Laurie McRae is an oil painter and fibre artist whose fibre work crosses the boundaries of fine art, textile design and craft. She paints with wool and other textiles creating highly textured animal portraits, bold and colourful landscapes, florals and abstracts. Her fibre paintings include hooked and needle felted pieces- many incorporating both techniques.
Like her early forbearers who hooked rugs, McRae incorporates many recycled clothing and materials into her pieces, deconstructing and cutting them into strips either by hand or using a cloth strip cutter. Materials include everything from velvet ribbons, metallic threads, jerseys, silks, nylons, wool yarn, wool rovings and wool cloth strips. She works on fine linen backing employing different rug hooking styles; realistic and traditional, Waldoboro (high pile that is cut) and Grenfell (nylons and silk hooked in straight lines).