What I have been doing, January 2014

What have I been doing?

As an artist, nothing of great interest. No big news on the frontier of soft sculptural textiles for me. I recently made a rug out of the tshirt material I cut up, but it ended up being a circle shape, so, nothing that was noteworthy in its difficulty.  I had a little left over too, so I made a small bowl shape, which I now store my bobby pins in.

It was supposed to be a heart shape, but at some point, it lost its way and got weird, so I pulled it apart and started again.

You can chart the course it took pretty easily:

tshirt heart crochet rug

Starting out strong…

tshirt crocheted rug handmade kelly-marie

Still going ok…

handmade crocheted heart rug

Starting to meander…

crocheted tshirt material rug mistakes

Well, fuck.

improved pattern crochet tshirt rug

Sometimes it is better to stick with what you know.

And that has been what is up with me of late, at least as an artist. As a person? So many other things, but that is a story for another day…

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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5 Responses to What I have been doing, January 2014

  1. Nice! I just made a rug out of old tshirts as well..however mine was a lot different. I like how you crochet yours 🙂

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