I shall never complain that I am too busy after discovering Ana Voog. Performance artist, writer, musician, blogger and crochet goddess; Voog still finds time to crochet some of the most original and sassy hats I’ve ever seen.
Ana’s sophisticated and colorful creations bear witness to an evolving, experimental approach to her art: extending the notion of pure artistic practice to the simple and humble medium of crochet. Ana claims “I do not knit, I freeform crochet” and her yarn fuelled improvisations brings life and movement to her hat designs (or lack of design should that be?). Some hats grow out of the crown of the head and spurt down the body like the bright orange “Pumpkin Jellyfish hat”. One hat can also be worn as a scarf, belt or legwarmer, another hat sits snugly round the head like a flapper hat. My personal favorite is the stripey legged “Octopus” hat that can transform into different shapes and designs just like your own hair.
Going beyond standard threads and wool, Ana indulges in a diverse pool of textiles like recycled yarn, flax, toys, copper wire - even poodle fur! Ana’s candy store of colorful hats showcases humor, joy and joie de vive: qualities I seldom expect to see from contemporary art, let alone crochet!
Belle Hann is a Sydney based freelance writer. She knits, sews and hopes to write a book on thrifty living one day.
See Ana's site anacam.com/hats