I was really excited to hear that neo-doilies crochet artist Asimina Chremos is having her first solo exhibit of her work, opening tomorrow night at stadler-Kahn in Philadelphia, PA. I’ve featured her colorful creative crochet work multiple times on this blog and am excited to see others are enjoying it too!
Crochet, Like Jazz
Alex Stadler says of this crochet work:
“Chremos’ work, like a jazz riff on a standard, reveals what is possible when a classical structure is toyed with and subverted. Her work exemplifies the most elevated form of play.”
I think that’s a perfect description of how Asimina has altered the traditional doily with her artistic vision!
Art Forms: Crochet and Dance
Asimina is not only a crocheter but also a dancer and she is exploring how the two things are similar in terms of artistic expression. This will be one of the things that she talks about at her artist talk and performance that happens at stadler-Kahn at 6:30 on November 12, 2013.
The press release shares:
“Asimina Chremos brings a dancer’s appreciation for free movement and improvisation to her crochet work. Working without a pattern, she discovers the form organically as she works with the material. She uses traditional crochet technique and structure as a tool for ongoing change and development so that new forms arise from repetition and recursiveness. Unlike her dance practice, Asimina’s textile work allows her to play with a new aspect, color. Her joy in colorplay, is evident throughout Neo-Doilies.”
Asimina’s Crochet Work
There are nine neo-doilies in this exhibit. The release says: “Freeform and distinct, these biomorphic, sprawling “drawings in movement and thread” vibrate and draw the eye no matter where or how they are displayed.”
We learn a little bit more about how she creates the pieces:
“Asimina uses a small hook – size 10 or 12 – for her crochet-work. She uses a size 20 thread, which is intentionally on the larger end to allow her work to be delicate yet with a pleasing sturdiness. To finish each piece, she weaves the ends of the threads back in, then soaking in water and stretching out on a cardboard box with pins. This process is called “blocking”. Once dry, she un-pins, irons and starches to create the finished doily.”
And we also learn about the roots of the work:
“Asimina was first exposed to the crocheting craft at an early age. Her mother worked in weaving, spinning and other fiber art, and her grandmothers – though from starkly different backgrounds (one was a native rural Virginian and one first generation Greek) – both did crochet. Under their guidance, she grew an inherent sense for the feminine traditions of household order, and an appreciation for the loving the creation of crocheted afghans and doilies for domestic space. She now does crochet-work for several hours each day.”
Check out the exhibit and her talk if you’re in the Philadelphia area!