Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What is inspiring me today?

I have been reading a great book called 100 Flowers to Crochet and Knit by Lesley Stanfield. I borrowed it from a friend six months ago (yes, Jen I have remembered it's yours!) and will have to invest in my own copy soon I think.

None of my flowers look at all like these I must admit as I have substituted wool types, needles and crochet hooks; I have taken parts from one flower and combined with another. The flowers in the book are more "anatomically correct" but just as I am not inclined to political correctness, I've forgone botanical anatomy for art's sake. Here are a few to look at - these have been made into brooches and the sizes range from 7-10 cm across.

A wider selection can be viewed here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What I've been reading....

I recently read a great book by NZ author Deborah Burnside, called Yes!
Here is my review on the blog.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Recent exhibition - Knitcetera

Kintcetera was the brainchild of Jennifer Kipfer ( Jennifer gathered together a group of unknown ladies and through evenings and days of laughter, we slowly accumulated an eclectic bunch of offerings. I was inspired by the session we did knitting with strips of plastic bags, and has an idea for a oversized plastic handbag. I ended up using 12 or so large plastic rubbish bags to create the body, which was crocheted in double crochet (10-15 cm side strips of plastic) and used a 12 mm hook. I have to say I will NEVER crochet plastic again. It is so non-malleable. The flowers and leaves were made of plastic raffia.

Crocheted bag, made of plastic, 1.2 m across. Available for purchase.

My other large piece was an underwater garden picture. The background is felted pure New Zealand wool. The rocks, sand, kelp, anemones, starfish, jellyfish, and fish are either pure wool or acrylic and are crocheted and knitted. This was such a fun piece to create. It was inspired by the kelp gardens of New Zealand.
Underwater garden, 1.5m by 0.7m, available for purchase

Close up detail of starfish and kelp

Close up detail of jellyfish and fish