Typically this blog focuses only on crochet but occasionally there is an artist working in another area of fiber arts that has so much talent that I just have to share. That’s the case with South African artist Jessica Merle, a multidisciplinary artist working in embroidery, ceramics and other media. Much of what she shares in this interview will resonate with readers who have turned to crafting to get through a tough time, foster a sense of connection with previous generations and express themselves creatively. She also discusses how working in a traditionally gendered craft (whether that’s embroidery or crochet) becomes performative, offering opportunities for social commentary, personal growth and community healing. Her work touches on important themes of trauma but what she offers is a place not only for discussion but also for inspiring hope and recovery. The photos shown throughout this post are the body of work Jessica created…
In January I shared the fashion designers who had already put crochet on the runway for 2017, but the main fashion week shows hadn’t happened, encore. Now they have so it’s time for the update!
Recently we looked at the work by Jem’s Crochet Creation who creates faceless crochet African hijab dolls that are in line with Muslim teachings. Umm Maryam is another crafter who also creates Faceless Crochet Dolls.
I only rarely mention knitting here on Crochet Concupiscence, since I like to keep it a crochet-focused blog but Tudor Roses is such a unique knitting book that I simply had to share it with you. Learn more about it and then enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a copy.
This is a guest post by Mari McCarthy who has written a book called Journaling Power: How To Create the Happy, Healthy, Life You Want to Live. Bien que non spécifique au crochet, it relates to many of the issues I care about in terms of using creative self-expression to heal yourself and improve your life. In my book, Crochet pour guérir, I share tips for keeping a crochet journal and exploring “yarn for thought” questions that are an aspect of journaling to heal. This dovetails nicely with what Mari shares here today.
Celtic Cable Crochet is a new book by Bonnie Barker who uses her extensive experience in the niche of Aran Isle crochet and cabling to bring us 18 beautifully textured clothing and accessories patterns.
I had a backlog of crochet interviews for the longest time that I have finally almost completed. It is very important to me to give each interview my complete attention, even if that means it takes awhile to get it published. I firmly believe each story is important and that there is value in sharing it. And I’m ready to share more!