I heard about the Magda Sayeg’s website the artist who created it.on the radio yesterday. When I googled it today I came across
I loved what I saw, even her website design was inspiring. She crocheted sign posts and cement pillars, campers, cars and sneakers hung over electrical lines. Check it out, it’s fabulous!
I also got a pang of regret. When I was in art school in the late 90’s I started unraveling old afghans, bedspreads, doilies etc. and crocheting them over objects. I unraveled one of my grandmother’s starched crocheted vases and crocheted it around a stair railing, the leftover yarn still attached to the remains of the vase. I crocheted an ax, a kitchen pot, a hammer, my childhood doll “Johnny” and stuffed dog “Pinky”. Later I crocheted a tea cup (this was a collaborative piece I did with a friend) and a chair.
When I saw Magda Sayeg’s work I thought “that could have been me”. But there’s a big difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it. I still don’t know if I would have the guts to go out on a street corner and crochet a signpost. But I may someday, I ‘m a different person than I was 10 years ago (even 2 years ago). Of course I won’t be crocheting a signpost, or a car, thats already been done. It seems that there are ideas out there floating around and different people pick up on them and take them in different directions. I ‘m always amazed when I encounter one of these connections, weather it’s with and artist who has been dead a hundred years, or just someone in another country. So I’m going to keep an eye on Magda’s website and continue to be inspired.