nathan vincent


I write about embroidery and crochet a lot, mainly for two reasons. No.1, I am in complete awe of anyone that can master these techniques. No.2, I absolutely love it when an artist is able to push this once “craft-only” medium into the world of fine art. Well, not only did New York based artist¬†Nathan Vincent do that, he also managed to cross a few gender roles along the way…¬†are these not the most masculine doilies that you’ve ever seen? And, if the tighty-whities aren’t “man” enough for you, how ’bout these bad boys:

Bang.

{Nathan is one of an amazing group of artists represented by Muriel Guepin Gallery in NYC}






comments (7)

  1. Kathryn Vercillo /// 10.22.2013 /// 9:34am

    So excited to see this great male crochet artist featured on your site!

  2. the jealous curator /// 10.22.2013 /// 10:13am

    me too! : )

  3. Elizabeth /// 10.23.2013 /// 2:39am

    Glad to hear that you like embroidery and crochet a lot because I love the artists you have featured so far …. so much to learn from them …. please don’t hesitate to let your list of embroidery/crochet- artists grow.

  4. the jealous curator /// 10.23.2013 /// 12:08pm

    oh i will never stop! I LOVE IT!!! : )

  5. Margaret /// 11.02.2013 /// 2:01pm

    “bro-chet”! I love it!

  6. Mimi /// 11.06.2013 /// 5:22am

    I appreciate Nathan’s work, but honestly, except for the underpants, the other motifs are not original and are readily available for needleworkers to use and have been worked up by women without much attention. What makes these doilies unique is that they were done by a male. Women’s filet crochet needlework would not get an exhibit in a art gallery, no matter how clever or well executed. You might see fine examples in needlework exhibits, but for the most part, women’s needlework is marginalized or utterly ignored by the art world.

    Superman’s “S” is modern, but the chart can be found on line, as is Batman’s logo, which I worked up myself in thread, just for a lark.

  7. the jealous curator /// 11.06.2013 /// 7:45am

    hi mimi,
    i don’t think that’s the case at all actually! i’ve written about soooo many women who are being celebrated as artists (in galleries) with their crochet work. check out these links (and these are just a few):
    http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2010/01/02/im-jealous-of-emily-barletta/
    http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2012/11/09/im-jealous-of-susanna-bauer/
    http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2013/02/04/im-still-jealous-of-magda-sayeg/
    http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2010/06/19/im-jealous-of-louise-weaver/
    http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2010/03/26/im-jealous-of-shauna-richardson/
    http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2009/07/16/im-jealous-of-sarah-applebaum/

    yes, what’s unique about nathan’s work is that he’s a man doing crochet with a male subject matter. but i don’t believe he’s getting attention just because he’s a man.