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Bright Floral Crochet Wraps an Iconic Stratocaster Guitar in a Psychedelic Layer of Color

October 20, 2020

Grace Ebert

“Flower Power” (2020), crocheted wool and Fender Stratocaster, 106.7 x 12.7 x 38.1 centimeters. All images courtesy of The Big Art Auction, shared with permission A new piece by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (previously) envelops one of Fender’s Stratocaster guitars in a vibrant sheath of wool. Titled “Flower Power,” loosely crocheted petals cover the entirety of the instrument, wrapping the body, neck, and head in a kaleidoscopic bouquet. The fibrous webbing evokes the aesthetic of the 1960s when Fender’s model secured its legendary status. Along with a diverse series of artist-customized Strats, “Flower Power” will be auctioned on Nov. 4…

 

 



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Layers of Crocheted Fabric Drape Across a Large-Scale Inflatable Installation Inside of Paris's Le Bon Marché

March 2, 2019

Andrew LaSane

…entrancing power of a bioluminescent deep sea organism. Vasconcelos tells Colossal that like the winged-horse riders, the works in her Valkyries series “are both warrior and protective creatures, in the way they attack and contaminate yet adapt and engage with the spaces they inhabit.” To see more of the artist’s work, follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Luís Vasconcelos/Courtesy Unidade Infinita Projectos Luís Vasconcelos/Courtesy Unidade Infinita Projectos Luís Vasconcelos/Courtesy Unidade Infinita Projectos Gabriel de la Chapelle/Courtesy Le Bon Marché Gabriel de la Chapelle/Courtesy Le Bon Marché Gabriel de la Chapelle/Courtesy Le Bon Marché Gabriel de la Chapelle/Courtesy Le Bon Marché…

 

 



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Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos

July 29, 2014

Johnny Waldman

In an ongoing series by Joana Vasconcelos, the Portuguese artist has been wrapping various animals—wasps, lizards, snakes, crabs, lobsters, frogs, bull-heads, donkey heads, horse heads, wolves and even cats—in five-needle lace, handmade cotton crochet. But these aren’t any old animals. Vasconcelos has appropriated the ceramic artwork of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 19th century. Each of the pieces “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos. At once both beautiful and strange, the work stands as a testament to the extraordinary craftsmanship of the artist but also as a one-upmanship…