Hannah Epstein on how her rug hooking art is influenced by comics, the internet and after-school television

Canadian artist Hannah Epstein joins Tom Power live in studio to tell us why she wants to change people's minds about textile art.
Artist Hannah Epstein with her creations. (Hannah Epstein)

A knitted sweater, a throw pillow, an embroidered patch on your jeans — textiles like these surround us everywhere, but they're not typically seen as high-brow art. Hannah Epstein is changing that. The Canadian artist uses rug hooking to create her surprising textile art, which draws its aesthetic influences from the internet, comics, The Simpsons, feminism and her degree in folklore.

Epstein joined q's Tom Power live in studio to tell us why she wants to change people's minds about textile art being, as she puts it, a "granny craft."

You can see some of Epstein's work at Refinery29's interactive exhibit called 29Rooms, which is on display from Sept. 26 until Oct. 6 at Toronto's Exhibition Place. The artist's work can be found on Instagram under the handle @gdgrlhanski.

One of Hannah Epstein's rug hooking works. (Hannah Epstein)

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