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.”
Images: Courtesy of Katika.
We love the simplified forms and flatten planes of color in these paintings by Michael Muir. The artist was born in Scotland and spent his childhood in South East Asia before settling in Sydney. He received a diploma both in graphic design and fine arts. He has won the Mosman art prize in 2014 and has been a finalist in several awards over the past decade. Even though he paints landscape most of his work is done in the studio and not “in open air”. On an interview with Design Files he describes his work as follows:
“The emphasis of my work I suppose is autobiographical, yet it’s more than just me, it encompasses my family in the present. I feel like I oscillate between my childhood and the childhood my boys are currently living. I’m trying to see my surroundings in a simpler form. It’s a picture plane that has been flattened, colour dominates the canvas in unusual harmonies. I feel that the narrative element is important in my work, there is a story unfolding that I hope the viewer can incorporate into their own story.”
Images: Courtesy of Michael Muir.