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,,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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