Olivia is creating Crochet Sculpture
16

patrons

$76
per month
Hey everyone! Thanks so much for checking out my Patreon page. My name is Olivia and I make crochet sculptures.
How I Got Started:

I learned how to crochet in the summer of 2002 when I was 11. My grandma taught me and my little brother how to make granny squares. We started by crocheting on our fingers, then moved up to using hooks. My brother got bored with it but I got super into it and together with my grandma and my great aunt we had a little summer business making granny square cushions. After that summer I didn’t crochet agin until I got to high school and needed a hobby to occupy my extra time in study halls. I started teaching myself more than just granny squares and before I knew it I was crocheting blankets, hats, mittens the like. During my first semester of college I discovered YouTube tutorials and really started honing my craft. I opened my first Etsy shop that year to make a little extra money. My college experience started out with me going to school to become an elementary school teacher. I knew I loved doing crafts and making art so it seemed like a good fit because I could do lots of crafts with my class of kiddos. However shortly into that program I realized it wasn’t for me. I had always wanted to go to school for art but I never thought I’d be able to hack it as an artist. But in 2012 I finally faced my fears and decided to apply for art school anyway...and I got in! For the next couple of years I studied the basics, drawing, painting, art history etc. During this time I didn’t crochet very much as I explored other art forms. Then in my junior year of art school I took a class on contemporary art and another class on women in the arts. The two classes fueled my desire to get back into crochet. At that point I decided to take what I had learned about fine art and blend it with what I knew about crochet. That was the moment when my large crochet sculptures were born and I’ve been making them ever since. 
My Mission:

My my goal with my work is to see how much I can blur the line between fine art and craft. Throughout history crochet, as well as other fiber arts, has been considered a craft (or a lesser form of art) rather than a fine art.  But the way I see it crochet and other fiber arts are just as artistic as painting or drawing. To me, the words art and craft are interchangeable and mean the same thing. Craft is just a word used by the patriarchy to keep a mostly female group of artists out of their “fine art” club. Although my individual pieces don’t typically exhibit feminist themes, I still consider myself to be a feminist artist simply because I am challenging the notion that art forms historically practiced by female artists like crochet are worth any less than artforms typically practiced by male artists.

With all all that being said my other mission is more simple and to the point. I just want to make people smile with my pieces. I don’t usually make sad, angry or politically charged pieces. I feel like there’s enough of that in the news. Besides I can’t make good art like that even when I try. Growing up I was always day dreaming and being silly and as an adult I’m still that way. I’m an optimist and I always see a bright side in any situation so my art reflects that part of me. I compare my artwork to what a comedian does. My work is goofy, it will make you laugh and forget about your troubles for just a minute. If I can make people smile with my work, then I’ve succeeded as an artist.

Where Your Money Will Go:

When you pledge, I will use that money to buy supplies to make more large sculptures. Yarn can get very expensive when you’re working on that large of a scale. I currently have some really cool ideas but I need your help to make my sketches a reality. Your donations will also just help me continue to be an artist as my “day job” while still making sure I can afford to pay my rent and feed my dog. 
Tiers
Lil’ Yarn Balls
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
With this tier you will get access to exclusive patron only content posts including pictures and videos of what I’m working on as well as occasional pictures and videos of my daily life. 
Pattern Peteys
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the exclusive patron only content posts as described in Tier 1 and you will also get a mystery pattern each month and a small post card sized hand drawn thank you card mailed to you every month. 


There will be a new pattern each month and it can be anything, a plushie, a yarn bomb, a throw pillow etc. Be sure to follow my story posts here to see what I’m working on for the currnet month. 


The drawing will be made on heavy mixed media paper, outlined in sharpie and colored with water color pencils. Each patron will get an individualused card, no two designs will be the same. 

Patchy Pirates
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you will receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting a random small (anywhere from 2-4 inch) appliqué every month. These appliqués can be used in other projects, used as patches or displayed all on their own. 
Plushie Plushensteins
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you’ll receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting a random small (2-4 inch) plushie each month. 
Collectors
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you’ll receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting a random small (2-4 inch) patch AND plushie each month. 
Students
$60 or more per month 0 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you’ll receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting an hour long crochet lesson via video chat. You can pick almost anything as your lesson topic. If you’re totally new to crocheting I can show you the basics, if you already know the basics maybe you’d like to learn how to make an 8 inch donut pillow or an octopus plushie.  Basically you can pick almost any of my small projects and I’ll teach you how to make it. 
Gatherers
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron-only post feed, a hand drawn thank you card, a small mystery patch, a small mystery plushie and a full sized 12 inch mystery pillow each month. 
Accumulators
$300 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron-only post feed, a hand drawn thank you card, a small mystery patch, a small mystery plushie and a giant mystery floor pillow (30 inches or larger). 
Hey everyone! Thanks so much for checking out my Patreon page. My name is Olivia and I make crochet sculptures.
How I Got Started:

I learned how to crochet in the summer of 2002 when I was 11. My grandma taught me and my little brother how to make granny squares. We started by crocheting on our fingers, then moved up to using hooks. My brother got bored with it but I got super into it and together with my grandma and my great aunt we had a little summer business making granny square cushions. After that summer I didn’t crochet agin until I got to high school and needed a hobby to occupy my extra time in study halls. I started teaching myself more than just granny squares and before I knew it I was crocheting blankets, hats, mittens the like. During my first semester of college I discovered YouTube tutorials and really started honing my craft. I opened my first Etsy shop that year to make a little extra money. My college experience started out with me going to school to become an elementary school teacher. I knew I loved doing crafts and making art so it seemed like a good fit because I could do lots of crafts with my class of kiddos. However shortly into that program I realized it wasn’t for me. I had always wanted to go to school for art but I never thought I’d be able to hack it as an artist. But in 2012 I finally faced my fears and decided to apply for art school anyway...and I got in! For the next couple of years I studied the basics, drawing, painting, art history etc. During this time I didn’t crochet very much as I explored other art forms. Then in my junior year of art school I took a class on contemporary art and another class on women in the arts. The two classes fueled my desire to get back into crochet. At that point I decided to take what I had learned about fine art and blend it with what I knew about crochet. That was the moment when my large crochet sculptures were born and I’ve been making them ever since. 
My Mission:

My my goal with my work is to see how much I can blur the line between fine art and craft. Throughout history crochet, as well as other fiber arts, has been considered a craft (or a lesser form of art) rather than a fine art.  But the way I see it crochet and other fiber arts are just as artistic as painting or drawing. To me, the words art and craft are interchangeable and mean the same thing. Craft is just a word used by the patriarchy to keep a mostly female group of artists out of their “fine art” club. Although my individual pieces don’t typically exhibit feminist themes, I still consider myself to be a feminist artist simply because I am challenging the notion that art forms historically practiced by female artists like crochet are worth any less than artforms typically practiced by male artists.

With all all that being said my other mission is more simple and to the point. I just want to make people smile with my pieces. I don’t usually make sad, angry or politically charged pieces. I feel like there’s enough of that in the news. Besides I can’t make good art like that even when I try. Growing up I was always day dreaming and being silly and as an adult I’m still that way. I’m an optimist and I always see a bright side in any situation so my art reflects that part of me. I compare my artwork to what a comedian does. My work is goofy, it will make you laugh and forget about your troubles for just a minute. If I can make people smile with my work, then I’ve succeeded as an artist.

Where Your Money Will Go:

When you pledge, I will use that money to buy supplies to make more large sculptures. Yarn can get very expensive when you’re working on that large of a scale. I currently have some really cool ideas but I need your help to make my sketches a reality. Your donations will also just help me continue to be an artist as my “day job” while still making sure I can afford to pay my rent and feed my dog. 

Recent posts by Olivia

Tiers
Lil’ Yarn Balls
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
With this tier you will get access to exclusive patron only content posts including pictures and videos of what I’m working on as well as occasional pictures and videos of my daily life. 
Pattern Peteys
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the exclusive patron only content posts as described in Tier 1 and you will also get a mystery pattern each month and a small post card sized hand drawn thank you card mailed to you every month. 


There will be a new pattern each month and it can be anything, a plushie, a yarn bomb, a throw pillow etc. Be sure to follow my story posts here to see what I’m working on for the currnet month. 


The drawing will be made on heavy mixed media paper, outlined in sharpie and colored with water color pencils. Each patron will get an individualused card, no two designs will be the same. 

Patchy Pirates
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you will receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting a random small (anywhere from 2-4 inch) appliqué every month. These appliqués can be used in other projects, used as patches or displayed all on their own. 
Plushie Plushensteins
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you’ll receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting a random small (2-4 inch) plushie each month. 
Collectors
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you’ll receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting a random small (2-4 inch) patch AND plushie each month. 
Students
$60 or more per month 0 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron only posts as described in tier 1 and you’ll receive the monthly hand drawn thank you note as described in tier 2 as well as getting an hour long crochet lesson via video chat. You can pick almost anything as your lesson topic. If you’re totally new to crocheting I can show you the basics, if you already know the basics maybe you’d like to learn how to make an 8 inch donut pillow or an octopus plushie.  Basically you can pick almost any of my small projects and I’ll teach you how to make it. 
Gatherers
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron-only post feed, a hand drawn thank you card, a small mystery patch, a small mystery plushie and a full sized 12 inch mystery pillow each month. 
Accumulators
$300 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
With this tier you will get access to the patron-only post feed, a hand drawn thank you card, a small mystery patch, a small mystery plushie and a giant mystery floor pillow (30 inches or larger).