Nadine Flagel’s mission is to make art out of “making do.” She completed a Ph.D. in English Literature in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she fell in love with hooked rugs. Nadine has hooked rugs and taught literature for fifteen years; texts and textiles share her attention equally. Nadine is particularly interested in the juxtapositions of texture, colour, and form that are possible with reclaimed fabric. Her work poses strategic and symbolic interventions in a culture preoccupied with consumption.
Recently, Nadine received a Creative Spark grant from the City of Vancouver to work with children to make art out of recycled fabric. She teaches rug hooking at Maiwa Symposium of Textile Arts and has organized a group show of hooked rugs to be held at Britannia Art Gallery in September 2017. Nadine is a member of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Artists, the Craft Council of British Columbia, and a local group of rug hooking artists.