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When art is inside you, it will come out via any medium available!

pregnancy inspires many crocheters to make the cutest of baby blankets, christening gowns baby booties and more, but what is an extremely talented artist to do when she finds out she can't paint for 9 months? Read my Q and A with Katerina Penzina below and find out what this Russian artist decided to do! I first discovered Katerina's work only a week ago if that when YARNBOMBS ( aka Stephen) reposted her work to his instagram and more than tripled her followers just by getting her work out there, Take a look at her Instagram Blogspot and her facebook for more of her work! 

1.Your crochet art is so unique ( in a great way) what inspired you to start creating this way? What term would you best use to describe it?

 My pregnancy - my inspiration :) - Or rather, a necessity. Since childhood I love to create art. Paintings, drawings, collages - all of this I like very much. I have been exhibiting my works (in different techniques: paintings, drawings, collages, etc) in various galleries all over Russia for some years now. The last few years I painted with oil. But I used toxic solvents, they are heavy. When I found out about the pregnancy, I realized that I
will not be able draw for 9 months. (Dangerous, I suppose.)
I thought for a long time - what should I do? Creative ambitions! Wanted to make art.
Usually at this time of the women knit or crochet, sew .. doing needlework. And I decided to combine: drawing portraits and crochet.
A term I have not yet invented) ... -crochet-portraits, Crochart
I love this photo of her!

 2. At what age did you first learn to crochet? 
 At 7 years, I have learned to crochet. At school. All children learned to crochet )) 
3. Do you have a favorite type of yarn or hook to use?
None. And yarn and hooks - very ordinary. I found this at home. I buy yarn in the store. Choose colors. I know nothing about this. ))))))
4. Your pieces have a very free-form feel, do you sketch or plan out your ideas on paper before you begin? 
I invent in the process of what to do next. I have two identical pictures, one - for watching, the second - a diagram by hand. 
5. Do you have a favorite piece? What does it mean to you?
All this - my favorite. This is my salvation from boredom.   
 6. Besides crochet what other forms of art do you enjoy?
 I love animation (that's my job) and love painting. But all forms of art are interesting to me.
7. What did your friends and family think after you made your first piece? 
My husband, mom and dad - approve and support the my eksperementy. For the other - just funny, I think) for Russia is not very interesting. 
8. Tell us about how crafting with your hands is valued or devalued in your area.
 Much of my audience is Japanese. In my area it is not popular. Only old women crochet. Or I do not know where the young ones are. 
9. For those that want to try an attempt to make art in the same style do you have any tips you want to share?
Do not be afraid. If you want - do it) I think it's not difficult) Imagination, skills, time (and pregnancy!)))) - that's all.

WOW is anyone else amazed by her art? I can't draw ( anyone who has played draw something ( a cell phone app game) with me can attest to that! however I can crochet all sorts of shapes so with some trial and error I am going to attempt to make something new :) How about YOU? Are you inspired???


  1. Beautiful... but why no drawing for 9 months? I'm confused...

    1. I left most of her words exact, because I didn't want to change her meaning, she can draw but she can't paint while she is expecting because of the solvents.


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