My contributions to #100WomenProject, 2015
I mentioned last month in an article about graduate student Amy Readers #100WomenProject that I’ve increasingly been contacted by students at all levels who are studying crochet. One of those students was a sixteen-year-old high school student who needed to do a presentation on a crochet artist for her Fabric Arts final. I was touched that she reached out to me, since I only somewhat consider myself an artist in this way, and it was great to really think about my experiences making crochet art.
I shared with her:
I learned to crochet when I was a child but didn’t really do much with it until I was in my late 20s. I was going through a battle with depression and there wasn’t a whole lot that I had energy for but I remembered that I liked to crochet when I was young so I decided to learn again. I began with making basic scarves and blankets but then began to create a variety of art in crochet. I love that this is a form of self-expression that I can embrace even though I’m not skilled at arts like drawing, painting or sculpting!
Yarnopolis, YBLA collaborative project, 2014
I have been working as a crochet artist for about five years. I like to use hyperbolic crochet techniques to create three-dimensional objects including abstract flowers. I would say that my style is abstract but inspired by organic shapes. I am inspired by nature, color and texture. I enjoy creating the original piece and then I also enjoy photographing it and manipulating the photos with filters and editing tools. I also really like contributing to large collaborative group projects and exhibits and am happy to adapt my style to fit the needs of projects like that.
Put a Ring On It, 2014
I do try to include my crochet projects on my main website under My Artsy Side. Some more:
Contributed Granny Squares to CAFAM: Granny Squared at Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum
Contribution to 2011 Something in the Water eco-art project, making plarn crochet breasts to raise awareness of the damage that plastics due to water around the world
Flower art WIP