Crochet Food Squids

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Banana Squid Olivia Laws Crochet 9x7.5 (Poseable arms can change dimensions)

Banana Squid
Olivia Laws
Crochet
9″x7.5″ (Poseable tentacles can change dimensions) 2015

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Watermelon Squid Olivia Laws Crochet 9.5″x7″ (Poseable tentacles may change dimensions) 2015

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Pretzel Squid with Mustard Olivia Laws Crochet 9″x7″ 2015

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This is a picture one of my friends took from the opening of Transformation in Martin, TN April 2015

A few months ago I was part of an invitational art exhibition entitled “Transformation.” The theme was simple, capture a transformation within your pieces. Since I’m super into making crochet food sculptures I knew I wanted to make something along those lines.

My usual pieces are quite large. I’m working on a 6 foot tall crochet ice cream cone right now actually. 😛 But for this show I was unsure of how much space we’d have available to us at first, so I decided to make my pieces a little smaller. Going smaller was a challenge but it also helped me prove to myself that I could make something just as awesome as my large sculptures but on a smaller scale. It’s easy to wow people with gigantic sculptures but when they’re smaller it seems like you have to work a little harder to get every tiny detail just right.

So once I decided I wanted to do something food related and on a small scale all I had left to do was decide how to capture  transformation within the pieces. I played around with several different ideas before finally landing on the idea for a banana squid. A banana naturally lends itself to this idea because the peels can easily be turned into tentacles. At the time I had been working on my giant crochet octopus sculpture entitled “Pulpo.” You can check out Puplo in my etsy shop here: Puplo

So since I was so involved in that piece, the idea of blending the two worlds of food sculptures with octopus sculptures just seemed right. I started with the banana squid and while I was doing that I came up with the ideas for the watermelon squid and the pretzel squid. I came up with a ton more ideas but I only had time to make three pieces for the show. I may revisit this series in the future.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these sculptures you can see more info about them in my etsy shop:

Banana Squid

Watermelon Squid

Pretzel Squid with Mustard