Unconventional Crochet Craft
YES – THERE IS DEFINITELY A PLACE FOR PATTERNS, TEMPLATES AND INSTRUCTION SHEETS IN OUR VARIOUS CRAFTS. HOWEVER… THERE ARE ALSO PLENTY OF ARGUMENTS TO SUPPORT THE IDEA OF SIMPLY ALLOWING YOUR CREATIVITY TAKE YOU ON YOUR NEXT JOURNEY. WE FOUND MELBOURNE DESIGNER, PHIL FERGUSON’S OFF-THE-CUFF CROCHET CREATIONS FUN, FRESH AND INSPIRING!
by Mindy Cook
Phil, aka ChiliPhilly, spoke with IntoCraft recently about how he got started, what motivates him and why he isn’t interested in commercialising his talent…
What was your motivation behind these crazy creations, and did it achieve your objectives?
I arrived in Melbourne and didn’t know a soul, so I thought this would help me meet people. And it really has allowed me to meet people, not just in Melbourne, but all over Australia!
How and when did you start crocheting and knitting?
I just started when I was bored on holidays about four years ago. I actually tried to teach myself from YouTube! I didn’t start crocheting for any particular reason other than it was a bit of fun.
Did you work from patterns at any stage, or are these completely original works?
Everything I make is on the fly. I never use patterns and I just work out the construction myself.
That’s so clever! Have you thought about sharing or selling your patterns, or tutoring to small craft groups?
Because I’m self taught and make things more organically, I haven’t really ever wanted to sell anything. For me, it’s more about what I get out of showing people my work, rather than the actual pieces themselves. I admit I have thought about teaching people, but I’m horrible at teaching!
What has been the trickiest challenge so far?
Probably my first Burger Hat. It took me several months to complete but it taught me that I just have to commit to things and not second guess myself, because half the time, what I’m doing looks fine anyway and there’s nothing to worry about!
Do you have any ideas about commercialising your designs or using them in a charitable way?
Commercialise it? – no. I have been approached by people wanting to buy pieces, but I don’t feel that good about selling my pieces. I would give them out for other reasons. Plus, because I make them in my spare time I get a bit attached to them. I wouldn’t mind giving them to something more worthwhile – like a charity.
What are your three top tips for people who want to ‘have a go’ at something fun and creative?
If you were to create an item that reflected ‘your life’, what would it most likely be?
Right now, probably a big colourful blob! I’m still quite young so everything has been very overwhelming at times, but I know eventually it will all amount to something really great. And I just can’t wait for that to happen!
ChiliPhilly’s work can be found over on his facebook page – thechiliphilly, and on instagram.