Nicole Gastonguay’s Cute Characters That Resemble Mundane Objects

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Wouldn’t you just love it if all your everyday interactions with household items were as fun as looking at these cute crochet creations? Nicole Gas­tonguay, a graphic designer and fiber artist, replicates mundane objects- food, toast, pickles, and even boom boxes- by using yarn. She puts a smile (or a frown- depending on what the object is) and a pair of big googly eyes in all her creation. (via Brown Paper Bag)

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A Crocheted Coral Reef

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Institute for Figuring project2Like its real-life counterpart, this coral reef is alive in a way.  Organized by the LA based  non-profit organization, Institute for Figuring, the reef was lovingly constructed by many hands.  According to the Institute for Figuring, the institute is “an organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and engineering”, and certainly does this with its Crochet Coral Reef.

The public is invited to participate by crocheting different organisms that are added to the larger crochet habitat.  The reef has grown to become one of the largest participatory science and art projects in the world.  It does much more than organize a community to engage with visual art and craft.  It brings attention to the biology of coral reefs, emphasizes their importance, and reminds us of the danger they’re currently in.

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Olek’s Massive Crocodile Wrapped in Crocheted Stitching for the SESC

 

Brazilian cultural organization SESC opens their massive  arts show today. As part of the event, Polish “crochet-bombing” artist Olek has added her characteristic textile treatment to a giant crocodile installation in Sao Paulo, where the event is based. The huge, attention-demanding piece was produced in close cooperation with local Brazilian artists. Olek has gained attention for her idiosyncratic hot pink camo-patterned designs, and her ruthless street and gallery installations involving miscellaneous objects wrapped completely in crocheted stitching. The artist has applied her technique to cars, people, Wall Street’s Charging Bull, and more. See images of the recent Sao Paulo piece and examples of various past projects after the jump. (via) Read More >

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Video Watch: Jo Hamilton’s Animated Crochet Portraits


 

You may remember our popular post last year about the gorgeous crochet portraits of Jo Hamilton. Well the artist decided to document the process of creation via stop motion animation. Watch as an abstract tangle of yarn gets transformed into a portrait through the power of 300 photographs and a lot of patience!

“This is a stop motion video I made to document my process of crocheting one of my larger than life portraits in yarn from start to finish. In my work I use a traditional basic crochet technique taught to me at an early age by my Gran. I work one knot at a time, from the inside out, row by row. In making the crochet portraits I always begin in the middle with the eyes and work out from there until the piece is completed. I work directly from photographs, using no sketches, graphs or computer imaging. Each piece is handmade, labor-intensive, instinctively composed. Nothing is planned ahead; I make it up as I go along. I spend a lot of time simply looking, unraveling, and reworking until I get it right. To make this video I photographed the work after each new yarn color or two was added, and edited the photos into a sequence. This 30 second sequence contains over 300 photos of the work in progress. The portrait is of my dear friend Arthur Cheesman, who is sadly no longer with us.”

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Best of 2011: Jo Hamilton’s Crochet Heads

It’s not everyday that we post an artist who works with yarn but Jo Hamilton’s crochet portraits are really interesting. I’m really happy that Jo decided to not over finish these and left them without a background and with the yarn hanging down. Sort of looks like paint drips and adds another dimension to the work that you don’t see often in crochet.

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Jo Hamilton’s Crochet Heads

It’s not everyday that we post an artist who works with yarn but Jo Hamilton’s crochet portraits are really interesting. I’m really happy that Jo decided to not over finish these and left them without a background and with the yarn hanging down. Sort of looks like paint drips and adds another dimension to the work that you don’t see often in crochet.

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Olek Covers The World… In Crochet

You wouldn’t think that crocheting could be made exciting but Olek has managed to push it to the extreme, crocheting anything that comes in her path.

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