Crochet is so much more wondrous than home goods and sweaters (although I love those things too)! When I first started learning crochet I had no idea of its limitless potential. Here is a taste of some crochet artwork that I find simply inspirational.
Scottish-born artist Jo Hamilton paints with yarn. This large work above of the city of Portland astounds me! She creates her work without patterns or graphs. Just freeform. Say what!? She also does incredible portraits like this piece:
To learn more about Jo and her work, you can visit her website here.
Can you believe this wire heart? It is anatomically correct and took thousands of hours to create! No tutorials on how to make this haha, but imagine–making something like this is in the realm of actual possibilities if you learn to crochet! Read more about this project here.
Check out this fantastical installation by artist Mandy Greer
So cute!!!! I adore amigurumi–the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting stuffed toys. Keep an eye out for more blog posts on ami and making ami in the near future.
Art in nature always tugs at my heartstrings and energizes me at the same time.
This Tree Cozy was on display from 2005-2008 in front of the Cleveland Heights City Hall in Ohio. Carol creates a lot of pieces outdoors–awesome! For more on Carol Hummel, visit her site here.
There have been similar types of street artworks all over the world that are not done with permission and are called “yarn bombing” or guerilla knitting. Check out this crocheted car in Alicante, Spain.
And if all that weren’t enough to get your heart going, here’s another feast for the eyes:
I want to play on it sooooo bad, you guys!!!!! Seriously so jealous of these kids. This picture of the Wonderspace II playground was designed by artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay at Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. Read more about these dreamlike playground art pieces and the artist’s process in this article.
Does any of this inspire you to crochet something? What inspires you to crochet? What projects do you dream of making?