Freeform Crochet Artist: Gwen Blakley Kinsler

Gwen Blakley Kinsler, better known as The Crochet Queen (or Cro-Kween), is a crochet designer, author and teacher who also creates what I definitely consider to be works of crochet art.

More about crochet artist Gwen Blakley Kinsler

You may know Kinsler’s name just from your interest in crochet because of the fact that she is the founder of the Crochet Guild of America. Or you may know her name because of the fact that she’s been published in numerous crochet / craft magazines and books. Kinsler is also a member of the National Needlework Association, a crochet retreat leader and an entrepreneur who founded her own business called Fiber Impressions in the early 1990’s.

More about Kinsler’s crochet art

Most of the crochet artists that I feature here on the blog on Mondays are artists first and happen to use crochet as a medium. Kinsler is a little bit different because I would guess that she is a crochet lover first and expresses her love of crochet through many different channels including art. She does more “traditional” wearable crochet, she does true crochet art and then she does something in-between, freeform wearable pieces, which I happen to think are some of the best pieces that she’s produced.

Examples of Kinsler’s crochet art

Let’s take a look at a few of Kinsler’s freeform pieces since they’re my favorites. You can see much more of them on her site under the Free Form Crochet tab.

You can also see some of Kinsler’s crochet art on her page under the tab “Crochet as Art”. A couple of my favorite pieces:

And I also have to mention her award-winning self-portrait done in crochet because it’s so awesome!

Kinsler’s Support of Crochet Art

I think one of the most important contributions that Kinsler has made to crochet art is her long-standing support of crochet as an art form. Her website explains that she insisted from the beginning that the CGOA support crochet art at each of its Chain Link conferences. She herself helped to curate two large crochet art exhibitions in the past decade.

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  1. I’ve always liked her stuff, I like the 1st sweater the mosst.

  2. I only know her through articles and what others have to write about her, but her art is amazing. Freeform is not a technique that I have ever done, but I definitely appreciate others who create it.

    • @Cris – I’ve only done a little bit of it myself but i’m getting some practice this month by following the freeform CAL that Crochet Liberation Front is doing for July.

  3. Met Gwen through Ravelry
    She is really a fun and creative lady for sure..
    Gwen certainly does some interesting creative freeforming

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