A special poncho for HOOK CROCHET

Here’s a sneak peak at a prototype poncho in corded grey mercerised cotton. It hangs beautifully because there’s a satisying weight to it. It will be a very special garment, for day or evening. A little bit of edging and it will be complete.

What is true luxury? I think it’s something made with great care and love, by hand.img_7222

HOOK CROCHET is Jenny Caron Hall’s new company, for crochet bedspreads, baby blankets, wall hangings and elegant contemporary garments. They’re made entirely by hand using traditional crochet stitches to contemporary design.

Crochet is one of the oldest art forms, and can be traced back to ‘Nålbinding’.  The oldest known textile fragment of Nålbinding dating from c. 6500 BCE was found in Nehal Hemar cave, Israel. Another from the Ertebølle period c. 4200 BCE was found in ‘Tybrind Vig’, a Mesolithic fishing village in Denmark.

Crochet

I have been away some time! Exploring something new: the art of Crochet.

I’m incredibly inspired! Particularly by vintage work called Uncinetto, or Croché, traditionally done across Europe, South America and Mexico. I love Filet Crochet, and everything done in cotton particularly in white. Here are some samples in cotton and wool.

White Crown Jewells Square
Popcorn Stitch Square

 

Red cotton Fan stitch
White cotton Filet Crochet

Green Chair

This iPad picture began as a man on a porch playing guitar in a hat. As I drew, it transformed and morphed and ended as a Parisian lady in a sitting room, under the same hat. The chair has a loose cover made of linen. Like in the film ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce”, the hat remained the same as the owners changed. It’s like a small domestic story of metamorphosis.

Santa Monica 1970

This is work in progress -from a group of boys by the beach in California, way back. iPad drawing. I drew this on 31st January – in the ancient Celtic Calandar that’s Imbolc – when Brigid the goddess of fire is recovering from giving birth to a young boy God. That’s a very old way of saying it’s the beginning of Spring. 

  

  

First Do No Harm – Hydrangea

I painted this on my computer and had it digitally printed with additional glazes. There are cameo portraits and a seal inserted too.

It’s the story of how the Hydrangea plant came to Britain, and its medicinal properties first discovered by the Cherokee. Near the bottom is the Hippocratic seal- which accompanies the Hippocratic oath of around 500 BCE, still in use today: “First do no harm…”

There’s information about Peter Collinson of Pekham who imported rare plants in the C18th  HERE