I first fell in love with the beautiful colorful crochet work of Marianne Dekkers-Roos on Instagram and was then thrilled when the Netherlands-based crafter contributed to the Mandalas for Marinke project. I was so happy for her (and the world of crochet) when I learned that she was releasing her first book, Colorful Crochet, this year. I’m excited to bring this book to you today along with an interview where Marianne shares more.
Back in 2014 there was an amazing gallery exhibit of crochet from Tuvalu and people began to pay attention to the history and art of the craft in that region. Since that time, not much has been published online, but it’s worth a look back at that exhibit to get some inspiration!
As soon as you enter Adinda’s World, you can’t help but be inspired by the bold colors, oversized organic flowers and flowing nature of all of her amazing work.
Sanita (“Sany”) Brensone is a crochet artist who loves to make blankets in bold, beautiful colors with great graphic designs. In this interview she shares more about her life, work and process.
I love the work that Ernesto Neto does creating large scale installations in crochet. When I saw that Knithacker had posted about a recent visit to a kid-friendly exhibit of his at Tonya Bonakdar Gallery, I realized I hadn’t checked into what he’s been up to in awhile.
I was beyond thrilled when I found out that Amanda Perkins was going to be writing a crochet book. I have long been following her beautiful work, always stunned by her unique color combinations, her layout of intricate crochet motifs and her prolific production of truly impressive designs. I have always thought of her crochet blankets as individual works of art and was surprised the first time I learned that she offers crochet patterns so that others can replicate these works of art. I think it’s brilliant that she does this and would definitely encourage blanket-makers to check her out. And those who wish to can now do that with her book!
It was over one year ago that I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project to honor the work and life of Marinke Slump from A Creative Being and to raise awareness about depression and mental health issues. As of yesterday, all of the individual submissions have been posted.