Crochet art | Phil Ferguson

 

Extravagant, wild, colourful – artist Phil Ferguson gets us laughing with his playful crochet creations. Every piece and every of his poses is fun looking at, don`t you agree?

Phil started his first crochet hat in 2014 to make friends in his new home town Melbourne. Since than he got widely known in the social channels. Since 2016 he designs matching outfits to the hats – a great enhancement of his work. We are keen to see what comes next.

 

Links to see more of Phil Ferguson’s art:

Instagram

Website

 

Photo credit: Phil Ferguson

 

Knitted industrial material | Kwangho Lee

 

Korean designer and artist Kwangho Lee creates unique handcrafted furniture, lighting, and jewelry by transforming traditional techniques and using uncommon materials. Among others, he has developed a new way of knitting industrial materials to develop lamps from tangles of extension cords and couches made from woven garden hoses.
The 35-year-old artist grew up on his grandparents’ farm where he got inspired by his grandmother’s knitting projects and the homewares his grandfather handcrafted, created them from leftover and everyday materials found on the farm. He graduated 2007 from the Hongik University in Metal Art & Design and now lives in Seoul.
Kwangho Lee`s work is part of the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been shown in a diverse solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

See more of his work here.

Photo credit: via Kwangho Lee

Knitted Props | Jessica Dance

 

Textile Artist, Model Maker & Prop Stylist Jessica Dance creates knitted or felt models that are used in advertising, editorials, film animations or office decorations. The 28-year-old, living in Hampshire/UK, has made everything from knitted taxidermy trophies, handbags or a series fo sushi characters. After studying fashion at Bournemouth Art Institute Jessica started working for clients like Vogue, Google, Mulberry and Vanity Vair.

Her commissions regularly take weeks of sculpting, knitting and stitching. Starting with hand sketching the piece then cutting a rough mock-up out of calico, clay or styrofoam, she then machine knits the models using an original Eighties domestic knitting machine.

View more of Jessica`s work on her website or stay updated via Instagram.

Photo credit: David Sykes, Dylan Collard

Knit art sofa | Olivia Lee

 

A collection of three chairs and one stole has been covered with an array yarn and knitting to create this reinterpretation of the classic sofa. ‘stream of light’ was created by Olivia Lee and her colleague Alienor de Chambrier for the D&AD Student Awards competition 2008 in response to a brief set by Vitra.

Singaporean, nowadays industrial designer Olivia explains: „“Our approach started with a re-examination of the sofa and it’s being defined as a piece of upholstered furniture. We took the idea of upholstery and started to play with other kinds of traditional craft techniques such as crochet and knit – exploring ways of making comfort a part of the structure as well.“

View more here.

Photo credits: via Olivia Lee

Chrochet lace art | NeSpoon

 

Polish street artist NeSpoon is breathing life into crochet work. She translates traditional laces into a wide range of media, from pottery to sculptures, graffiti, paintings, jewelry and installations. NeSpoon uses handmade lace art from others or reinterprets lace patterns. To act out her freedom she often works in public space, turning uncomely places into delightful attractions or giving urban walls a softly touch. Thereby she tries to respect the local context and uses patterns that are local in the country she works in. Nowadays you can find her art also on street art festivals and in galleries in her hometown Warsaw.

Why laces? „Because in laces there is an aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, some kind of order and harmony, isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?“

Check out for more information:

Picures at Behance
Updates on Facebook
Videos on Youtube

Photo credit: via NeSpoon, Rafał Chojnacki

Ironic chrochet art | Patricia Waller

 

Patricia Waller transforms colorful yarn using crochet into bizarre art sculptures. Her speciality is drama, she creates tortured figures that are partly derived from the world of toys and commercial pop culture: teddy bears overrun by a rocking horse or impaled by a unicorn, spiderman clashing into a wall or rabbits murdered by carrots. She so creates a world that ironically contrasts colorful lightheartedness with catastrophes and disasters and questions in an aesthetic way the routine way that violence is nowadays cultivated and consumed.
Patricia creates her models without drawing or sketching, enjoying the freedom of working wherever she likes to, as a ball of yarn and a crochet hook fits every pocket. The yarn combines color and material all rolled into one, so the form emerges from colored material in a process which shows in every detail as nothing is hidden.

The 54 year old artist was born in Santiago/Chile, moving to Germany in 1968. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe (Germany) and now lives in Berlin. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions in Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, USA as well as in group exhibitions in USA, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Island, Slovenia, Austria, France.

View more art on Patricia`s website.

Photo credits: Patricia Waller

Knitted perishable goods | Madame Tricot

 

Dominique Kähler Schweizer, alias Madame Tricot, grew up in Paris in a family of designers, where she started to knit at the age of 6. Interested in art and science she studied medicine as well as art history. Working as a doctor for over 40 years she mainted her art passion by being creative in her leisure time, mainly developing her autodidactical knitting skills into an art form. She spezialized in 3D objects since 2012, which she creates with free knitting without using any instructions – everthing is an original piece.

Madame Tricot loves humor and kitsch, the macabre, and the interestingly ambiguous. She particularly creates perishable goods as meat and fish which hangs persistently on the edge of life and decay – a theme that has always fascinated her as a medical doctor.

Madame Tricots view on knitting versus crocheting:

„Only knitting allows the creation of a smooth skin-like surface. Crocheting is commonly used for sculptures, because it allows the creation of every detail precisely and easily, but it has the disadvantage of producing always the same rough pattern. On the other hand, with knitting there is the possibility to change the pattern and to adapt it to the desired effect. The combination of crocheting with knitting gives you unbounded possibilities to realise very realistic works. Additionally, a carefully chosen yarn improves the realistic representation of the objects. Every object is free-style knitted (without a pattern and without counting the stitches) and also seamless.Every Item is unique.“

Next exhibition:

„Kultur kocht“, 3.-4. September 2016 / Museum der Kulturen Basel
Exhibition around food and drink in the tension between conscious nutrition and appetite , between carnality and veganism , between mass nutrition and Fine Food.
Madame Tricot will show different delicacies (kitchen installation) and give a number (knitting) pralines workshops.
More information here.

Links:

Website
Facebook

 

Photo credit: Daniel Ammann, John Wilhelm, Martin Graf, Andreas Müller Pathle/Heiden, Roth und Schmidt/Zürich

Chrochet Masks | Aldo Lanzini

They are uniqze, handmade and a lot of fun. Contemporary artist Aldo Lanzini creates colorful art pieces of skilfully made chrochet masks and dresses that are fanciful and provocitive. The masks playfully adress themes like identity, sense of self and belonging. The artist prefers not show himself publicly to emphasize the fact of himself changing constantly.

The 47 year old Italian, who studied Art in Brera and Amsterdam, has lived in numerous places worldwide: London, Madrid, New York, Paris and Milan.

He has been a costume designer for numerous protagonists of the New York underground scene, a guest of the Missoni Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show, where a group of with his masked covered people blocked out the guests at the entrance and his work has been exhibited and shown wordwide (e.g. Le Case D’Arte/Milan, Triennale Bovisa/Milan, Animamix Biennial/Beijing, also beeing part of private and public collections (e.g. Pompidou Paris, MoMa NY).

 

Videos worth a watch:

Aldo Lanzini Aviance, Le Case D’Arte Milano

Artist Aldo Lanzini – The Man Behind The Mask

Mission SS2011/ Milan Fashion week 2010

Benny and Javier Ninja performing in Aldo Lanzini dresses

 

Aldo Lanzini: official website

 

 

Photo credit: Aldo Lanzini

 

Colorful knit & chrochet installations | Sarah Applebaum

Sarah Moli Newton Applebaum’s work gives you a color kick! She amazingly turns yarn into 3-dimentional installations with a psychodelic touch. The versatile artist is a chrochet master, knitter, painter, sculptor, installation creator, maker and even a professional personal chef. Her wide portfolio ranges from oversized knit chains, afghan blanket landscapes, cubist quilts to painted wood scuptures and collages, beeing insprired by color and color combinations.

Self-taught as an artist, her work has been presented in various galleries and shows from San Francisco, Reykjyavik, Berlin to Milan and published in numerous books internationally.

Sarah lives and works in Oakland, California.

 

It’s worth exploring her full range of work, check out her website.

 

 

Photo credit: Sara Applebaum

Unraveling Scarf Calendar | Patrick Frey

We are not sure if its fun or if it would leave us with guilt, as this calendar features something you usually try to avoid. But it’s definitely an amazing concept and a stylish interior piece. The 2014 invented Gregor calendar is a knit scarf with printed dates, that disappears until the end of the year, as it gets unraveled day by day, stitch by stitch. It obviously shows, how time passes by, leaving off a pile of yarn.

German Patrick Frey has his own studio for industrial design and teaches currently at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover.

Watch this video to see the process in action.

And then head to ‘The knitting clock 365’, we featured before, with kind of the opposite idea.