“Just be ready in case you fall in love with something.” | Shereen Evans talks combating agoraphobia through creativity

Tell us about the kind of crafts you do. How did you get into making yarn art?

I suffer from a few mental health issues and would fill my spare time with colouring in for hours and hours. One day I decided to try something new. I bought a few felting kits, sewing kits and some latch hook kits. I wasn’t great with the first two I kept pricking my fingers. But the latch hook felt very relaxing. So I bought a bunch of yarn and blank canvases and started making yarn art.

What inspired you to make art inspired by pop culture characters and stories?

I tend to stay inside a lot due to my diagnosed agoraphobia. And so I’ve spent a lot of time watching anime and playing video games. I can’t remember a time before that. It’s something I have truly grown up with. And doing fanart designs of these things feels natural.

How do you decide which franchises and figures to create art out of?

Honestly, sometimes I will plan to do something and even may print out a template. Then decide bugger it and do a completely different character freehand. It all is pretty random and dependent on what I feel like. So far I haven’t done my favourite characters. I feel I’m too worried I will ruin them or make them look awful.

What is your trick to turning detailed characters into your pixelated yarn art style?

Well this happens due to the limitations of the canvas. It is just loads of squares. So I have to try make it work. Though honestly I love the whole 8-bit look that it gives.

What are you excited about making next?

I’m excited about making my favourite characters. Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls and Bulbasaur from Pokémon.

What made you want to collaborate with a show like Blizzard?

Comedy is honestly something everyone needs in their life. And this company is there to help the smaller acts get out there which is pretty admirable. Who wouldn’t want to collaborate with that?

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to develop a creative hobby?

Prepare your wallet. I have spent so much money on wool warehouse and Hobbycraft. Honestly no skill is needed, just be ready in case you fall in love with something and throw all your money at it 

You can keep up with Shereen’s work by following her on Instagram.