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.
Check out this video which shows how to take different types of yarn and fabric and use simple finger crochet techniques to upcycle a chair with those fibers.
Chili Philly gained attention online for his wearable crochet art hats (often resembling fun food). Now he’s gained the attention of the Australian Design Centre where he’s having his first major solo exhibition of his work this year.
When I think of crochet playgrounds, I immediately think of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam who began creating them in the 1970s and gained widespread attention for her work a few years ago. I then think of Ernesto Neto and the projects by collectives Numen and Suspension of Disbelief. It would be remiss not to also include the work by artist Cathy Bertel who creates suspended crochet nets wrapped around exercise balls to create interactive swings.
Retour en 2014 there was an amazing gallery exhibit of crochet from Tuvalu and people began to pay attention to the history and art of the craft in that region. Depuis ce temps, not much has been published online, but it’s worth a look back at that exhibit to get some inspiration!
As soon as you enter Adinda’s World, you can’t help but be inspired by the bold colors, oversized organic flowers and flowing nature of all of her amazing work.