Zoo Life
Zoo Life

Zoo Life
Zoo Life

Zoo Life
Zoo Life

Zoo Life
Zoo Life

VANESSA ION

Zoo Life

2019

Crochet, wool, clay, glass

November 2019 - December 2019

About the artist:

Vanessa Ion has combined her love of making art with craft by creating crochet characters that are unique and made without a pattern. She aims to capture facial expressions that her characters might have when there is no audience – when no-one is looking. Vanessa is from Yorkshire, England and moved to Sydney in 2007. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in the UK but says her most influential moments came from great art teachers she had in high school teaching her to observe and absorb a subject matter before diving in. Her mum taught her how to crochet about 10 years ago and she hasn’t stopped since. For sales enquiries, please contact Vanessa via her Instagram.


From the curator:

We were beyond pleased when Vanessa approached us to host her work as part of 2019 Sydney Craft Week, an initiative of the Australian Design Centre. Since the rise of video work, AI and VR in the new millennium, the art world has more recently seen a strong return to craft, with fine artists building their skills in glass, ceramics, textiles and metal work. Vanessa’s crocheted characters are finely crafted, with intricate and meticulous attention to detail. They commonly feature innately human features and expressions that are instantly recognisable, eliciting closer inspections, visceral reactions, and a warm familiarity. Her work is everything we love, craft, kitsch and creepy! It is also an important reminder that we aren’t as far from the animal kingdom as we might like to think, and through curiosity may build affection, we should all show love to our fellow creatures whether great, small, weird or wonderful.