Dorothy Ann Daly

Dorothy Ann Daly


Dorothy Ann Daly makes crochet pieces and combines them with embossed and handmade paper. The crochet develops using different stitches and cottons to produce various textures. The type of stitch, number and direction all create different marks, patterns and qualities.

Krickle Krackle is an expression that I first heard in relation to children’s drawings, maybe we would say scribbling in English. My son came home from kindergarten one day, he was very upset that one of his friends had said that he could only do krickle krackle, while trying to comfort him, it became clear to me, that that was what I had been trying to do with my work. Since then I have been trying to make Krickle Krackle crochet. I make drawings with the cotton, I start and allow the piece to develop, I use different stitches to make marks, I try not to worry about what it looks like and what it is going to be. To approach it like a pencil drawing. Sometimes I make drawings in my notebook and then try to crochet these. I use old pieces of needlework as sources for my work, I am interested in the women, who made the pieces and in their lives.

I have some work that was made by my family and other pieces that I found in markets. I use crochet in my work with hand made and embossed papers. I am interested in using the crochet cotton to make different textures and qualities; I use various stitches and thicknesses of cotton to achieve this. I see crochet as a means of drawing and making sculptural pieces; this is what I’m exploring with this work. I start a piece of crochet and it develops as I work, it becomes clear if it needs to be in a collage or if it is a sculpture in itself. Some pieces I make as drawings that I pin directly on to the wall. I use crochet as a fine artist.

CURLED UP | 3D drawing in crochet.
WHITE WORK 2 (detail ) | Starting a piece of crochet then changing the direction and turning it over and working in a different direction.

Berlin, Germany



Workshops: No
Talks: No
Commissions: Yes