“In my recent work, I have been exploring the use of conventional domestic materials to create art that is intended to be displayed in a museum. These materials include felt, needle and thread, tea and napkins, and, of course, yarn. That is why I have chosen yarn for this project. Yarn is a classically domestic item intended for practicality with a specific function. It also carries the connotation of the home and women caring for others. Through this project, I am redefining that view to become a representation of the strength, diversity and individuality of women. Each piece that is crocheted will be unique to the creator. When they are all displayed together, it will be overwhelming, colorful and powerful.”
I sent in my own contributions, which I shared in some of my Instagram posts (and you can see in the two photos above and the one just below). These contributions were combined with many others for the installation at Lovebomb, “an organically run collective artists space in the historical Manchester District of Richmond, Virginia.”
I wanted to let you know that the project was installed, it was a major success, and it is now complete. Amy shared:
“I received such an overwhelmingly positive response for it and not only did I meet my goal of 100, I surpassed it by receiving submissions from over 450 women from 15+ different countries!!!When I began this project, I never expected such an amazing response.”
Here’s a photo of the contributions on their way to installation via Instagram
Here’s a photo of the install in progress. Check out more photos here.
I am thrilled to say that crochet is making its way into a variety of different school projects at all ages. I’ve personally been contacted about my crochet experience (including experience with art and health benefits) from students ranging in grades form elementary to Masters level. It makes me so happy that people are studying, learning and considering crochet at all ages. I especially loved hearing from Miranda Nash who created trauma-informed craft kits of shelters.