Although some people still like to argue whether “artisanat” est “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”.
Matty Bovan is a graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins fashion design school with an MA in fashion knitwear. He has worked with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. Matty works crochet into his designs in unique ways, sometimes as a sculptural statement piece and other times as a layered accessory.
Artist Annie Hsiao Weng was impacted by her own travel experience and decided to do something about it. “The plastic sea turtle was made in the hope that it will bring attention to the issues sea turtles and other sea life endure every day as we continue to pollute our oceans with plastics and much much more.”
Minjoo Chae is a fashion photographer and filmmaker in London who is “bringing eccentric imagination to life”. That seems to be true of this fashion art video called Crochet, Intertwined Loops.
Hohana Flora Domanais (Marihohana) is a crocheter in the Philippines who recently shared her beautiful crochet mandala art installation with me. She mentioned that crochet had also saved her from depression and we continued to communicate so she could share her story.
Sheila Pepe was one of the very first crochet artists that I profiled on this blog more than five years ago. She is giving a talk today about her work at East Tennessee State University, so I thought it was a great time to revisit what she does. Her work is definitely relevant to issues affecting society today.