Friday Inspiration. Jo Hamilton Crochet Art.

//Friday Inspiration. Jo Hamilton Crochet Art.

Friday Inspiration. Jo Hamilton Crochet Art.

Jo Hamilton, a talented artist from Scotland, has a degree in drawing and painting, but several years ago she picked up a crochet hook and yarn… and couldn’t stop. I can totally understand her!

“I create my large scale works one knot at a time using no graphs or patterns. I look, I work, I unravel and rework until I see the substance of a representation in my knots. The knotted yarn, so familiar in everyday life, takes the place of paint and allows me to examine the categories and conventions of western fine art as well as traditional craft, and to reinvent them.” (Jo Hamilton)

How amazing is that?! I love how alive her portraits are, especially the eyes! My favorite piece from Jo Hamilton’s collection is the crochet town, Portland, where she lives and works at the moment. I would love to put it on my wall!


The amount of work that needs to be put in each piece is enormous, but I guess this is what distinguishes the true artists – they will sacrifice a lot to bring their vision to life.

You can look up more of Jo Hamilton’s works on her website –

Have a nice crafty weekend!

P.S. Next week Friday Inspiration will be taken over by a World Crafter that will take us all the way to Moscow! Don’t miss it 🙂




By | 2016-04-10T08:56:10+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Crochet Inspiration|5 Comments


  1. Rebecca March 19, 2015 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I have come across his work before, I think in an amazing book called Hoopla, you would love it. The work is extraordinary. Mind boggling really.

    • Alina March 19, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

      Thank you for the book recommendation! I also once tried to “draw” a picture with crochet hook. My Mom still has it in her house and loves it! There is so much work involved!

  2. Hannah March 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Jo Hamilton is an interesting woman! I used to work at a museum and they had an exhibition of her work, including a video where she talked about her inspiration. My favorite piece of her’s was a giant crocheted map of Portland (where she lives).
    I also liked her portraits. She talked about how she starts each portrait in the center of the eye and works outwards. When you see the portraits in person the eyes really do look alive!

    • Alina March 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for this comment! I was following her career just for 3-4 months. And I was sure for some reason that all these amazing pieces were created by a male artist. Thank you so much for your feedback! I corrected all the inaccuracies in the post.

      • Hannah March 29, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        Thank you for such an interesting post!

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