Interactive Crochet Artist Sheila Pepe

by Kathryn on April 18, 2011 · 1 comment

in Crochet Artists

 

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Common Sense, Georgia, 2010

Artist Sheila Pepe caught my attention after I recently read a news article about her current exhibition. It’s called Common Sense and it’s been traveling around but has now landed at the he said, she said exhibition and event in the Chicago area. Common Sense is an interactive crochet art exhibit that I find completely intriguing. It is described as: “Incorporating ideas of abstraction and construction, the large-scale crochet “drawing” allows audiences to participate in the work by unraveling the material to be used for their own creations.” I love the idea that the art is the product as well as the process and I love how it gives a nod to the way that crocheters repurpose knit and crochet items from the past to make them into new modern creations.

More about crochet artist Sheila Pepe

Sheila Pepe is a New Jersey born artist who lives and works in New York City. She has an extensive background in art with a BA, a BFA in Cermatics, an MFA and training in blacksmithing and painting and sculpture. Wow! She has been showing her work in solo exhibitions since 1994 and she has a terrific body of work to her name. She has won numerous awards, the most recent of which was the 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. She is also an art teacher who guest lectures regularly at other schools.

Examples of Sheila Pepe’s crochet art

The creativity of Pepe’s work speaks for itself. Take a look:

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Women are from Mars with Crocheted Thing, 2010

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Your Granny’s Not Square, 2008

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Greybeard, 2008

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Mutable Thing, 2011

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Mr. Slit in situ
Break the Rules! Sammlung Hieber/Theising, Mannheim Kunstverein, Germany, 2008

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Crafters’ Tent, part of The Big Draw, 2007

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Wearable Wrap.
Commissioned by Lion Brand Yarn, 2006

Sheila Pepe around the web

Food for thought

Pepe’s crochet art is clearly abstract. Does it appeal to you or are you more interested in clean line crochet art?

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