Gene Shepherd is Director of Cambria Pines Rug Camp, always held the first full week of June at Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria, CA as well as Director of the on-line Internet Rug Camp, a subscription site where Gene posts teaching blogs and instructional videos about all aspects of rug hooking.
Gene regularly teaches private and group classes in Anaheim, CA. He is both a member of The Association of Traditional Handhooking Artists, as well as the organizations Educational Chair. He has also served as Co Chair of the 2013 ATHA Biennial and has been a frequent teacher and speaker at ATHA Biennials. He is also a member of TIGHR and was recently a keynote lecturer at the Victoria Triennial in 2015.
Known for his particular passion of introducing rug hooking to multi-ethnic children and adults, he has traveled as far as Russia, England, Canada and Australia to teach this art form. His hooked rugs have been featured several times in Rug Hooking Magazine and the ATHA Magazine.
Four of his works have been chosen to appear in A Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs: Fog, in 2002, Russian Birch, in 2004 and Miss Weigle, in 2005 and Big Momma, in 2009. Russian Birch was also chosen as a Reader’s Choice finalist.
In 2003 he served as one of 4 judges for Celebrations XIII. Although most of Gene’s work is based on his original designs, he has re-created two rugs for the US Park Service.
Working with black and white archival photos he designed and hooked two rugs that had been lost from FDR’s Top Cottage at Hyde Park, New York. These rugs went on display at Hyde Park in 2004.
He is a frequent contributor to Rug Hooking Magazine. His published works include The Rug Hooker’s Bible, Prodded Hooking for a Three Dimensional. his latest book, Prepared to Dye and over 80 professionally produced instructional DVD’s on various topics associated with the making of traditional hand hooked rugs.
For a gallery of Gene’s work, teaching schedule, original patterns, links to companion sites or information about Cambria Pines Rug Camp, log on to his website www.geneshepherd.com. email@example.com