Soft sculptural crocheting 

Making festival jewellery, wool sculptures and wearable art

Overwintering in the south of the UK, crocheting a lot, rugging a little. Staying on an overgrown farm doing the usual business of building no-dig gardening beds during dry spells, but the weather gives me a lot of time to work on creative pursuits.

Crocheting functional amigurumi, such as my new paperweight and hair-pin-cushion;

realistic functional artwork crochet hair pincushion eyeball

Soft furnishing winter project: rag rug

I have also been making soft furnishings from the usual mix of found fabrics and hessian; is the picture in the rug clearly visible? It is definitely clearer from the back, I think in future I will have to plan blockier designs to suit the medium. This is a work in progress photo; I still need to cut the fabric to make the shag and cut the red dag-ends off.

handmade rag rug almost complete

The design is hopefully clear now: it is fish! Two fish swirling together in a phosphorescent night sea.

handmade fabric fish totem art

Working on some jewellery pieces at the moment, have some wearable art plans for future summer festivals. Here is a teaser;

watermelon crocheted beadmaking jewellery

The tiny life I live lends to a tiny studio space.

small studio space wearable crocheted art

Crocheted food, fungus and monsters on the horizon, basically.

crocheted googley-eyed open mouthed toothed monster

The view from my new studio is pretty sweet, squirrels and finches etc.

squirrel in a tree

My crocheting ideas this winter are a wild pendulum, swinging from the fantastical to the realistic.

crocheted embroidered anatomy fungi artwork


I’ve also made a functional crocheted ukulele cover, and I’ve crocheted more soft sculpture crochet food.

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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