Some of these crocheted and knit vegetables look so real!
The Artistry of Olga Belkevich
Olga is from Odessa, Ukraine. She describes her work as being comprised of varying combinations of yarn, felt, fabric, and a little filler, all influenced by imagination and the positive atmosphere of the nearby sea (Odessa is on the coast of the Black Sea).
Olga likes order and aspires to be a minimalist. She loves gadgets but does not have a television, and she’s indifferent to shopping, jewelry, and luxury goods.
She sees everything in color: every feeling, concept, or creature has a unique hue to her.
She’s inspired by drawings, cartoons, unexpected color combinations, and the sea.(source)
Visit Olga’s website here: http://www.olinohobby.com/
Jungjung of Japan
According to the blog iiiinspired, the use of a 0.4 mm crochet hook was predominant in the creation of these small masterpieces by Jungjung of Japan:
…her tools of the trade, including crocheting needles as thin as 0.4 millimiters, and size 80 dmc yarns that she dyes herself. if you take a closer look, you realize that all of these veggies, besides being art, are jewelry as well. mostly brooches. i can totally picture myself wearing sugarnap peas, radishes or an olive branch. -Agnes Szucs of iiiinspired
Visit Jungjung’s website here: http://www.jungjung.jp/
Kaoru Hirota of HIPOTA
33 year old Japanese craft artist Kaoru Hirota makes intricate embroidery pieces under the name Hipota. Having stumbled across her creations on the web, I was completely captivated with the detail and lifelike feel of her embroidery, especially the bite-size fruit and vegetables, which bear a strong resemblance to the real thing. With some pieces doubling as purses and brooches, these are the ultimate twee fashion accessory and the pinnacle of hand-made craft items.† -Jessica Cook
Hipota‘s work is more than just embroidery, it’s like crawling into a craft created world where everything is carved from thread. Avocados, frogs, zebras, her range is startling and the pieces themselves are captivating.† -Jessica Cook
I observe things intently and I strive to express a colour and a form as it is. It’s mainly through trial and error that I learnt to do it. If you look at the work I did seven years ago you would be surprised!† -Kaoru Hirota to Jessica Cook
Visit Kaoru Hirota’s website here: http://hipota.jugem.jp/
†Excerpted from “An interview with Japanese embroidery artist Kaorut Hirota of HIPOTA” by Jessica Cook