More Crochet Art: Allyson Mitchell's Granny Square Wreck Room

comments (6) January 2nd, 2009     

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Check out more pics from this installation right here.

Check out more pics from this installation right here.

Photo: Allyson Mitchell

Check out the colorful Granny Square Wreck Room by artist Allyson Mitchell. The entire space is covered with crocheted handiwork, providing us crocheters with an influx of eye candy (and maybe a bit of visual overload, not that I mind!). This piece was exhibited in 2006 at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto(which has no official website). I wasn't able to find much information on the piece, but the artist describes her work as "melding feminism and pop culture to play with contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft." Check out more photos of her work, all of which involves reclaimed craft, at her website.

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Comments (6)

Craig27Jannie writes: People deserve very good life and mortgage loans or commercial loan can make it better. Just because people's freedom is based on money state.
Posted: 3:30 am on August 7th
snoflake writes: Just because we can do something, does it mean we should?
Posted: 9:59 am on February 16th
Morethanskinsdeep writes: that's really neat!
Posted: 1:08 pm on January 25th
LindaPermann writes: Jen- I think granny squares would hold up, at least for a while, in upholstery usage (it depends how many kids/dogs/ prying figers you have!). If you use a washable yarn you could even add a zipper if you're thinking of a pillow cover, or something like that. The way I see it, by the time it wears out, you'll probably be ready for a new look anyway.
Posted: 12:34 pm on January 5th
Jen1964 writes: This exhibit is inspiring, even if I can't look at it long! Do you think Granny squares would hold up in upholstery uses? I've seen people use them on walls, but more in a mounted effect, not such a patchwork. I've seen quilts used as tablecloths, for decorative effect. Afghans have wound up in cars, and everywhere from the dog's basket to the kid's room... and been treated accordingly. The prettiest I think I have ever seen was done by my sister-in-law's grandma. It was a tight cottony, shimmery yarn, worked in a tiny crochet hook... in squares, on the angle, ending in with all zigzag edges all over the afghan. She used a mauvy rose, and put crocheted buttery yellow flowers in the direct centers of certain squares. Little touches of green leaves accented them.
For my crafting, I have to have calm, and a feeling of space around me. I'd love a cozy room for a library or den though.
Posted: 9:49 am on January 5th
KelleyHart writes: That is an awesome room. I love the courage of the artist to go for it. Such self expression does not come easy for most of us. Very inspiring.
Posted: 8:39 pm on January 3rd
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