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Artist Crochets Crazy Creepy Creatures
Aeturnum | 2015
Aeturnum | 2015

Caitlin T. McCormack is a talented crocheter. If you are not familiar with her work, she creates detailed crochet skeletal creatures and then uses glue to give them shape. She always works in white and has a distinct style that’s all her own.

The homepage of her blog really describes what she does well:

The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string implemented in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains.

She mounts some of her crochet creations on velvet covered wood mounts, others she puts in glass jars. Some of the creatures she creates are put on stands and displayed under glass (examples below).

Ruina | 2014
Ruina | 2014
Heads in Jars I
Heads in Jars I
Ghost | 2014
Ghost | 2014

McCormack has an interesting style that involves crocheting with pretty thin string (not small compared to traditional doily making, but small in comparison to much of the modern crochet work out there) and she leaves the ends where they are instead of trying to hide them and trim them down. This gives her pieces a very interesting touch that makes her creatures almost surreal.

Much of her work gets put on display at galleries and she also sells many of her pieces on her website.

More great images on her Instagram.

Below is a commissioned sting ray piece. She crocheted the body and made the fin part from a hand-embroidered voile that was part of an antique wedding gown.

The piece below, Realms of the Unreal, is a creation she is working on for a Henry Darger-themed show at The Gristle Art Gallery in Brooklyn.

[via Laughing Squid]

2 thoughts on “Artist Crochets Crazy Creepy Creatures

  1. They’d look a lot better if she worked in the ends or tied them off. Something that screams to me “the work isn’t done!” seeing all those loose ends.

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