Shelly Nicolle-Phillips currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan and was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. Shelly taught herself the craft of rug hooking in 2015, inspired by the many rugs that were hooked by her grandmother and the long tradition of hooking in the Maritimes. Her art is a mix of traditional primitive rug hooking designs and more modern pieces including many landscapes. The depth and texture in her work is achieved using a wide variety of colours and textures of mostly wool with other materials such as silk used to accent her designs. Many of her pieces are inspired by the vast, beautiful prairie landscape as well as her birthplace in PEI.
Rug hooking is a simple craft to learn and an accessible way to express creativity. The simple motion of hooking rugs can also be a relaxing almost meditative practice. Shelly loves to teach others how to hook rugs and introduce them to the traditional craft.