Pop! aka The Real OG

Pop! Olivia Laws Crochet Sculpture 24

Olivia Laws
Crochet Sculpture

Pop! was my first adventure in large scale crochet sculptures, hence the fact that I refer to this piece as the real OG.

I made Pop! for an invitational art exhibition at the end of 2014. The show was called Memory and we were supposed to focus on some aspect of memory in our pieces. I had recently gotten married a few months earlier and we had a carnival themed wedding. We served popcorn and cotton candy on our food tables and gave out gift bags complete with animal crackers, circus peanuts and pinwheels.

Here's a photo of a section of our food table.

Here’s a photo of a section of our food table.

Pop! started out as a memory piece to reflect back on my wedding. But once I started making it I realized everyone who saw it would instantly have their own memories dealing with popcorn, whether it reminded them of going to the movies on their first date, going to a ballgame, or staying home having family movie night as a child. This pillow/sculpture can mean whatever you want it to.

After making it, it now holds even more memories than just those from my wedding for me. I basically binge watched Pretty Little Liars while making this, and I also ate a lot of popcorn in the process. XD I averaged crocheting about 1-2 kernels of corn per episode of PLL.

Here I am looking like a huge nerd at the opening of Memory.

Here I am looking like a huge nerd at the opening of Memory.

In total I would say this piece took about 5 skeins of yarn and half a box of Poly-fil stuffing. I probably spent about 2-3 months of working on this.

After the opening of Memory I had a few of my professors come up to me and instantly started telling me about the legendary Claes Oldenburg. I had never seen his work before I made this but now he’s one of my favorite artists. If you haven’t heard of him you should seriously look him up because he’s great.

This piece really started my fire for large scale crochet sculptures and it even won an honorable mention in a juried exhibition back in early 2015.

If you are interested in purchasing Pop! you can check it out in my etsy shop here


Crochet Food Squids

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

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


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


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


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