Kim Mack is a 56-year-old wife, mother of five and grandmother of 6 with many step-grandchildren in the family too. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2002. She sells crochet items through her Etsy store, LoveUnspokenCrochet, including her most popular item: Kufi hats. Crochet helps her living with MS, which she shares more about in this interview.
Recently we looked at the work by Jem’s Crochet Creation who creates faceless crochet African hijab dolls that are in line with Muslim teachings. Umm Maryam is another crafter who also creates Faceless Crochet Dolls.
Sheila Pepe was one of the very first crochet artists that I profiled on this blog more than five years ago. She is giving a talk today about her work at East Tennessee State University, so I thought it was a great time to revisit what she does. Her work is definitely relevant to issues affecting society today.
I’ve been doing research into crochet around the world, seeking to highlight the work of crafters whose backgrounds / beliefs may cause them to be impacted by recent political issues in the United States. In doing so, I came across this sweet HuffPo story from back in 2015.
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.
Jeminah Johnson makes crochet items including African hijab dolls that are in line with Muslim teachings.
I am shining a spotlight on crochet designers, artists and makers who come from different parts of the world, hold a variety of beliefs and share themselves in myriad ways that are relevant to today’s issues.