Octagon from Below

Octagon from Below

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About this piece

This is a crochet mandala. The view up to the octagon from the floor is stunning.  The geometry, symmetry and colour is the inspiration behind this representation of the view.  The artist used knowledge and experience and experimentation to form the crochet pattern, and enjoyed the process of playing with colour combinations and different stitches. 


Size:  3.4 m in diameter

Medium: Textile art – crochet using 9mm hook, double stranded yarn –  double knitting and aran weight yarn. All yarn reclaimed and saved from landfill. 

Price: £500

About the artist

Gail Stephens

I live in Ely and enjoy drawing and painting as a means to relax from a professional career in the NHS. The joy of creativity has been life-long and only on the last few years have I had the opportunity to explore and develop my art further.

Life drawing with OuseLife has enabled me to bring together my profession as a physiotherapist with my passion as an artist in capturing the human form and spirit.

I’m inspired by Paul Cezanne and David Hockney and I love exploring and playing with colour, mark making and texture. I enjoy using graphite, chalk/charcoal, pastels, as well as oil and acrylic paint.

If I haven’t got a paintbrush in my hand, it’s likely there is a knitting needle or crochet hook instead. There is great joy to be had in creating something out of nothing, simple focused playing, allowing creativity to flow, the brain to settle and the heart to sing.

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