The Fine Art of Crochet

Innovative Works from Twenty Contemporary Artists

by Gwen Blakley Kinsler



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/17/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781481731867
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781481731874

About the Book

Fiber artists around the world have embraced crochet as an inventive medium like never before. Expanding on the creative possibilities and using sculpture, immense site-specific installations, performance, and mixed-media objects, they have used crochet techniques to explore feminine craft and heritage, dissect gender codes, and show the primal creative expression represented by crochet. In The Fine Art of Crochet, author Gwen Blakley Kinsler looks at the art-crochet movement from 1915 onward to the crochet revolution of the 1960s, profiling twenty of the most innovative practitioners working today. Offering insight to those who may not have otherwise thought to go beyond the purely practical aspect of crochet, she features internationally known artists such as Arline Fisch, Leslie Pontz, Carol Hummel, Tracy Krumm, Bonnie Meltzer, and Soonran Youn. Gwen Blakley Kinsler—the founder of the Crochet Guild of America and a fiber-art practitioner in her own right—examines the concepts and diverse works of these artists, in whose hands the magic of crochet creates cutting-edge art for the twenty-first century. Each artist approaches the medium with wonder and the desire to explore its full potential. This study and collection of images presents an exploration of the diverse styles, unusual shapes, and exquisite textures that characterize crocheted art today.

About the Author

Gwen Blakley Kinsler, a.k.a. “Crochetqueen,” is a writer, designer, and teacher, as well as the founder of the Crochet Guild of America. She has coauthored two technical crochet books and has written extensively about crochet as art and the artists who make it since 1994. She currently lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois.