Art abounds in the world-class city of Chicago, my new home as of July 7! I consider gardening an art and we can thank former Mayor Daley for enhancing miles and miles of streets, medians and parkways with gorgeous plantings. In addition, businesses add to the floral profusion by sponsoring sculpture exhibits periodically among the plantings. Public art is a part of daily life as the many outdoor sculptures enhance an incredible skyline. "The Picasso" is thought of by residents as more than art; this untitled piece exudes pride and has become an icon that represents this wonderful city.
Fiber art is an important component of the vibrant arts community in Chicago; and it is no surprise that I found 20% of the artists in my new book, The Fine Art of Crochet, living right here in the city.
This past weekend, I was pleased to visit one of my favorite artists in the book, Pate (pronounced Patty)
Connaway at a "performance" he was doing at the Defibrillator Gallery. http://www.dfbrl8r.org/about
|Pate teaching me his finger-crochet method|
|Crocheted chair webbing|
|Pate crochets with unusual materials!|
It is quite a thrill to have my book in hand, finally, and to have it available for sale at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Art-Crochet-Innovative-Contemporary/dp/1481731866/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372638464&sr=1-1&keywords=the+fine+art+of+crochet as well as Author House http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=The+Fine+Art+of+Crochet%2c+digital