Appunto: Last week I wrote about Arlene Stimmel. I’ve since learned a bit more about her and have updated that post.
If you’re following along on my exploration of edgy 1970′designer s crochet you’ll see that I’ve jumped ahead on the list this week. I’ve decided it makes the most sense to share what I know about the designers that I have found the most information on while I continue to research the other designers. So this week I’m talking about the terrific Del Feldman.
Who is Del Feldman
Del Feldman was originally a sculptor but she wasn’t able to make enough money in that form of art so she turned to crochet which allowed her to make a living in the 1970s. Spinse i bordi di quello crochet potrebbe essere esplorando vari modelli all'uncinetto forma libera e tecniche. Ha aperto la sua boutique Greenwich Village e si guadagnava da vivere insegnare le sue idee gratuite forma crochet agli altri. Il fondamento di base del suo insegnamento era che una volta che si conosce il crochet più comune cuce il vostro lavoro è limitato solo dalla tua creatività. Sono così d'accordo! Si sottolinea in almeno uno dei suoi libri che è la libertà di uncinetto che lo rende una meravigliosa forma d'arte come. Ha anche celebrato il fatto che storicamente crochet è stato sempre fatto come una forma d'arte o scelta decorativa, non come una necessità (a differenza di altri vecchi mestieri come la tessitura.) Del Pitt Feldman è uno dei crocheter della incluso nel CGOA Hall of Fame.
Del Feldman in Creative Crochet
My go-to book for the start of my research into each of these edgy crochet designers is Crochet creativa. Del Feldman has a few items featured in this great vintage free form resource, all of which are vests. Del Feldman also did non-wearable crochet art but her wearable work was definitely attention getting. Infatti, I was kind of surprised to find that she wasn’t one of the artists featured in the Arte da indossare book that I’m so loving these days.
Del Feldman in Hard Crochet
Another book I love for 1970s crochet research is Mark Dittrick’s Difficile Crochet. Del Feldman has work featured in that book as well but in this case it’s very structural spiral crochet vases.
Del Feldman’s The Crocheter’s Art
Although Feldman’s work made cameo appearances in those other great 1970s crochet resources, the real wealth of information about this crocheter comes from her own books. I have a copy of L'arte del crocheter, New Dimensions in Free-form Crochet, a book she put out in 1974. The book features the work of many other crochet artists from that era but most importantly gives insight into how Del views crochet as art. Infatti, the entire first chapter is titled “How Crochet Can Be Art”.
This book shows some of Del’s crochet art that can be worn (there are mittens, per esempio) but what I love about her work in this book are the examples of dolls and landscapes that are shown here. And my favorite is a crochet plant holder. I think I love it because the hanging plant holder seems so classic to the 1970s but I always think of them in macrame, not this kind of cool creative crochet.
Crochet di Del Feldman: Discovery e Design
Feldman has another book from the 1970s that I don’t have a copy of. Si chiama Gancio: Discovery e Design. E 'un 1972 book so it pre-dates the other books I’ve mentioned here and is therefore tougher to find. I bet it has some great stuff in it though!
Del Pitt Feldman Today
I don’t know for sure what Feldman is up to today. Tuttavia, I’ve seen some mentions here or there that give a hint. Per esempio, there was a 2008 arte mostra intitolata Eat Clay or Die at the Greenwich House and Feldman was named as one of the participating artists. She was also named as an artist participating in their holiday sale that year. If you know anything else about Del’s more recent work I’d love to know about it!