Crochet portraits by Ekaterina Penzina
26 year-old Russian graphic artist, animator and painter from Yaroslavl Ekaterina Penzina (Katika) got her first artistic knowledge in art school. Then followed three-year course of jewellery design in college, and six years of studying in the Ural Academy of Architecture and Art. The idea to replace the brush and paints with a hook and yarn came during her pregnancy, when women tend to do something “warm” and cozy: knitting or sewing. The inner artist and female nature – this is where her technique was born. In this direction – crochet paintings a major role played her mom, who from early childhood taught her knitting and sewing. It takes Ekaterina about a week to create a crochet portrait. The main inspiration – famous personalities, human eyes, exotic animals, and even epic images of cars. Since 2006 Ekaterina Penzina exhibits her crochet masterpieces in national and international exhibitions and art projects.