Elaine Bradford is an award-winning Houston-based urban artist who uses crochet as her main medium. She recently gained attention for her crochet artwork because she was commissioned to do an installation of her work at the Houston Public Library. Most of her work is animal life that has a crocheted sweater or crocheted skin over it but she has other tricks in her bag as well.
More about crochet artist Elaine Bradford
One of the things that makes me really love Elaine Bradford as an artist is that she takes an idea and really expands on it
. Bij voorbeeld, she is collaborating with a writer and an illustrator to create a children’s book based on the gehaakte kunst installation that she put up the Houston Public Library
, expanding on the art through the book
. Another thing that I love about her is that she’s truly a working artist who is working at many different levels from creating street art to serving on the boards of local arts organizations
. Bradford has both a BFA and an MFA and has had been exhibiting her work in various places for more than a decade
Examples of Elaine Bradford’s crochet art
The image at the top of this post is a portion of the crochet artwork that is featured in the installation at the Houston Public Library. Basically she has filled an entire rotunda at the library with animals wearing colorful crochet skins. Here’s another image from that installation:
This is not the first time that she’s crocheted animals like this. She did similar work in 2009 for The Museum of Unnatural History:
I am actually really intrigued about what her work is expanding into now. Take a look at this cool image from a 2010 project she did called Impossible Things, which was part of an artist-in-residence event:
But I do like some of her older work as well, like this untitled piece:
Is Elaine Bradford a Crochet Taxidermist?
Recently I profiled another crochet artist
, Shauna Richardson
, who is known as a
“crochetdermist”, a term she coined to describe how she crochets taxidermy-style animals
. One of the articles that I read about Elaine Bradford called her a crochet taxidermist as well due mostly to the work that she did for the Museum of Unnatural History
. I think that term is somewhat applicable
. Echter, omdat de dieren uit de buurt van de werkelijkheid verdraaid zijn in Dr. Seuss-achtige stijl, Ik beschouw ze meer grillige en artsy dan de term “taxidermie” echt doet denken aan. Dan weer, Ik ben nu na te denken over een aantal van de taxidermie items die zijn samengesteld en worden tentoongesteld in San Francisco Paxton's Gate winkel … en als dat taxidermie dan veronderstel ik dit spul kan zeker haak taxidermie zijn. Wat denk je?
Citaat dat haar werk beschrijft
van Bradford's eerste Los Angeles solotentoonstelling in 2004 biedt een leuke kleine beschrijving van een aantal van haar gehaakte kunst:
“Elaine's werk bestaat uit verschillende objecten, zoals bomen, stofzuigers, en gemonteerd hertenkoppen, “gekleed” in truien hand geweven door de kunstenaar, die beoogt “deze alledaagse voorwerpen veranderen en trekken ze met zowel de comfortabele en de surrealistische”, in order to “introduce the viewer to an uncanny reality that is strange, yet plausible.” The gesture is one of comfort, warmte, and absurdity, adding a humorous twist.”
Elaine Bradford around the web
Question for you
A simple question today – what do you think of crochet artist Elaine Bradford? Deel uw gedachten in de comments!