We are honored to have Patrick Ahern as the new fiber artist at the Studio! His piece on display is also available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing it you can find Patrick’s contact information on his website here.
Patrick Talks About His Work
“Crocheting allows me to make something meaningful.”
“This image had been in my mind for sometime – a writer taking a break and in a daydream. This is the moment before he realizes that he has been somewhere else.
I am a crocheter, knitter, and knot-tier and fiber is my favorite media in creating art.
Crocheting pictures came out of my frustration with crocheting clothing and accessories. My work is not wearable, but it is fabric. It hangs and drapes and can pucker in places where too many stitches are placed and pull apart in the application of too few. I feel that this natural state of fibers enhances the realism of the art work.
Pattern making is a large part of my technique; my stitches are counted and repeated. My mom taught me about gauge and tension and I was instructed to keep my stitches consistent when following a pattern and I learned as many stitches as possible to make my own patterns.
Many effects can be achieved with different yarns – like paint, and stitches – like brush strokes. Wool is my choice fiber because of its richness in color, its natural life, and its use in fiber heirlooms. I love the way that yarn can be made into flat fabric but still have depth and shadow. It offers more freedom than fiber arts like tapestry (weaving) and knitting, which work essentially on a grid. In crochet, I can start from anywhere, pick up anywhere I leave off, and I only need a hook and yarn.
The challenge is creating a canvas and image simultaneously, which often pulls on itself into a distortion. When people view my work, I want them to see the image without the stitches and the stitches without the image.
Crocheting allows me to make something meaningful. All of my subjects, or at least parts of them, are people close to me, so I enjoy making these pictures. I like to sit and make stitches and combinations to get certain effects. so, knowing the nature of stitches allows me to make whatever I want, however I can.”
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