Crochet in Artique’s spotlight
September 29, 2015
Mary Ellen Hunter has been selling her crochet items at Artique, in Kamas, for three years, but Friday, Oct. 3, she will be the gallery’s featured artist for the first time.
Hunter says the upcoming First Friday Artist Opening is "exciting," and she’s been working on creating as many items as she can for it. Her recent focus has been on hats, bags and mandalas, and the fall is her busiest time.
"It is going into the season where you start to gear up for Christmas and fall, with hats and things — fall is the time where all of that stuff sort of starts to come out," she said.
Hats have been her quickest selling items of late.
"Mostly, lately, what I’ve been working on is hats," she said. "It’s fun for me and I kind of gave everybody hats and so being able to sell them is a good way for me to be able to just keep making them!"
Mandalas are the items Hunter crafts that take the most work. "Hours and hours and hours," she said.
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"Because every single row is a different color, most of the time," she said. "They just kind of happen — it’s not something that’s from any kind of pattern and typically I can’t, or don’t, reproduce the same pattern because I don’t write it down, I just do it. So that’s kind of fun."
"What I kind of feel like I’m doing is painting with thread," she said.
Hunter has been crocheting for more than 50 years, when her grandmother taught her at age 5. "Crocheting hats and bags has just sort of been part of my life forever," she said. She has a degree in textile design with a concentration in weaving from the University of Vermont, she said. She moved to Utah from Vermont nine years ago.
Fall is ideal for finding artistic inspiration.
"This time of year is a huge inspirational time of year for me with the fall colors," she said. "Sometimes I’ll take photographs and sort of work the colors from that and sometimes I just try to remember. And I’ll find nowadays, driving up and down the canyon, like ‘Oh look at that tree, I have to remember that!’"
Artique’s First Friday events are "just a fun night," Hunter said. "I’ll also be at the store the next day, in case people can’t come on Friday night."
Artique, 283 North Main St. in Kamas, is holding its October First Friday event Oct. 2, from 6-9 p.m. Mary Ellen Hunter’s crocheted works, including hats, bags and mandalas will be featured.
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