altoon+sultan-turquoise+circlesAltoon Sultan, who taught painting at SJSU for several years before moving Vermont, is a fine artist who sees no stigma or prejudice in the skill of hooked rug making and has incorporated it effortlessly into her fine art work as a process of that art rather than as a minor support skill. She has a subtle eye for both texture and colour variation, as can be seen in the images shown in this article, http://thetextileblog.blogspot.com/,all of which are the work of Sultan. For the artist it is not just a matter of producing a pattern out of the hooking technique, there is also the much subtler use of the direction that the loops take within the composition, some compositions switching the direction with a change of colour or texture, while others use the change of loop direction in order to add a subtle pattern for the eye to follow.

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