I recently decided to go ahead and make a Crochet Concupiscence Facebook page. Before that, I didn’t spend much time on Facebook. (Honestly, it’s probably my least favorite social media option.) But now that I’ve got the page, I’ve been over there more, and I have to admit that sometimes I see some awesome crochet things there that I haven’t seen anywhere else – things like the work of crochet artist Magda Van der Vloed who I just discovered thanks to a photo post shared by The Crochet Dude.
Crochet Artist Magda Van Der Vloed
Magda Van der Vloed is a South African artist, designer and product developer who loves working with recycled materials. She frequently crochets with recycled plastic bags as well as with thick PVC wire/ recycled phone cords. She also adds crochet work to recycled plastic bottles for a twist on the idea of plastic crochet. In addition to sculptural art, this artist also makes wearable art in the form of jewelry.
Another notable thing about Magda van der Vloed is that she does fair trade artisan work. For example, the brooch above is “a product of a cooperative project with Magda Van Der Vloed - workshop of MUM’s“. It is made from recycled telephone wires and handcrafted jewels; the jewels are fair trade items from South Africa and the brooch is sold through Australian company Stem. A French blog post further explains that “Magda van Der Vloed manages a small integration business unit to form and employ young craftsman workers. Renowed for her creative and teaching talents, she often conducts products development workshops for South African NGO “Aid to Artisans”.
Plarn Crochet Trophy Heads
The first attention-getting item I saw from this crochet artist was one of her animal trophy heads which are crocheted using recycled plastic bags.
I love these because:
- They have terrific striking use of color.
- They’re granny squares in plarn, which you don’t usually see.
- They celebrate an alternative form of taxidermy.
Other Crochet Art Pieces
The crochet trophy heads are definitely my favorite things from Magda Van der Vloed but she also has some other fun crochet art.
Plastic containers upcycled with crocheted plastic bags
Full-size crochet animal sculptures, photo source is Mahatsara, which works with fair trade artisan organizations.
Recycled telephone wire
Similar Crochet Artists
Magda van der Vloed immediately makes me think of Shauna Richardson, the original creator of “crochetdermy“.
I also have to think of yarnbombers Ladies Fancywork Society because of this particular piece.
And since she works in colorful plarn, she also reminds me of Gooseflesh
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