Ann Benoot is a self-taught textile artist from Belgium who does terrific creative work with crochet art. She has been working on a beautiful series of crocheted Zentangle power animals that I find to be unique and interesting. In this interview, she tells us about the inspiration for those, her history with the craft and what it’s been like to find her creative voice.
When I put together my recent roundup of driftwood+crochet inspiration, I stumbled upon the work of crochet artist Susanna Bauer. I realized I’d actually seen her beautiful designs before, and I was surprised to see that I’d never done an article about the amazing stuff that she does with organic materials and crochet. Well, here’s that post.
Yarnbombing is often called a feminine, friendly form of graffiti but it doesn’t usually like the kind of graffiti that most people are familiar with. Yarnbomb artist London Kaye really brings the street style into her crochet work with graphic images that represent some of the best aspects of different styles of graffiti art, all completed with yarn. I love her sense of artistic beauty and I’m hardly the only one she’s collaborated with some major name brands and partnered with various designers.
Nathalie Doolaard is a Netherlands-based crochet artist who creates soft sculpture objects. She began her crochet work in designing and creating exclusive garments, jewelry and handbags for women. She then expanded this with an interest in crochet sculpture and began to develop her techniques to take advantage of the many amazing possibilities in the craft. She loves to work with brightly colored cotton and raffia. In this interview, Nathalie shares more about what draws her to crochet sculpture, the pros and cons of working in 3D and what some of her favorite pieces are.
What I love about both projects is that they transport you to another world, a world made entirely of crochet from head to toe, where the crochet is amazing but the story is what really matters.
Elin Thomas is a UK-based visual artist who works in a variety of mediums including crochet. Her crochet work was originally inspired by the Hyperbolic Crochet Reef Project and is informed by organic materials including lichen and mold.
My mother is the one who originally taught me to crochet, and then she also encouraged me again twenty years later when I wanted to re-learn what I’d forgotten. (You can read our story here.) Since I began crocheting, my mom has picked up the craft again as well, making checkerboard baby blankets for all of the babies born to our friends and other items here and there. Recently, my mom answered a call for submissions to a local Tucson art gallery, and I am thrilled to say that a piece of her crochet artwork is on exhibit now, with an opening reception tonight.