Crochet

Posted on April 19th, 2012

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In January 2010 I started crocheting all the chairs and tables of our classroom. This resulted into a explosion of colored yarns taking over this installation of furniture. Taking the installation apart it left me with several chairs all crocheted in a different way. They became pieces of their own, giving me the inspiration of working with chairs and crochet in a new way.

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These chairs as I used in the installation became like blank canvasses to me. As a painter would use his paint and brush, I used my yarn and needle to crochet chairs making them gain and lose new shapes and sizes. With this thick woolen yarn I started taking over the form of these chairs. During the process of crocheting I found new ways and solutions of connecting the legs and the seat of the chair together. Acknowledging that I could now change any shape of the chair as I wanted.
By using this thick material I could finally show the beauty of the crochet stitch and look for ways to create this streamlined pattern within the design.

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After the assignment to make four copies of one of my chairs for 10 FEET( a fashion design label who used the chairs to support their new summer line at the Modefabriek in 2011) I decided it was time to take a bit of distance from chairs. I wanted to work with the material in an autonomous way and started studying still life paintings. Instead of using a brush and paint I used my yarn and needle to turn these still life paintings into a textile sculpture. When crocheting the whole still life into one object you could see the transition between the objects on the table disappear.

 

 

 

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During a visit to India were it felt like I was released of ordinary furniture I became aware of Indian woman and the way they carry their child. It was an eye-opening experience to see that they didn’t need any baby chairs or car seats to protect their child from any harm. Reflecting back onto Western norms I decided to react on this phenomenon in a new chair.

 

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In this last series of chairs I worked with crocheting in a different material. Up till now I had tried to crochet a suit for a chair that fitted the form in its best way. All of a sudden it seemed unnecessary to do so, as we “people” in daily life do not always wear tight fitted clothes either. So why should a chair? What if a chair would fancy a different garment, perhaps one of another chair.

 

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In assignment I crochet chairs custom made, some of them with a twist..

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