crocheting plastic flowers

hello!
i am in love with crochet!
i have been working on these flowery things for the ends of the guardian sculptures.
they are like puffballs with crochet bases.
there are like 30odd of them in total, but i only have 7 1/2 left to finish. they are not big, but each takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 40 minutes to finish. i’m so excited to sew them onto the sculptures. i’ve been slowly sewing on a few at a time, so i’ll have 10 to do, then need to trim the sculpture and stuff some of it more – then i’ll post a photo.
These are made with 100% plastic grocery bags.
the whole sculpture is made from bags – from the collections of various people.
people are very generous and share their bags with me often. i cannot accumulate bags quickly. i get a few here and there when i forget my reusable bags or i get paper bags and reuse those for other things. but many people give me their bag collections – often colorful bags. i am blessed with a community that supports my sculptures!
oh! i was on the bus yesterday and saw a woman with a cute clutch that was plastic bags. lovely colors, blue, green and black.
very fine crochet too.
i am including a photo of the last sculpture like this that i made. it is as tall as me (i’m 5′ 3″) and as big around as my leg (not too skinny) and has lots of branchy bits. the new one i’m working on has red, orange and yellow flowers.
oh sweet and beautiful art.
the last one maybe took me 70 hours? it’s hard to divide up the time, as the bags into yarn thing is a separate day’s work (but can take from 3 to 6 hours depending on how much coffee i’ve had, if i have 100s of bags at once available, and if i am listening to ratatat or watching buffy the vampire slayer or metallica, or how hot it is {i use my arm to store the loops of plastic, so if there are a lot on there it’s rather difficult to be cool – temperature wise}). if the circumstances are stacked right i can get a lot done, but if i am not thoroughly distracted and it’s hot out it does take longer.
anyhow, that’s a bit about my process.
please remember that i am having a large installation in october, and you are invited!
thanks, have a great weekend.
kPhoto 51the guardian

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2 thoughts on “crocheting plastic flowers

    • Thanks Camille! I am so glad to hear from you and that you like the Buffy plus Crochet gloriousness! Also Yay!!!!!!!!! Hooray for your photo show!!!! And thank you for the compliment!

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