This adds to the discussion and debate on crafters as artists, and their projects seen as works of art.
I have always thought that crafters are artists. Whether I liked their craft or not, I can appreciate the creative process and the hard work that goes into making that object. For example, on the subject of tattoos … I can appreciate and like and wonder at the art work and the process that goes into the design of the tattoo … but I don’t like the “canvas”.
These crochet portraits remind me of a feature on another artist who used thumb tacks, or push pins, to create larger than life portraits. Labour-intensive, to be sure. I cannot imagine working on such a grand scale. Well, I haven’t really tried, unless giving the house walls a new coat of paint counts. Sometimes I tease my husband that maybe I should paint a mural on our walls. That only earns me a severe look from him. Oh, I digress now.
Jo Hamilton’s website can be found here. And be sure to watch the video as well – it’s fascinating.
(Images courtesy of JoHamiltonArt.com)
In any case, as the article says, crochet isn’t just for grandmothers any more (as I have also been called by hubby – which earns him a severe look from me). Perhaps some day I’ll start on something a little non-traditional or bigger than an afghan … something else to add to the never-ending to-try list!
What would you make?