Finding Inspiration

One of the groups I belong to is the International Freeform Crochet Guild. Each year the group poses a challenge to its membership. The object being to create a freeform fiberart piece within the parameters of the challenge.

This year it is to create an interpretive piece inspired by a favorite artist or artwork.  Some of my guild friends are choosing to interpret music, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they create.

Last year I was too busy to participate in the challenge, but I am really hoping to participate this year.  When I first heard of this year’s challenge my mind went immediately to 2 of my favorite inspiring artists from the late 1800s early 1900s.  Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. 

I had known about Charles Rennie Mackintosh before I found this book written by Alan Crawford for the World of Art series by the publishers Thames and Hudson Inc.  But the images of artwork created by his wife Margaret intrigued me even more.

Mackintosh was a Glasgow Architect with such buildings as the Glasgow School of Art and Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms to his credit.  He and Margaret collaborated on a number of projects and I’ve always loved the melding of Art Nouveau and Art Deco I see in many of the images of their work.

This painting by Margaret has appealed to me for a very long time, so it is my inspiration for this challenge. 

The photos of our challenge pieces are due to the organizer between April 2 & 15.  So hopefully the online exhibit will be up only a few weeks after that. In the meantime you can take a look at previous year’s challenges at the International Freeform Crochet Guild site.

4 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration

  1. Whoa Mama! Really looking forward to seeing your entry for this challenge!
    And thanks for the reminder that I need to finish mine off… it’s so close to done, that sometimes I forget that I haven’t actually finished it yet!!

    1. I hope I get mine finished. It’s been really wild around here the past week. Fun stuff, but busy. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with as well. Hats off to you even attempting with a little one keeping you busy.

  2. Didn’t know you were into ff. so glad you posted and talked about your inspiration 🙂 We’ll need to get Laurie to do a ff swap at the next CLF retreat!
    Happy Spring,

    1. Thanks Liz. I love FF, though I don’t have as much time for it lately. Hopefully we will make it out for the next CLF Retreat. My boys and work are keeping me very busy lately.

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