As an undocumented immigrant in the United States Jose Luis Zelaya did not qualify for funding for higher education so he had to find a way to put himself through college. Crochet helped. He started making and selling affordable crochet accessories, particularly hats called DREAMbeanies, to raise funds to support himself. He’s really been successful in his education and is now working hard to encourage education as a path for others.
This week I fell in love with this simple video by Tom of Holland, in which he explains the essence of his “visible mending” in fiber art. He is not strictly, or even most, a crochet artist but he does incorporate crochet into his work and I think that the overall message of what he’s doing is so interesting and valuable.
Today is International Women’s Day. I want to talk a little bit about what that is and celebrate it through crochet.
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.
Did professional football player Rosey Grier really crochet in the 1970s? I’m not sure.
Bill Davenport is a fascinating artist who works on one style of project for a period of time and then seems to switch gears to something else. Back in the 1990s he was making crochet art.