We are excited and honored to have Crochet Artist Nacinimod Deodee at our store Thursday, April 5th from 6-8pm. Nacinimod will be giving an Artist Talk "Hooked - The Anatomy of a Stitch". We first learned about Nacinimod during the NYC Yarn Crawl in 2017 when a picture of him and several of his pieces were posted on Instagram. An impromptu fashion show was held at a yarn shop in Brooklyn called Slip Stitch Needle Craft and the organizer of the NYC Yarn Crawl happened to be there at the right moment. We are so thankful that a picture was taken and posted on Instagram!
In awe of these amazing crochet jackets, we wanted to know more about the man behind the pieces. Who is he? Where is he from? What is he inspired by? We were beyond curious. We hope you can make it to see Nacinimod speak tonight to find out. In the meantime, here is an interview with him we did in February. Enjoy!
Brooklyn based Crochet Artist Nacinomod Deodee grew in up in Dominica, an island in the Caribbean Sea situated south-south east of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Dominica is also known as the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean."
Nacinomod explains: "Life in the Caribbean is craft driven. People are creative in all kinds of ways. You learn how to use your hands growing up. The vibe of the people is one of creative energy and natural ingenuity."
When we ask him how and when he was introduced to crochet, he recalls how his mother an aunt were always crocheting and how we was intrigued by it: "They would make doilies and really fine lace work. It was always in my direct vision. When I was 7 years old, I asked my mother to show me how to crochet. I remember sitting down on her bed an trying to do the chain stitch. But I got discouraged because the thread was so fine an the hook was very small."
It took about 12 years before Nacinimod took up the crochet hook again.
At 19 years old, while attending City College in NYC, Nacinimod picked up the hook again and started to create hats. A friend noticed his work and asked him if he was willing to create pieces for an artist in the music industry: Erykah Badu.
And just like that, young Nacinimod found himself creating crochet pieces for Erykah Badu and several other artists who were the "nucleus of the wave of Neo-Soul artists".
When we ask him what his work is influenced by he sums up: "Hip Hop music, the Dynamic Energy of NYC, Rootical Vibes and Island Vibes."
Nacinimod realized he needed a body of work and decided to forge alliances in the fashion world. His work has appeared at Caribbean Fashion Week, and Brooklyn Fashion Week. This is a great way to showcase his pieces as it is an artistic expression and presentation. Here are pictures of Brooklyn Fashion Week in 2017.
Nacinimod considers himself as a Crochet Artist and Garment Maker: "My pieces are sculpted. Art constructed into a garment. It happens simultaneously. I create in an artistic medium. What inspires me is the unconventional. Pushing the envelope musically and visually. I focus on what is not the norm."
On forming his garments he explains: "I have a mathematical mind.I lay everything out as a grid. First, you need to make the foundation with proper calculations. Then, I create my own stitch. I am constantly creating and re-arranging."
Recently, Nacinimod is making a conscious effort to connect with the Needle Craft and Yarn Community. As for what the future holds for him he replies: "With my work, I want to make an impacting change for the next generation. I want to influence change of thought. Evolution is a real aspect of our humanity. Needle craft is hands on and very tactile. It is healing and transformative. As as for other mediums than yarn, I want to create jewelry and metal work. I see potential in those mediums and want to utilize all across the board."
We really look forward to hearing Nacinimod speak. Hope you can make it tonight Thursday, April 5th, from 6-8pm.
Thank you for reading!
Follow Nacinomod on Instagram: @nassat_nation.