I first came across artist Vincent Green-Hite of Knot Bad over on Instagram where I was charmed by his creative use of photography that made his adorable amigurumi stand out in the sea of visual noise. Vincent is talented but humble, giving a lot of credit to the awesome creative community around him for their support, as he shares his story of being unsure what to do with himself in college and ultimately leaving and discovering crochet.
Crochet artist Olek always makes a statement with her work – not just in the size and scale but also in the subject matter. She has started a community public art project called Love Across the USA “with the goal of celebrating positive women’s voices throughout U.S. history.” There will be installations in all 5o states.
Crochet artist team Alyssa and Liz of Threadwinners share their thoughts on the health benefits of crochet and the general benefits they’ve each experienced. Plus info on a project you can collaborate on with them if you’re quick!
Lisa Anderson Shaffer is a textile artist who creates crochet art pieces and also has a line of fiber art jewelry called Zelma Rose. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview her about her work, her history with crochet and how crafting has offered benefits in her life as well as the life of her grandmother.
I am thrilled to have a piece of crochet art in the California Yarnscape exhibit at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles. This exhibit was curated by Yarnbombing LA. I loved playing a smaller part in some of their previous collaborative crochet exhibits and it’s great to have a larger piece in this one.
Although some people still like to argue whether “craft” is “art” (and if not then what the difference is), you simply can’t deny that these creations are art. Yarnbombers and crochet artists have been inspired by famous works of art, recreating them using sculpture, tapestry and freeform crochet.
The UNTIED-UNITED collaborative yarnbombing art project in Ypsilanti is an inspiring piece designed to fight the divisiveness happening in our country today by bringing children together in a “web of interconnectedness”.