Freeform Crochet Artist Emily Barletta: A Closer Look
by Hannah Ege
In our series of showcasing artists who use crochet, we want to highlight the awe-inspiring fiber artist Emily Barletta. With a portfolio filled with stunning crochet sculptures, Emily shows a range of skills from crochet to clay sculptures, to embroidery, and more.
Emily Barletta received her BFA in Fiber Arts in 2003 from The Maryland Institute College of Art and is now a Brooklyn-based artist.
Having her first solo show in 2007, Emily has had numerous group shows. In 2009, she won the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Crafts award, and in 2011, she won the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
You can find Emily’s most recent work on her Instagram page, and her prints are available for purchase at the Blue Print Gallery based in Austin, TX.
Here is a look at Emily’s work from across the years, with a focus on her crochet sculptures.
Freeform Crochet Artist Emily Barletta
Get ready to be inspired by the enchanting world of freeform crochet and the boundless imagination of Emily Barletta.
Emily does a lot of work with embrodiery on canvas and paper, and often these pieces are inspired by her own crochet work. In a caption on Instagram, Emily explains that the close up pictures taken of her crochet sculptures is what she wants to capture with her needle work.
In more recent years, Emily brought her crochet art back combining it with images and sculptures of the Virgin Mary. Emily explains that although she is not religious, Mary always felt like a protective spirit of goodness and love.
In 2019 Emily became disabled and shares openly about this shift and how it has impacted her ability and desire to create.
Her work shifted to more detailed embroidery work that incorporates uplifting messaging and a look at the human experience.
Emily's art career and continued current work is breathtaking and inspiring in so many ways. Her continued persistence and commitment to joy in the face of hardships is captured in every piece she puts out.