Kally Davidson

Freeform crochet artist

Kally has been the creative force behind several Makers’ Month projects and exhibits and she enjoys involving members of the community in her work. Free form crochet can take you in all sorts of weird and wonderful directions and is great for the mind and soul. Don’t miss Kally’s exhibition – Life Circles – in The Forum’s Gallery for 2019’s Makers’ Festival. 

What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?

I love to crochet, spin, saori weave, carve crochet hooks from found sticks and find plants to experiment with natural dyeing. Ultimately my greatest passion is to create my art from the raw material through to exhibiting it as a site specific sculptural installation. I love and enjoy the process, using the skills I have, of sharing skills and learning.

What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?

It is fulfilling to continue the use of crafts that make either useful or wearable items, like my relatives did, or inspire creative action or poetic thought in others.

What has been your greatest making achievement?

Learning to spin and dye in 2012 helped pull my interest in textiles together, collaborating with many souls for an installation I curated for Cley12 called ‘pillar of the community’

What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?

My new Russian supported spindle that I bought at Woolfest. It looks like a big fat paintbrush which has been turned into wood! Spinning on it seemed impossible to start with, but with practice I am improving and I love it.

What is your favourite making website or blog and why?

On Instagram I love following Hellegoosy, Ines Seidel and on Facebook Prudence Mapstone, all for their inventive use of thread and their thoughts.

Why do you like being part of the Festival (and formerly of Makers’ Month).

The meeting of other makers and the sharing pool of resources and skills for all.

What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?

Crochet! If you have the passion, feed it with a mix of patience and practice