Tapestry Crochet Artist Rachelle Vasquez

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?

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  1. Now that is one weird scarf! :)

  2. I never knew you could create tapestries with crochet. That is amazing.

  3. I like the deer scarf, and I love the tapestries. You can see the skill and workmanship it took to create them, and I respect that even in pieces that are not my particular style. I think that is my problem with some of the crochet artists that seem to get a lot of publicity lately; most of their work doesn’t look like it takes a lot of talent to create. Time, yes, but talent, not so much.

    • @Ann – I can understand that. I think it’s an issue that a lot of people have with art in general. I actually just saw a really interesting interview about the topic in relation to those artists who just create white canvases and things like that. The argument for it is that while anyone could do it, the fact that this artist did it at this time makes a statement about what is happening in the art world at that time – that it’s not so much about the product itself as it is about a statement on art. I can see how the same thing might apply to many crochet artists doing certain types of work at this time. That said, I am also often drawn to (or at least most impressed by) the crochet artists that are doing really detailed work that clearly takes skill as well as imagination and time.

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