An overt sign that the growing crochet trend has been taken to new heights, literally, is artist Carol Hummel's Tree Cozy. As part of a two-year exhibition of eight works by sculptors in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Hummel crocheted a cozy with brightly colored nylon and synthetic material for a tree in front of Cleveland Heights City Hall, which wouldn't impede "the growth of the tree or [harm] wildlife." In her artist statement, Hummel refers to the tree cozy as "an emphatically handmade blanket representing femininity and comfort" which covers "a natural object representing masculinity and strength," a piece that personifies the tree "keeping it cozy and colorful throughout the year, enhancing the beauty of nature," and evokes "memories of bygone times and places when life was good," as well as "softens the strong tree form while also emphasizing it." She says, "The cozy covering the tree fluctuates between comforting blanket and suffocating cover-up; it conceals as much as it protects; it hides as much as it reveals." Tree Cozy was on display from 2005 through 2008, and landed Hummel an award as the winner of the Heights Public Art Competition. There's more to learn and see about this project, so read more
Even though crafting has become cooler, the art of crochet is still seen by many people as belonging to little old ladies with big bags and crochet hooks. Even knitting is now vastly cooler than crocheting. Leave it to an innovative lady to turn that idea on its head. With her crocheted sculpture work, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has added a touch of the avant-garde to cotton crocheting. I love how crocheting around these complicated animal shapes livens up the household doily.
From Modern Dose, these crocheted pendant lamps ($225) represent an intersection of modern design and homespun craft. Painstakingly crocheted by hand, the basket forms are dipped in a starch solution to preserve their shapes. Each lamp emits a warm and romantic glow, and are available in either tepee, cone, or dome shapes.
Nothing says margarita wishes and sunset dreams like Summer crochet. Raise your hand if you have at least one piece of crochet clothing in your closet? A bit bohemian, a bit rustic, this delicate yet durable pattern seems to always rear its pretty head once the days get longer and warmer. I always welcome it with open arms with hopes of letting the sunshine in.
Crochet-inspired clothes look and feel as warm and cozy as your grandmother's blanket. This Fall, crafty knit designs are showing up in everything from accessories to apparel. Though some of these fashions could also work in the warmer months, they are definitely must-haves for colder weather. Here are some of my favorite crochet-inspired looks.
Elizabeth Gillett Yasmine Crochet Necklace, $101, available here.
Nordstrom Crochet Frame Bag, $188, available here.
Echo Design Lillehammer Satchel, $198, available here.
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