Katika

Hungarian born artist Katika is based in Moscow and is self-taught in the art of free form crochet.  In 2014 she combined her true passion for art with her love for crochet. She spent the next five years of painting with hooks and yarn creating an artistic language of her own.  In Textile Curator she describes how she works: “

“Usually, I work at my home studio, but sometimes I take my work with me and crochet everywhere. Firstly, I come up with a visual concept, which is relatively easy when I create commissioned portraits but can be challenging for more personal pieces, like it was with my pieces about mental struggles, e.g. ‘Depression’ and ‘Self-harm’. Secondly I sketch a lot to find the composition I like best and try out colour schemes. Thirdly, I prepare the materials and finally, I start crocheting. How exactly I crochet a piece depends on the composition and the image itself. Sometimes, I have one center and crochet around it but sometimes the whole image looks better when it consists of several individually created parts.”

You can view more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Katika.

Elizabeth Price

British ceramic sculptor Elizabeth Price was trained as an art teacher but it wasn’t until her forties that she finally took formal artistic training.  She attended art school and eventually set up a home studio.  She has exhibited solo and in group shows, undertaken installations and many individual commissions.  In her bio she describes her work as follows: 

“I mainly create figures. I love the shapes that human bodies make and the stories they tell. Using a visual language of gesture and stance – for example, the tilt of a neck or the set of the shoulders – I try to express a state of mind or a moment in a narrative. The results can be serious, light-hearted, ambiguous, enigmatic. Ideas either come in a flash or develop over time, prompted by people-watching, conversations, perhaps a mere phrase.”

The artist can be followed here on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Elizabeth Price.

Jane Ormes

Applauding the art and product designs of printmaker Jane Ormes.  The Bristol-based artist studied Surface Pattern Design at Leicester Polytechnic,  has been a freelance designer since then and in 2004 has focused primarily on screen printing.  She has exhibited in many galleries and her clients include Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Ikea.  On an interview with Love Print Studio she says this about her creative process:

“I work primarily in collage. I make marks, textures and patterns and then cut and arrange them until I am happy with a composition. Quite often I’m inspired first by a phrase or sentence and the image comes second. Once I’m happy with my image I then create stencils for the screen printing stage. Each colour must be separated out. It’s sometimes the most laborious element of the process. Those stencils are then exposed onto a screen and the printing begins!”  

The artist can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram.  Some of her products can be purchased here in her Etsy shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Jane Ormes.