June 21, 2011

Jo Hamilton

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Scottish-born Jo Hamilton is a painter by trade, but her recent work has manifested itself in a truly exciting new medium: crochet. She spends hours calmly, painstakingly crocheting large-scale depictions of Portland's cityscape as well as portraits of her dearest friends. The work is impressively meticulous and pleasingly colorful; Jo interprets shadows through tone and color in a way I've never seen! She also organizes her gigantic collection of yarn according to their tonal ranges: warm and cool versions of each color residing in their right and individual places. When I visited she was working on a beautiful full-body portrait of a close friend, half-done the piece easily sprawled out to 3 feet long. Imagining it completed is an exciting prospect, so keep an eye of for upcoming shows to see this inspiring hand-crafted work!

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click to visit Jo's website