Aquatic shag coat

New day, new creation

I wanted to make something a little bit oceanic, a little bit beached mermaid, something a little bit seaweedy…calming colours for a cosy jacket to wear in the psyforest this summer season!

So I rummaged through my stash for all the blues and greens! Teal, cyan, mint, sky blue, navy, emerald, Kelly green, aquamarine, and cerulean blue….

I used a bit of each of the planned colours to create the checks so I would have a template to follow while I was adding the shag. Shagging the jackets gets very repetitive, and I can develop a kind of highway hypnosis, but for crochet. This sometimes means that when I wake up out of it, I have done a fair bit of work in the wrong direction.

I need to keep an eye on the time spent making. As much as I love it, I do have other demands on my time, like a partner who can be left feeling ignored after the fourth straight day of head-down-hands-busy-no-time-spare-to-feed-myself. They are very patient but they do have a point. Being with an artist is sometimes…not a lot of fun.

The checkerboard pattern that I’ve worked into the base has helped a lot with managing my time.

I sometimes think I should get one of those old-timey punch-in-punch-out machines like factories sometimes have so I can clock how long it actually takes to make things. I don’t know where to get one or replacement cards! That is very low on my to-do list, so if anyone reading this can point me in the right direction I would be grateful.

Anyway, the thing is now made, it took a few days, but I don’t know how long I actually spent on it. Here it is before I finished weaving in the ends and trimming all the strays and extra long bits.

The coat in action:

And now for some gloriously produced professional photos!

Photographer: d.i.n.o_p.h.o.t.o

Model: lxzza.pearson

As of the time of this writing, this coat is available on Depop. I used a lot of discontinued and hard-to-find wools to create this one. This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art, I will not be making another one of these in exactly the same colours. My practice makes it difficult, if not impossible, to create repeats so rest assured that you are getting rare and exclusive pieces. (As well as supporting ethically-made sustainable art from an independent creator.)


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About kellymarietheartist

Visual artist originally from Australia, travelling the world creating crocheted wearable art and functional textile pieces. Sustainable art and slow fashion made from recycled fabrics, wools and metal. Colourful. Psychedelic. Unique.
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