I’m learning to crochet. My requisite first project, a scarf, is almost finished, and already I am dreaming of what I could do with this newfound talent. As is typical for me, I want to skip the whole part where I make afghans, beanies, toilet paper cozies and socks for everyone unfortunate enough to be on my gift list, and jump forward to the level of Dana Barnes, fiber artist extraordinaire. I am in awe of this amazingly talented woman and how she has turned the old fashioned gramma-style crafts of crocheting and braiding upside down, moving them to a fun new contemporary level. She and her staff create rugs, pillows, curtains, sculptures, chairs, even room dividers with crocheted, braided, knotted and fused wool. Put on your glasses and take a look!
These pieces, shown in her NYC loft, double as floor cushions and rugs. As you can see, Dana is not a huge fan of traditional furniture:
Below, photos from designmilk show her versatility:
One of a kind knotted “floor cozy:” (also known as a rug… I just want to run my toes through this!)
Fiber Wall… perfect room divider for a loft-like space:
Bedroom rugs. The rug on the left is crocheted, the rug running towards the tub is made with embossed felted wool that has been molded with interestingly shaped objects like bowls, large letters and sticks:
Now if only I could spend my days doing something as magical and wonderful as this… Someday!
Are you an artist? I’d LOVE to see your creations!