Creative Crochet, Samantha’s Story: “I’d Make Dolls for Work!”

Samantha Luciani it was Samantha until she picked up some crochet hooks. Then, in the very year of Pandamia, it became Weather in Uncinucci handy: a stage name reminiscent of him, the ogre by Tom Thumb (“Ucci ucci, I smell Cristianucci!”). Thirty-nine, from Bologna, currently employed in a shop and blatantly projected to other horizons, decidedly more creative: “From comics to knitting, my skill and imagination have always emerged with great energy. Then, here in my house mom, an encyclopedia on crochet “appears”. And the omelette is ready. We are in 2019, a year that we will all remember well and that has become a crossroads for many. So meets Samatha / Uncinucci to the Japanese amigurumi technique, capable of giving three-dimensionality to the processing from the point of view of the “cute” object.

How did you get into crocheting?

“I’m starting from scratch. My parents have always creatively arranged to bring the bread home, I think this practical spirit has influenced me to always turn my artistic ambitions into something not very abstract and usable on a professional level. . And then I get lost in the abstract!I attended drawing and various craft tutorials until I found the one that makes me feel better about crocheting.I learned through old crochet encyclopedias and watched online tutorials.The beautiful on the web is something for everyone technical question, there is an exact answer online!’.

A passion that has become a profession?

“Not yet, but I’m working on it. Until 2020 I ran a B&B that I had to close due to a pandemic, then I immediately found a job as a saleswoman and since then I’ve been doing it to earn a living, although my nature certainly leaned more towards an autonomous, creative and craft work, I think that’s why crocheting entered my life in this semi-professional form out of a simple passion, I must also say that I like doing it. I navigate by eye and make decisions step by step, not I have clear ones Design visions, but if I ever need to make a qualitative leap I will be guided and advised by those who may be clearer on these matters than I am; i just want to make a lot of dolls at the moment! “.

Why do you like to crochet so much?

“The process of crocheting attracts me for several reasons, one of the main ones being that it requires very few and cheap tools, which is also what attracted me to the practice of drawing. The fact that anyone, anywhere and even with little means can apply for me in a certain discipline fascinates me, probably it has to do with the allergy to some snobbish circles and the class aspect of many artistic disciplines in which, to put it bluntly to say, almost only those who have the money show up, then I don’t. I like to take myself too seriously, so the ironic vein is always present in my things, which is why drawing used to lead me to comics, which have great potential for irony have, and now crochet into severed horse heads and pop figures When I learned to crochet, the imagery was often the only thing that bothered me kaiwaii of this practice, it was not mine at all, it was very natural to desecrate it with subjects that contrast the softness and delicacy of the finished object”.

How long does it take to create one of your characters?

“It takes a long time to make a doll, from 5 to even 20 hours depending on the subject and size. When I say that these people are surprised, it’s not cheap at all in terms of time and instead of moving away, that’s what excites me: the fact that I spend so much time on the things I create makes it possible for me , to build a relationship, to ask me lots of questions, to find new solutions to problems… basically to think! Thinking about technical problems in particular takes me away from a natural tendency to get lost in dark mental abstractions for a good bit of time.”

Yours are real portraits of more or less famous people: do you make them on request?

“Yes, I call them my puppets and to date I have reproduced Karl Marx, Alessandro Barbero, Ornella Vanoni, Maradona with cotton. To name just a few well-known names. The imagination knows no limits!”

What will your future creatures be? Anticipation?

“I have many puppets in the pipeline, the one I can’t wait to devote to is Michael Pollan, an American investigative author and journalist whose books have been so many little bibles to me. I thought about it for some time and finally maybe I found someone who commissioned me! Then Marina Abramovich also immortalized herself in the performance artist is presentor a series of ugly animals to make puccioso, then Antonio Gramsci, Amanda Lear, Marie Curie … in short I just have to find more time, I already know how to fill it! “.

Your favorite character among those you’ve already made?

“Of course Karl Marx! I made him in black and white, by the way, which to be honest is a bit strange…”.

How tall are you?

“The average size is about 25 centimetres, but I also make smaller things, like my keychains”

Let’s face it, crocheting is considered a grandma thing! How do you counter this prejudice?

“Yes, very true. But only until a few years ago! Also thanks to the amigurumi technique, which can be applied to many things, this prejudice about crocheting has been cleared through customs. Proof of my doilies that have become deconstructed messages !” .

how do you like yourself

“They are on social media, in the markets around Bologna and on some sales platforms.”

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