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Please review the information below for the CGOA Hall of Fame  2017 elections.
  • Please vote using the CGOA Hall of Fame 2017 Ballot.
  • You must be a current CGOA member.
  • You may only vote once and only for one nominee.
  • The last day to vote is March 31, 2017.
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CAROL ALEXANDER

Before joining Annie's/DRG as a crochet editor in 2002, Carol worked for 15 years as a professional crochet designer, author and self-publisher. Hundreds of her original designs have been published in books, magazines and leaflets by almost every leading crochet and needle craft publication, as well as by various yarn companies. Several of her designs were featured on craft cable networks, including HGTV and DIY. In 1995, she was honored to be the first designer selected as a member of the elite Monsanto Designs for America crochet and knit design program.

Carol served in several key positions within the Crochet Guild of America and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Crochet Liberation Front. She worked with the Craft Yarn Council to help develop the yarn standards now used as the template for the crochet and knit industry. Carol was also on an advisory committee that developed the Learn to Crochet program for junior and senior high schools across the country.

Carol has offered opportunities to both new designers as well as experienced ones, giving many their launch into professional crochet careers. She also knew her reader and gave them both basic and challenging projects and techniques. She gave voice to crocheters who want to crochet for their families, for charities, for gift-giving and for their homes. 

 
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JUDITH COPELAND

In 1978, Judith Copeland's book, Modular Crochet, was published by M. Evans and Company, Inc. This book, reissued by Dover in 2015, teaches her method for making crochet garments without following "long, complicated instructions." It's a simple technique that even a beginner can follow. Additional patterns using this method were also published in Design Crochet, edited by Mark Dittrick, in 1978. In addition, Judith designed for major magazines, including Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal Needle & Craft, Women's Day, and American Home Crafts. She also designed for a leading New York knitwear company. She set up a business and training program in Barbados, and her designs were sold in top stores like Bloomingdales and Saks, and featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Mademoiselle.

 

SHARRON HEDGES

Sharron Hedges, together with 3 other trail-blazing crochet artists, helped usher in the period of Art to Wear that was led by works in crochet. Sharron's piece, "Julie's Coat," featured on the cover of "Art to Wear" by Julie Schafler Dale, is a masterful work of yarn manipulation with a hook. 

Prior to Sharron's prolific period of the 70's and 80's, there was no such thing as freeform crochet - but Sharron's creative use of a small hook and thin, single-ply wool yarn, changed all that. But freeform was not about joining small pieces of crochet together but the development of a vision. These were pieces created for clients, galleries or private sales. Sharron had started in, surprisingly, metalwork, but when she described how joining point-to-point in welding is similar to joining a loop to a point in crochet, it made sense. But it was the plethora of color available in yarn that got Sharron "hooked" to her new medium. As a true artist, Sharron's work blends the fields of art and fiber and crochet as few before her have. If CGOA wants to embrace all aspects of our craft, we need to embrace the trailblazers who showed the world how far crochet could be taken.

Sharron's approach to crochet, in her words, says it best: "Originally, the crochet appealed to me because it gave me a chance to think as I worked. It's like doodling. You sit down, and you have colors that you like, and you start making a shape, and then you make another shape off that one. It was free-form [before the term was coined]. And because you could rip it out and work with only one stitch at a time, there was no need to make commitments. That appealed to me. I just wanted to see where it took me, and that is what I really loved about the crochet."

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PAULINE TURNER

Pauline Turner, owner of Crochet Design in Morecambe, England is an internationally known crochet teacher and designer. She has been teaching crochet since the 1970’s and is expert in all types of crochet, and is called by the Tulip crochet hook company “A Pioneer in Crochet”. She has an Honorary Degree from the Institute of City and Guilds in England because of her Diploma program.

In 1983 she established the International Diploma in Crochet, a distance learning intensive 3-part program in crochet: Part 1-teaching certification; Part 2- designer certification; Part 3-extensive 
experimental exploration into crochet. She has students throughout Europe, New Zealand, America and even South Africa.
Through her “summer schools of crochet” she was instrumental in pairing two teachers-Sylvia Cosh and James Walters as a teaching team who went on to worldwide recognition for their work in freeform crochet. 

Pauline has long-understood the healing aspects of crochet, both physical and emotional. Through the International School of Awareness, she has taught extensively throughout England and Sweden on such themes as “helping people realize and activate their inner resources for self-healing and wholeness; understanding, owning and honoring our power and creativity; spreading peace throughout the world; helping people realize and activate their inner resources for self-healing and wholeness; embracing each person’s uniqueness and their right to be themselves,” to name a few. Pauline developed a method to teach disabled people how to crochet with one hand.

The author of many crochet books, Pauline’s How to Crochet, (2001) has been translated into German, Dutch, Norwegian, American and Russian and reprinted 10 times. A revised edition of the book is now called Crochet for the Absolute Beginner. Crochet is not just a hobby for her- it is her mission to educate everyone on the wonders of crochet.

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CAROL VENTURA

Carol’s giving spirit is exemplified throughout her life starting with her 4 years of service in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, Central America. It was here that she learned of the indigenous technique of Tapestry Crochet. 

Inspired by the ancient Maya men and their skills in colorful tapestry crochet bags while in the Peace Corps, for more than thirty years, she has explored the design potential of the technique, developed a system of diagramming patterns, and created a variety of flat and three-dimensional projects, which she shares in her tapestry crochet publications and videos.


An art professor at Tennessee Technological Institute in Cookeville, Tennessee, since 1994; Dr. Ventura received tenure in 2004. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico in 2000. She has taught art classes as diverse as Art Appreciation and Ancient Mesoamerican Art; and since 1995 has led students on International arts and cultures tours. Currently at work on The History of Craft, a survey of western and non-western ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood, Carol expects the book to be published in two years. She is also the author of several books on Tapestry Crochet including the latest, Beaded & Felted Tapestry Crochet (2006). 

Pursuing their dream of promoting peace through the education and understanding of inter-cultural arts and crafts was a passion shared by Carol and her husband Andrzej. Everything Carol has done throughout her life has led her to teach at TTU and to design and build her energy efficient home and studios. “I hope this house which includes ceramic, fiber, metalsmithing, woodworking and photography studios, will be a showcase for crafts and craft history and someday, a sustainable foundation that will support craft research, residencies and workshops.” (from The Fine Art of Crochet by Gwen Blakley Kinsler. At work on the house/studios since 2003, it is nearing completion and Carol’s achievement of her legacy!