Instagram's king of wearable crochet art is launching his very first major solo exhibition.

Phil Ferguson, aka Chili Philly, is a Melbourne-based artist proving that crochet is not just for nannas. Creating wearable crochet art in the form of just about anything — from burgers to beer bottles, goon sacks to pea pods, tea bags to sushi rolls — Ferguson has become an Instagram wunderkind, clocking up a casual 140,000 followers to @chiliphilly in a flash.

Ferguson's cheeky craftwork is now the subject of a new exhibition at Australian Design Centre, titled Crochet Social. It's his first major solo exhibition and features his crochet art alongside the quirky and slightly awkward self-portraits that have gained him so much popularity on social media.

As part of the exhibition, ADC is also presenting a series of events and workshops to incite audiences to jump aboard the crochet bandwagon. There's a 'Cocktails and Crochet' night, a makers market, talks and panel discussions.

Images courtesy the artist. Installation images by Simon Cardwell.

Published on February 06, 2017 by Aobh O'Brien-Moody

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