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January 26, 2019

Crochet 2019 — Kate Jenkins

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In the seaside town of Brighton, England, textile artist and knitwear designer Kate Jenkins has been making delectable crocheted foods since 2007.

After working in fashion knitwear for more than 20 years, she started experimenting with crocheted food art when she realized she needed appealing photographs to put on her website.

Her first creation was the Wool English, a knitted version of the full English breakfast, but over the years, her pieces have become grander in scope.

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In 2015, Jenkins knitted and hand-embroidered an awe-inspiring, life-size fish counter (top and above) for The Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin.

Her oeuvre of yarn-related deliciousness covers a variety of foods, but seafood is clearly her forté.

Besides her regular assortment of sequined sardines, diva lobsters, and golden-eyed squid, Jenkins has made a knitted and crocheted Fishmas Wreath (below),

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with mussels, shrimp, crabs, and oysters, garnished with woolen lemons and parsley leaves.

"I've spent all my life developing technique, it's like drawing with wool. My crochet is a pencil," says Jenkins.

She always buys the food she plans to replicate, so she can ensure her pieces are to scale and look as close to life as possible.

"I'll literally have a prawn on my desk to look at while I'm knitting a 3D prawn," she says.

She takes lots of photographs and sketches out designs.

It took her nine months to make Kate’s Plaice, her fish counter exhibit, but she's made so many sardines by now that she can finish one in an hour.

Jenkins has some well-known fans, including clothing labels Anthropologie and Boden, who have commissioned her pieces.

January 26, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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