Creating a Crochet Sculpture
I love creating freeform crochet sculptures. It gets me into a state of “flow”, helps me relax, and brings about a sense of joy. Today I thought I’d share a tutorial on a project I recently made. I started with a ball of variegated yarn and here is how the piece evolved:
Here are some pictures of the finished
HYPERBOLIC CROCHET SCULPTURE
Creativity starts with asking the question, “what if?”
What if I start with a different number of chains?
What if I increase in EVERY stitch?
What if I increase in every 4th stitch?
What if I increase the number of rows before starting a new node?
What if I do back loop crochet?
What if I vary the rate of increase differently in each row?
What if I use variegated yarn and only start a new node when the color changes?
What if I use double or triple crochet instead of single crochet?
What if I use a smaller or larger hook?
What if I add some popcorn stitches from time to time?
What if ….?
Please feel free to share your experiments – I’d love to see them! Just put a link to where you have pictures posted (your blog, your Pinterest board, Flickr, etc.) in a comment to this post.
The Joy of Finding Flow
I find joy — that sense of being in “flow” when I can immerse myself in a creative endeavor. It’s about emergence and simply enjoying the process. It can be so easy to get caught up in the productivity trap — an overemphasis on the end result. A “flow” experience is about living in the moment. It’s about the spark of inspiration and the joy of creativity. It’s about asking “what if” and experimenting. No rules. No deadline. No need for perfection.
What are you making? Sometimes I hate that question. I know it is well-meaning. But it implies there has to be a utilitarian purpose or it is not of value. What am I making? I’m making an experience. That’s the joy of freeform crochet for me. It’s the difference between being a manufacturer and being an artist.
Flow is the Secret to Happiness
Mihaly Cskiszentmihali is a professor and the director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University, and the author of several books on the topic of “flow”.
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1975). Beyond Boredom and Anxiety: Experiencing Flow in Work and Play, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1978) Intrinsic Rewards and Emergent Motivation in The Hidden Costs of Reward : New Perspectives on the Psychology of Human Motivation eds Lepper, Mark R;Greene, David, Erlbaum: Hillsdale: NY 205-216
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly and Csikszentmihalyi, Isabella Selega, eds. (1988). Optimal Experience: Psychological studies of flow in consciousness, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper and Row.
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1994). “The Evolving Self”, New York: Harper Perennial
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1996). Creativity : Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: Harper Perennial.
- Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1998). Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life. Basic Books.
Here is the blurb from his TED Talks video – Flow Is The Secret to Happiness:
“Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has contributed pioneering work to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of “flow” — a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.”
View the video below (20 minutes):