I’ve been doing research into crochet around the world, seeking to highlight the work of crafters whose backgrounds / beliefs may cause them to be impacted by recent political issues in the United States. In doing so, I came across this sweet HuffPo story from back in 2015.
As an undocumented immigrant in the United States Jose Luis Zelaya did not qualify for funding for higher education so he had to find a way to put himself through college. Crochet helped. He started making and selling affordable crochet accessories, particularly hats called DREAMbeanies, to raise funds to support himself. He’s really been successful in his education and is now working hard to encourage education as a path for others.
Jeminah Johnson makes crochet items including African hijab dolls that are in line with Muslim teachings.
I am shining a spotlight on crochet designers, artists and makers who come from different parts of the world, hold a variety of beliefs and share themselves in myriad ways that are relevant to today’s issues.
I only rarely mention knitting here on Crochet Concupiscence, since I like to keep it a crochet-focused blog but Tudor Roses is such a unique knitting book that I simply had to share it with you. Learn more about it and then enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a copy.
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.
This week I fell in love with this simple video by Tom of Holland, in which he explains the essence of his “visible mending” in fiber art. He is not strictly, or even most, a crochet artist but he does incorporate crochet into his work and I think that the overall message of what he’s doing is so interesting and valuable.
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.