I can’t get over the incredibly detailed, beautiful crochet work of artist Xenobia Bailey.
I’m surprised I’d never heard of her before recently! Her designs have been featured in TV and movies; she’s had exhibits in museums; she’s well-known in the art community, and she even had her own Absolut vodka ad.
A Seattle native, Xenobia is known for her large-scale crochet pieces and mandalas, consisting of concentric circles and repeating patterns, as well as her bold hats (which established her career) and costumes. Influenced by Africa, China, various religions, and the 1970s—among other things—she works mostly in single stitch crochet, and uses mostly acrylic and cotton yarns and plastic pony beads.
Besides her outstanding crochet art, Xenobia also creates installations, short stories, cookbooks, and does critical writing.
“I make art to stay sane, to be centered and be able to reflect on myself, my psychological state,” Xenobia says. “You know, it’s a psychological mapping of where I am, where I am trying to go. It’s a way of expressing and of growing.”