Of all the types of crochet, I love when it is brought to the level of high art. That is probably why I love the Free Form Guild so much. I wish I had more time to spend on it. There are tons of ideas swirling around in my head and just not enough hours in the day.
So why am I telling you all this? Because I am VERY excited to share this week’s book review. Great artist Gwen Blakley Kinsler has a new book out, The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists and it is wonderful! It highlights different fiber artists, all with different approaches. It is certainly a feast for the eyes!
I think what blew me away the most is while I was reading through it, I discovered that I was mentioned! To be in a book highlighting such wonderful artists is an honor I could’ve only dreamed of. I was completely without words. She also mentions the Sticks, Hooks & Mobius at Lafayette College in 2012 and the annual challenge from the Free Form Guild.
In this book, Gwen highlights the art of 20 wonderful artists, but she also looks at the art crochet movement from 1915, to the Crochet Revolution of the 1960s, to today. Gwen is the founder of the Crochet Guild of America and a well-respected fiber artist in her own right.
Gwen refers to the works of these amazing artists as “awe-inspiring” and “cutting-edge” and I could not agree more. I have barely been able to put it down since I received it. It is a joy. I am not going to even attempt to pick a favorite. If you want artistic inspiration, this is definitely the book.
And as always, you can win this copy!
Again, the rules are simple:
1. Make sure you “like” my Facebook page.
2. Make sure you “like” the book review post on Facebook.
3. I pick a winner!
I’ll pick a winner on Friday, April 11th. Trust me when I tell you, you definitely want to be in this giveaway. Good luck!
The following is a press release from a wonderfully gifted fiber artist Bonnie Meltzer. The exhibit will be at the Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland and will run from January 13th until February 6th. A reception will be held Saturday, January 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 with a short gallery talk at 3:00. I hope you check it out!
Coal mined from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming would travel on barges and trains through our beloved Northwest (including the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area) and on to Asia by mega-ships. At the time of this writing, three out of the six coal terminals are still waiting for permits to be approved or denied. Three of the original six proposals have withdrawn but the three left would have a destructive daily impact. Dozens of trains will stop traffic and spew toxins. Meltzer not only makes art about the issue but testifies at hearings, organized an informational rally, and writes a Facebook page about coal.
Born in New Jersey, Meltzer came west to get her MFA in Design at the University of Washington — and she never left. She has exhibited throughout the Northwest and across the nation. Her work is in many private and public collections including the the National Science Foundation, the City of Portland, the Community Music Center and the University of Washington School of Business. The sculpture, “Global Warming”, which will be shown at this University of Portland exhibition, is on the cover of the new book The Fine Art of Crochet by Gwen Blakley Kinsler.
When Meltzer saw Thom Caccamo’s ceramic fish skeleton series and Kelly Neidig’s traffic and cloud paintings she invited them to exhibit with her. Their artworks fit right into the coal and environment theme.
So in the spirit of sites like Facebook and Pinterest, I thought I would start my own “best of” list for all things fiber art.
Lily Chin’s Latest Release is The Crocheter’s Toolbox. This is definitely on my “want” list. Lily Chin’s books are always great, so I certainly look forward to picking this up!
We all love Malabrigo yarn. Well, I came across this awesome looking scarf using their Merino Worsted yarn. I think it is just great! I keep looking at it to see if there is a way to make this into a crochet pattern.
You may not know this, but I love owls. I came across this little owl magnet on Etsy. The colors are just great and it just looks perfect to me!
The last link and photo I want to share for March’s “best of” is of a yarn bombing by the Ladies Fancywork Society. Now for those of you who are new to the concept, yarn bombing is an artsy form of graffiti using crocheted and knitted pieces as opposed to using paint. In recent years, yarn bombing has really taken off. This project -The Flower Garden Fence – is a fence in the Downtown Denver Union Station neighborhood. Just awesome!
I hope you liked this first list. Do you have a link you would like me to include? Email it to me at:
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Earlier this month, the show Sticks, Hooks & Mobius: Knit and Crochet Go Cerebral opened at Lafayette College. I was honored to have four pieces accepted for inclusion in the show. I went to the opening and was excited to not only meet other fiber artists, but to see the amazing creativity that was part of the exhibit!
When you first pull up tot he Lafayette College campus, you see the organized yarn bombing event. The exhibit kicks off with a “yarn bombing” at noon on Sunday, Jan. 8 led by guest curator Susan Huxley of Easton. Huxley has been collecting afghans from thrift shops for the past six months. Members of the Lafayette and Easton communities are invited to help attach the afghans to the handrail of the staircase that links North Third Street to Lafayette’s campus as a symbol of unity. The colorful afghans will also add beauty to a stark urban landscape, a primary goal of the worldwide “yarn bombing/knit graffiti” phenomenon.
The exhibit itself shows the amazing creativity of those who work with hooks and needles. I certainly enjoyed wandering the exhibit and looking at all the different works that were accepted into the show.
One of the most amazing pieces is a lap-blanket-size Albert Einstein. When you look it at straight, it looks just like a brown and off-white blanket. However, when you look at it on an angle, you see Mr. Einstein. I have no idea how that works, but it is amazing!
Of all the pieces I had accepted, I think my favorite is my motherboard. Someone once described me as a “digital personality with analog hobbies.” While I never liked the person who told me that, the description definitely fits. My motherboard allowed me to artistically combine my two sides.
I am in complete awe of the pieces that are a part of this show. Guest Curator Susan Huxley has done an amazing job pulling this show all together. All the photos I took at the show can be found at my Facebook page. The show is open until February 5th. I hope you consider going to see all the amazing creative pieces that are a part of the show.
On Sunday, January 8th, an interesting exhibit opens at the Williams Center Gallery on the campus of Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Sticks, Hooks, and the Mobius: Knit and Crochet Go Cerebral will begin with a “yarn bombing event” at noon and then the exhibit opens at 2:00 p.m. I am very excited about this exhibit, as this is my first juried exhibit! I have four pieces that will be on display.
My wonderful husband Glenn and I will be attending the exhibit opening on Sunday and I will be posting photos afterward. If you have time to check out the exhibition, I hope you do! The exhibition will be open until February 5th.
|The “Monster Dolls”
|| The “Ugly Dolls”
So I was watching the news and saw a segment on the Toy Fair taking place in New York City. I saw these things called “Ugly Dolls” and thought they looked kind of familiar. Now I don’t have children so I may be a little late noticing this, but I thought they looked a LOT like the “Monster Dolls” from Lionbrand! Does anyone else see the similarity? I am curious which came first!?
You be the judge!
Wow! What a busy weekend! Glenn and I were at the New Jersey State Fair all weekend in the Richard’s Building doing fly tying demonstrations. If you are going to attend the fair next weekend, be sure to stop by and see us next weekend when we do more fly tying demonstrations.
I will say as soon as I got to the fair I went to the Home Ec section to see how I did with my entries. I first found my needle felted doll, which received a blue ribbon! Next, I found my coral reef. I must say I was disappointed to see it received only an Honorable Mention. I am very curious to see the comment card when I pick it up at the end of the fair next weekend. Next I found my hand-spun alpaca yarn received a thrid place ribbon. Last, but not least, I found my wet felted purse, which received a blue ribbon.
Overall, I would say I am happy with my results, except for the coral reef. I am hoping that there are some comments on the cards that are given to artisans and crafters when you pick up your submissions.
One funny moment was when I was taking my photos last night. I was adjusting my doll to take photos and one of the home ec sitters came over and asked me to not touch the submissions. I explained it was my doll and that I was just trying to get a photo. She was so apologetic, it was kind of funny! I told her no apology needed; that I was happy someone was making sure the displays are kept nice and neat. She then told me she really loved the doll and asked me all about it. She was very nice.
If you attend the fair, I hope you go in to the Richard’s Building and see all the great creations!
I just got home a short while ago from the opening of The Great Goblet Gala 2008 at Peter’s Valley in Layton, NJ. I don’t mind admitting I was quite nervous about the whole event. When Glenn and I arrived I took a deep breath and ascended the stairs to the gallery above the shop. There it was right in the middle of the room! The best part of the evening was that as you looked around the room, you couldn’t really “tell” that this was my first gallery piece. I felt like it really belonged…if that makes any sense.
Glenn and I sort of stood back as people came to look, so I could observe their reaction. I saw lots of smiles and heard lots of positive comments. I can’t tell you how good it made me feel!
The show will be on until the end of September, so I highly recommend you go and check out all the great goblets. The room was filled with wonderfully creative pieces! For more information on the show, click here.
I wanted to share my major submission for the New Jersey State Fair for 2008. After all the talk of crocheted coral reefs and hyperbolic crochet, I decided to make one. I can’t tell you all how happy I am with the finished piece!
What is hyperbolic crochet you might ask? Mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina developed the crochet concept based on a certain number of increase stitches included in every row. For thousands of years, this mathematical idea couldn’t be proven in the living plane. Now Dr. Taimina has taken crochet to show this space.
Now I am FAR from a mathematician, but I love the concept! As you look at these hyperbolic masterpieces, it is obvious how well it lends itself to create coral reefs. The idea has caught on and people all over the world are stitching their own reefs.
So, here is mine. I created the “ocean bottom” by using a sandy-colored fabric. I then used the stitching concepts from Dr. Taimina to build my reef. Of course I had to add other pieces like fish and jellyfish! I am really pleased with it.
I will be dropping it off this weekend for judging at the NJ State Fair. I’ll be sure to tell you all how I do! For more information, you can check out Dr. Taimina’s siteas well as The Institute for Figuring.
I am excited to announce that my first crochet sculpture will be on display at The Great Goblet Gala 2008 in the Peter’s Valley Museum in Layton, NJ. The show opens on Saturday, July 26th. There will be an opening day reception that day from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Additionly, George’s wine and Spirits Gallery in Branchville, NJ will present wines during the Opening Reception celebration.
I can’t tell you how excited I am! I am going to hold off on posting images of my piece until the day of the show opening. I will be at the reception on the 26th (of course!), so if you stop by, please say hi!
For more information on the show, click here.