With so much left-over yarn we decided to make the stripe pillows shown on top.  They are the creation of Ingrid van Willenswaard, a knitter, crocheter, artist and blogger.  Over the years she has made many things from wool to paper.  She has also included many patterns and descriptions of her homemade projects on her blog. The author of three craft books also contributes to Dutch and English magazines in the form of DIY projects and/or illustrations.  This Dutch maker is so successful that she has foregone a full-time job and concentrates solely on her creativity.  In an article on Cosy Project she says this about her craft:  

“I knit and crochet because it gives me a feeling of peace; it’s a kind of meditation, the counting of the stitches and the focus on your hands leaving little room for worries. I don’t have a special goal doing it – it’s just the fun of it.”

“Because I can’t choose what I like most, I make a lot of different things,” says Ingrid. “I like to crochet, to knit, embroider, draw, make cards and fold paper. I am not a specialist – I like to keep things simple and easy.”

You can follow the maker on her blog and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ingthings.

Jamie Pitarch

Born in Barcelona Jamie Pitarch attended the Chelsea College of Art for painting and received his MFA in painting from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. He creates sculptures, drawings, videos and installations often using humble everyday objects such as a guitar, chair, or household and consumer products.  The Barcelona-based artist explores our relationship to household objects by making subtle and not-so-subtle alterations rendering them completely useless.  He describes his work as mainly having “… to do with the human being’s inability to identify with the structures he himself has created.”

He is represented in New York by Spencer Brownstone Gallery.

Images:  Courtesy of Jamie Pitarch.

Quentin Monge

French artist Quentin Monge grew up on a beach in the south of France. After traveling and working in Australia, UK and Paris he decided to go back to Saint Tropez. His childhood under the sun of the french riviera in the inspiration for most of his work. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelance illustrator for major companies.  On an interview with Turnbull and Asser he says this about his work:

“My work is minimalist. I pay a lot of attention on shapes and compositions—I love to work on patterns.”

“It seems that blue and pink are coming back quite often, but when it comes to colour choices I couldn’t really explain it, it just feels right or not depending on the subject/composition. It’s very subjective.”

More of his work can be found on his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Quentin Monge.

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