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SAVE THE DATES: Mandalas for Marinke Art Show!!

I am thrilled to announce that the mandalas created by the crochet community for the Mandalas for Marinke project will be on exhibit soon. It was amazing to me to see each of the mandalas as they were submitted and then to see them growing together as a big group that shows off the work, efforts, talent and love of so many people from around the world. It is a dream come true to finally have a space where others will also be able to see them as a group. If you aren’t familiar with the project, it was created in honor of the work of Marinke Slump, a crochet designer who died by suicide in 2015. It was a big online project to raise awareness about depression and suicide; take time to read through some of the posts here. Healing Circles: Mandalas for Marinke I have been so lucky to…

Crochet Interview with Jewelry and Decor Artist Penny From Wearit Crochet

Penny Chorafa of Wearit Crochet is a Greek crochet artist who loves to experiment with both form and material when constructing her crochet jewelry. With a background in architecture and an interest in unique fibers like paper yarn, she is able to make original, sculptural wearable art pieces, and is constantly pushing herself to create something new. What first inspired you to learn to crochet? Well, it all started during my maternity period, when I spent a lot of time in the house, taking care two infants. I wanted desperately to do something creative! So, I guess it was the will to escape my daily routine and the love of anything yarn-y that first led me to start to crochet. What are five words that best describe your art? The fact only that you call it art really honours me! Well, I guess my work can be identified as colourful,…

Interview with Crochet and Embroidery Artist Andy of O&Y Studio

Andrea (Andy) of O&Y Studio is a North Carolina fiber artist who creates one-of-a-kind wool floral art. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching as her work develops into a signature style; she fills embroidery hoops with a crocheted background and then adds freehand, textured, organic embroidery atop the crochet to create inspiring works of art. She also combines crochet with driftwood for original wall hangings that would add cozy fun style to just about any home. I was thrilled when she agreed to an interview for the blog.