Tuesday, 30 July 2013

VNA Magazine | Helping Crochet on its way to Cool.

I was planning on doing a post to show you all my creations from my current placement at Anna Kompaneits (which I am still doing, plus some), but then an unavoidable urge to show you my favorite topic related artist and then the realisation that I haven't (at least I don't think I have) shared with you all one of my favorite magazines on the planet right now! 

That magazine is Very Nearly Almost Magazine, I had been reading Juxtapoz for a long time ( being an American mag it teased me with way too many out of reach purchases and exhibitions) and fancied a change and thats how I came across London based VNA.

VNA is a Street Art / Graffiti / Illustration / Art Culture magazine and in currently in its 23rd issue (with the duo Faile gracing the cover), publishing 4 times a year since 2006. 
Regrettably, since I am only one year into my collection I missed out on a good few awesome artists including Shepard Fairey (yes, I know), Invader, Eine, The London Police and D*Face, but the artists that have come after have pretty much made up for my loss! 
If you buy this mag you sure to be introduced, through a selection of interviews, to some truly awesome talents and a read will leave you completely inspired and eagerly awaiting the next issue!

Four times a year is most certainly NOT enough.

One of the artists I was introduced to by VNA was Olek, I had seen some of her crocheted extraordinary work floating around in cyber space and a bike which I think she created near brick Lane featured on the blog a long time ago (when its main focus was pretty much visual, and along the way I somehow gained the courage to add some text), so to be able to put a name to the amazing creations I had seen was great.

And so, what does Olek have to do with my internship.....?

Well, basically for the past (almost) month while working with Anna and the other awesome intern Treeney we have been having an amazingly fun time talking about our guy crushes, death / morbid stuff, the soap opera in Anna neighbors garden, watching movies, eating LOTS of cakes (Anna is not just an amazing artist but also, unlike myself a pretty tricky cook! That's tricky in terms of an array of interesting ingredients and incredibly skillful and clever.) and CROCHETING!

We have been creating an array of little gorgeous plastic bag crocheted flowers (I don't think mine can be counted in this collection), and you can see my first (semi-successful) one below and another more ambitious one that I will get around to finishing as soon as I manage to buy myself a crochet hook!

I was also pleasantly surprised how much quicker and more fun crochet is that knitting (yeah, I'm serious), I am the worlds slowest knitter and knitting machines do a neat job of almost making my blood boil.
My Nan taught me how to knit about 245 years ago and I still haven't managed to create that tea cosy I promised her. Such a bad grand-daughter. (Wow, I actually feel kinda bad now)

We have also began decorating some of them with beads and other pretty things and they look incredible!

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