Anna Hrachovec is a toy designer and artist living in Chicago.
With her knitted characters, animations, and installations, Anna takes familiar cultural touchstones - from everyday objects to classic cartoons to urban myths - and twists them around with a playfulness that evokes familiarity, mystery, and surprise. Her ever-expanding imaginary world, Mochimochi Land, is a squishy, interconnected realm of chaos whose mixture of humor and pathos reflects our own reality.
With her knitting website and pattern books, Anna has inspired knitters worldwide to build on her designs and create worlds of their own.
Her character-based art has been exhibited in the US, Germany, The Netherlands, Korea, and Japan.
My response to an overwhelming, imperfect world is to knit an overwhelming, imperfect world of my own with happier colors and a cuter cast of characters. Mochimochi Land, as this realm is known, has encompassed my life and work for the past eight years, emerging in numerous iterations through a variety of media, but always beginning with the repetitive process of hand knitting. I share my world via patterns with the knitting community, who support me financially and creatively—with the help of their many hands Mochimochi Land is evolving and expanding in ways that I can't always control. Central to my process is a balance between the precision of knitting and the messiness of experimentation—making plans and then ditching them for playtime.
For commercial inquiries, please contact CWC International.
You can also contact Anna at anna [at] annahrachovec [dot] com.
American Illustration 33 (Amilus Inc., 2015)
Pictoplasma—Character Portraits (Pictoplasma, 2014)
The Character Compendium (Pictoplasma, 2012)
UPCOMING: "The Gnome Genome Project," Everyday Mooonday, Seoul, May 23 - June 21, 2015
"WonderWomen" (group show), Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, January - February 2015
"White Monsters" (group show), Everyday Mooonday, Seoul, January 9 - February 22, 2015
"The Wooly Woods," smallspace gallery, Berlin, April 2013 [Pictoplasma Festival]
Laterna Magica film festival, Marseille, December 2012
"Luv-able + Hug-able" (group show), gallery hanahou, NYC, December 2011-January 2012
"Gnomes vs. Snowmen: The battle for Mochimochi Land," gallery hanahou, NYC, November 2011 [Pictoplasma Festival]
"Mochimochimochimochimochi," Lion Brand Yarn Studio, NYC, August-October 2011
"Mochimochi Worlds," smallspace gallery, Berlin, April 2011 [Pictoplasma Festival]
"Luv-able + Hug-able" (group show), gallery hanahou, NYC, December 2010-January 2011
"Greetings from Mochimochi," gallery hanahou, NYC, October 2010