When I think of crochet playgrounds, I immediately think of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam who began creating them in the 1970s and gained widespread attention for her work a few years ago. I then think of Ernesto Neto and the projects by collectives Numen and Suspension of Disbelief. It would be remiss not to also include the work by artist Cathy Bertel who creates suspended crochet nets wrapped around exercise balls to create interactive swings.
A group called Suspension of Disbelief is currently running an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to try to raise enough money for supplies to build a largescale crochet playground for Burning Man 2014.
Artist Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam has updated her website with new information and pictures about her crochet playgrounds. Here’s a visual chronology.