I am always delighted to see upcycled doily items by Maillo in my Instagram feed, and it’s pure joy to go through the online Maillo boutique. I thought I was going to say more about this but what I find as I sit down to write this is that the images really and truly speak for themselves!
Last fall I received a beautiful wooden jewelry frame from eWoodStory, which I filled with some textured crochet. I was happy with what I created, but it’s absolutely nothing compared to some of the stunningly beautiful works of art that have emerged inside of these little frames. They aren’t just filled with crochet – people are filling them with embroidery and other stitchery as well – and I swear every time I see a creation I think it’s better than the last.
Una Lorenzen’s documentary titled “filati” takes a look at knitting and crochet artists around the world and the interesting work that they are doing with needles, hooks and yarn. The film debuted at SXSW to mixed reviews but looks worth a watch to me.
Sam Moss has a beautiful Instagram feed where she shares stories through mixed media miniatures that incorporate crochet.
The very first crochet artist that I profiled on this blog back in 2011 was Olek. The world was starting to get to know her from her yarnbombing. Many of the artists that I wrote about that year have kind of faded away but Olek’s work in crochet art just keeps getting stronger and stronger. It’s been awhile since this blog explored it so I thought I’d showcase some of her newer stuff here today.
Akua Lezli Hope has shared her story with us about how crochet heals and how she pays it forward through teaching crochet. Today we check back with her to see the crochet art doll that she recently fell in love with making.
Jennifer Cox is a unique artist who combines crochet with painting in a way that’s original, bold and inviting. She was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to Michigan in 2000. She has training and a degree in advertising and graphic design along with fine art. Asked to describe herself simply, Lei dice, “I’m an artist, designer and mom”. She loves anything creative but her first love is painting and now also crochet. Learn more about this talented artist and her work from the interview below.