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!
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.
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.