Original rug hooking by Jamie Ribisi-Braley depicting the Shakers’ Herb Garden with the yellow yarrow growing strong and the 1794 Meeting House in the distance. Always a favorite summer scene!
Jamie is the Office Manager at Shaker Village and is also the President of the Friends of the Shakers. Organizing, facilitating, and taking mannnnny workshops at Shaker Village, this rug hooking is Jamie’s culmination of years of experiences and friendships at Chosen Land. Many of the materials in this piece are remainders of past fiber based workshops Jamie participated in including rug hooking with Beth Miller, rugs in the Shaker Spirit with the late Rose Ann Hunter, plus new materials like natural dyed yarn with Marty Elkin. Plus homespun yarn from her husband Brian Braley (all the fluffy white stuff) and locally spun and dyed yarn from Nezinscot Farm. Even some cotton fabric left over from a massive amount of pandemic mask-making, supported by many members of the Friends of the Shakers.
After all, it’s all about community at Shaker Village so this piece completely reflects those friendships made in Shaker Village’s workshops, in the Gardens, and through the Friends of the Shakers.
This piece is one-of-a-kind, an original composition and created on-the-fly much like her painting style. Professionally bound edges by Edna Olmstead, a fiber artist, friend, and fellow Shaker Village workshop-taker.
Material: Wool & cotton on cotton monk’s cloth.
The finished piece measures 13 inches square and would work well as a table centerpiece, table topper, a large hot plate, or hung on the wall.
Currently on view at The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine.