The #MandalasForMarinke project now has its own dedicated page here on Crochet Concupiscence where you will find more information about the project and answers to FAQ.
The first monthly Artizan Made photo contest has come to its conclusion and I’m happy to see that it was a crochet contribution that won first prize!
I have been deeply impacted this morning by the news that Marinke (Wink) of A Creative Being succumbed to suicide. (See full post here.) And I feel like I need to do something. After re-reading her story in Crochet Saved My Life, mulling it over during meditative crochet and mindful walking, I’ve come up with the project. It’s called #MandalasForMarinke.
The crochet blanket was made by a computer programmer. It took him 800 hours over a six year period to get the blanket just right. The toughest part was researching the exact yarn colors to make the world look like it does on the screen.
I was happily surprised when I received a newsletter from crochet artist Nathan Vincent announcing that his first solo museum exhibit opened yesterday. I wasn’t surprised that he has an exhibit – I was surprised to realize that he hadn’t had a solo show at a museum before now! He’s a terrific, prolific crochet artist who I love to support in any way that I can.
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.
I learned to crochet when I was a child but didn’t really do much with it until I was in my late 20s. I was going through a battle with depression and there wasn’t a whole lot that I had energy for but I remembered that I liked to crochet when I was young so I decided to learn again. I began with making basic scarves and blankets but then began to create a variety of art in crochet. I love that this is a form of self-expression that I can embrace even though I’m not skilled at arts like drawing, painting or sculpting!