Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Crochet clinic

Above, the Curiosity Shoppe's photo showing a crochet workshop I gave in the gallery space there a couple of weekends back - it was so much fun for me, and I hope to do more things like this in the future. We were officially making sand dollars, but it was awesome to see people going in new directions with their own designs - bracelets, rings, coin purses, squids...

I had a lot of help from some of the more advanced crocheters there in teaching beginners, who started out making chains and progressed to working in the round.

For the more complicated stuff, I filled this old curio cabinet with crocheted samples, varying certain parameters one at a time (working in both loops? double stitch? slip? increase?) to show how these basic elements can be combined to create virtually any three dimensional object.When I started crocheting, I spent a lot of time messing around (crocheting for 5 minutes, frogging, crocheting, frogging, etc) to get some frame of reference on how certain stitches would look. My aim in making these samples was pretty much to expedite those early stages of the prototyping process for others.

Figure Legend

I have a show of embroidery up at the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco! Here are some shots of the installation taken by the wonderful owners, Lauren and Derek.

Here I draw the name of the show directly on the wall (!!!):
Some cyanotypes before hanging:And the beautiful treatment Lauren and Derek showed some legend-less embroidered figures:
Finally finished:Also there, and embroidered: 1970's pillowcase safari animals labeled with their scientific names, a portrait of Darwin, other fake ecosystems. Some crochet specimens are there too.

Figure Legend is up until the 4th of March.