FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 06 APRIL 2016
CROSHARE – PARTICIPATORY ART AND CRAFT AT SITE FESTIVAL 2016
Part crochet workshop, part participatory art project, part good old-fashioned get together, Croshare comes to 13a Bedford Street, Stroud on Saturday 23 April as part of Site Festival 2016.
Croshare is a participatory art event in which knowledge of, and the basic skills for, crochet are passed on from the artists to participants in an exploration of the relationship between the master and the apprentice. Croshare has its roots in artist Sharon Bennett’s ‘Learning Project’: Sharon welcomed friends and family members to pass on knowledge and skills to her in an exploration this relationship. Sharon approached designer-maker Tom Jeram-West and asked him to teach her how to crochet as part of her project, a task to which he took enthusiastically in the hope of not only imparting his knowledge and skill, but also his passion for the craft.
Sharon has since become a keen crocheter, and Croshare was born from her suggestion to create a project as part of which the knowledge of, and skills and passion for, crochet she had acquired might be shared in larger, public settings; and one in which the performance of the acts of teaching and learning became art, echoing the ethos of her ‘Learning Project’.
At Site Festival 2016, Croshare participants will contribute to the creation of an artefact that evolves organically over the course of the day. Beginners learn new skills and the more experienced pass on knowledge; people meet for the first time and stories are shared. The final artefact will be a creation of many hands, representing the richness gained by the coming together of a community of experiences and circumstances. Plans for the final artefact following Site Festival 2016 will be revealed shortly.
Croshare also builds on the continuing trend for reviving fibre-based crafts such as crochet, knitting and embroidery outside the domestic sphere; Croshare instead situates crochet in a contemporary art practice framework in which, over the course of the Site Festival 2016 event, the acts of teaching and learning became art themselves.
To get involved, simply turn up at 13a Bedford Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AY between 11:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday 23 April 2016. Yarn, hooks and know-how will be supplied, so all you need to bring is a willingness to learn and share.
Use #icroshared on Twitter and Instagram to share your experiences of Croshare at Site Festival 2016, and visit the Croshare website at http://croshare.org to keep up to date with the latest news.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Croshare event at Site Festival 2016 will be held from 11:00-16:00 on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 13a Bedford Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AY between 11:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday 23 April 2016. Yarn, hooks and know-how will be supplied by the artists, and so all participants need to bring is a willingness to engage with the work of learning and sharing.
Site Festival is ‘a festival of artist-led projects in Stroud, Gloucestershire’ organised and facilitated by Stroud Valleys Artspace, whose mission is “to raise the profile of artists and their role in the community by supporting the production and presentation of their work, thereby increasing opportunities for access to and active participation in the arts for a diverse range of people.” For more information on Site Festival 2016, please visit http://www.sitefestival.org.uk/ For more information on Stroud Valleys Artspace, please visit http://www.sva.org.uk/
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Croshare is grateful for the support of The Bluestocking Wool Shop, Stroud, in enabling the event.
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
Croshare is a participatory art and craft practice its roots in artist Sharon Bennett’s ‘Learning Project’: Sharon welcomed friends and family members to pass on knowledge and skills to her in an exploration of the relationship between the master and the apprentice. Sharon approached designer-maker Tom Jeram-West and asked him to teach her how to crochet, a task to which he took enthusiastically in the hope of not only imparting his knowledge and skill, but also his passion for the craft.
Sharon Bennett is a participatory artist. Through a collaborative practice, she aims to act as a facilitator, creating opportunities for the artist, collaborators and audience to have a dialogue with one another and with the work. Sharon’s current work draws on the idea that we are all a reserve of accumulated knowledge that is inherited, passed on and shared across generations and between peers. By encouraging the sharing of knowledge, she explores and enhances the relationships around her alongside notions of generosity, the everyday and pedagogy.
Tom Jeram-West is a designer-maker specialising in fibre and textiles-related handcrafts. As well as simply making for the sheer pleasure of it, he enjoys exploring the complex relationships between materials and methods; decoration and function; the historical and the contemporary, and the cultural and the social, in the context of his specialism. Tom is a co-founder of the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium (http://portsconsort.com/), a volunteer community supporting and showcasing enterprise, knowledge, innovation and skill in artists, crafters, designers and makers from its local area.
For general information about Croshare at Site Festival 2016, including all enquiries relating to participation, please write to mail [at] croshare [dot] org.
For press and PR information about Croshare at Site Festival, including requests for interviews or to organise event coverage, please write to press [at] croshare [dot] org.