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Ladies and gentleman, here is Mrs KathrynVercillo, from the website Crochet Concupiscence
This beautiful lady, from San Francisco, is not only a great designer of crochet items and writer
There is something more in her crocheting
Kathryn wrote a book titled “Crochet Saved My Life” where she tells how crocheting saved her from a deep depression. The book is not only about her story, but it contains the experience of 24 woman who, thanks to crafting and creativity could rise from a problematic situation.
This is why in September 2014 Kathryn organized an online event to say goodbay to Marinke: “Mandalas for Marinke – Contribute to raise awarness re depression”
Marinke was a very talented crochet designer, who fought her battle against depression, but unfortunately it was too hard, and she left us.
In her memory, Kathryn asked all the online friends to send a mandala from all over the world.
Those mandalas will be posted online, collected in an exhibition and published in a book. Part of the money raised will go to support organizations related to depression and mental issues.
here you will find all the details: http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/mandalasformarinke/
Take a look at all the mandalas that she received during one year. It is amazing!
If you ever had to deal with depression, in your family or directly, you will feel Kathryn is a friend
Kathryn just published a new book, innovative and amazing. It is called hook to heal – 100 crochet exercises for health, growth, connection, inspiration and celebrating your inner artist.
this the link to Amazon, where you can also have a sneak peek of the content
I think this is an amazing job!
Here is the interview!
When did you start crocheting? Who was your teacher?
I originally learned to crochet from my mother when I was a child. We both forgot how over the years. I taught myself again in my late 20s and then re-taught my mom and now we both crochet again. More details: http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2013/06/how-i-learned-to-crochet/
How did crocheting become your passion?
Crochet saved my life. I was going through a deep battle with depression, which I’ve written about in my book Crochet Saved My Life, when I rediscovered crochet. It offers so many benefits and has been my passion ever since. More details: http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2012/08/excerpt-from-the-intro-to-crochet-saved-my-life/
Where do you take inspiration for your work?
I follow many, many crochet blogs online and through social media, plus I review most of the new crochet books that come out so all of the work that other people are doing definitely inspires me. I especially love crochet art and mixed media art that incorporates crochet so I get inspiration there as well.
Is there a product, a yarn, a hook that you love most?
I use Boye aluminum hooks and I love baby alpaca yarn from small fiber farms, but I use a lot of different products and find value in them all!
What style do you like? Classic, Design, Freeform…
I love looking at freeform crochet but in my own work tend to stick to really classic, simple patterns. I have a fondness for the granny square.
How did your work evolve during the years?
I use more color changes now and focus more on creating art pieces than I did when I first started.
How many hours do you work during the week or during the day?
I’m self-employed in writing and do writing work related to crochet for blogs, magazines and books. Between all of that it’s at least full-time. I’ve worked really hard to create a work life that allows me to truly live my passion all day long. I believe in integrating work and life rather than having them be separate.
What is the role of crocheting in your life?
Crochet is my passion, my profession and my playtime!
What do your family and friend say about your passion?
They are hugely supportive of what I do. The friends who don’t yet know how to crochet want to learn and the friends who do know how are always generous in their kindness about what I do.
Do you ever have moments of “creative void”? How do you manage them?
It happens sometimes, although more so with writing than with crochet. I usually crochet until I get over writer’s block. If I have a block in crochet then I just go with something simple for awhile, like making large granny square blankets, until I get re-inspired.
How did you decide to have a blog? And how much does it absorb of your time?
I started blogging as a profession about ten years ago and have had several blogs of my own since that time. I love the blogging format and knew when I fell in love with crochet that I needed to have a blog about it. I blog every day.
Which other blog do you like and follow?
I follow more than 300 other crochet blogs regularly. People who are interested in seeing what I like can always check my blog on Saturdays, where I share Link Love to all of the posts I’ve liked best throughout the week.
What other channel (Facebook, Ravelry…) do you use to communicate your work? Which are the most important?
I regularly use Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and I’m also on G+ and Ravelry. I don’t necessarily think one is more important than the other; I think it’s all about what you most enjoy in terms of communicating. Lately I’ve been mostly about Instagram.
Is it possible to live on crochet?
Yes but like with any self-employment business I think it’s difficult. You have to wear a lot of hats, and you have to constantly be adjusting your practices so that they continue to work best for you. I have been self-employed for over a decade and love it but it’s not for everyone. I do know some people that work full-time in crochet but what’s more common is that someone makes a decent income to contribute in their two-income home.
What advise would you give to a new crocheter?
Have fun! It should be a joy!
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
The Mandalas for Marinke project. Details at http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/mandalasformarinke/
A big hug!