Awhile back I featured a profile of terrific Texas-based crochet artist Elaine Bradford. She has since turned me on to another Houston crochet artist Rachelle Vasquez, who I’m excited to share more about now.
More about crochet artist Rachelle Vasquez
Usually I have a lot to say about the crochet artist I’m profiling because I do a lot of online research before writing about him or her. However, there’s not online that I can find about this particular artist so I’m just going to let the art speak for itself!
Examples of Vasquez’s crochet art
The main crochet project by Vasquez that I’ve seen get some attention online is her animal scarves. Take a look at one of them here:
These pieces actually remind me a little bit of creepy cute crochet artist Patricia Waller in a weird way. Do you agree? Although not necessarily “art” per se, I kind of like her scraps scarf:
But really what intrigues me about Vasquez’s body of work is the work that she’s done in tapestry crochet, something I’ve never tried before myself but am impressed by when I see it done by someone else. For example, check out Vasquez’s 28 Birds, a 5 foot wide crocheted piece featuring 28 of the 50 state birds.
28 Birds is part of a bigger project called Birds without Borders. On her Flickr account, Vasquez describes the project as:
For this project I mailed a line drawing of each state bird to each respective state, to a person whose last name was similar if not the same as their state’s bird. Their instructions were to fill in, color, add to or otherwise embellish my drawing and return it in a self addressed stamped envelope. A total of 100 drawings were mailed out, 2 to each state and only 12 came back completed and returned. Many came back blank containing letters as to why they didn’t alter the drawing. The ones that are blacked out are the ones that never came back. I also completed a large scale tapestry representing all of the state birds, of which there are 28 total; many are repeated.
Also check out this crocheted piece called When Winkie Comes Marching Home, which is part of a collection called Where Pigeons Dare, which “is about a specific group of animals that served during World War 2.” Love her cute ideas, don’t you?! This project was exhibited at Lawndale Art Center earlier this year.
There’s just something really fun and cheeky about the projects that she does and yet there’s definitely skill in that large scale tapestry crochet work. Are you a fan?