Amazing Sculptural Crochet by Emily Barlettacomments (0) June 30th, 2008
I keep stumbling on more amazing crochet work the more I dig around for it, and this week I'd like to introduce you to the work of Emily Barletta—another creative fiber artist. In addition to crocheting, she also works with embroidery, hand sewing, and felting. The layers and complexity in her pieces are breathtaking.
Barletta makes art "to express [her] physical existence, memory, and emotions through invented forms that relate to the parts of [her body]." She has a spinal disease that is a permanent part of her life, which means she is constantly thinking about organs, veins, muscles, and more. She finds working with soft materials to be meditative and relaxing. As she says in her artist's statement, "[Making art] has become the part of the day I look forward to when I am able to let go of my body and put myself into a small piece of soft comfort."
Barletta started crocheting again about three years ago when she was searching for a way to construct a surface instead of embellishing it. She draws on the crafty skills she learned as a child—when she enrolled in a Fiber Arts class at Maryland Institute College of Art she realized she already knew most of the techniques, and could use them to make art.
Each piece varies in the length of time it takes to create—she spends anywhere from 3 months to a year on a piece, and doesn't usually start with any specific plans.