(day 13 abc)
Just as with any craft, there are a few who have taken the versatility of crochet and turned it into amazing works of art. I want to take a break from my normal *advice/tips/suggestions to the crafty seller* to show case some art in my own craft of choice 😀
Agata Oleksiak born in Poland, said that she often finds herself alone for days on end as a result of her work. She explained that “choosing crochet as my artistic method was not a conscious decision; it came to me when I was trying to figure out one assignment and it did not leave me… I feel like somebody, or rather something glued the hook with crazy glue to my fingers. A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable.” She added that her “use of crochet has no relation to the world of craft, rather it is used as an alternative to other artistic mediums such as oil or acrylic on canvas. Its use can be interpreted as a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of the body, its systems and psychology, and, in a broader sense, it can represent humanity itself. The connections are stronger as one fabric, as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart.”
Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam crochets colorful yarn into large scale nets that can be installed on playgrounds for children to climb upon. They are also visually stimulating, changing the landscape with their bold design. She starts the design process by creating a wooden scaled model of the public space that she’s going to place her net in and then crocheting the piece in fine cotton thread to the appropriate scale to match the wooden model.
Joana Vasconcelos incorporates objects from daily life into expansive assemblages combined with the use of old style craft techniques. Her use of crochet in her work alludes to an activity usually associated with women and old crafts. Vasconcelos combines this with the freedom that contemporary culture can provide.
Patricia Waller is interested in our fears and our ability to suppress them – that’s why Patricia plays with various themes that we usually ignore like fears of aging, illness and disability. “Due to the technique of crocheting – all my works are produced by myself in handicraft – and the selection of the subject-matter, my works seem harmless at first sight. But if you take a closer look, you will discover biting irony and a strong dose of nastiness.” says Patricia.