Author Archives: Tom Jeram-West

A crocheted X and O for CROXARE

Croshare at XOXO@OXO, #TRIBE17 – Update

We’re excited to announce a slight change to Croshare’s participation in XOXO@OXO. Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible for us to conduct our original idea, making use of our crocheted Xs and Os to conduct our games of speed dating noughts and crosses; however, Croshare will still be there!

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A crocheted X and O for CROXARE

Croshare at XOXO@OXO, #TRIBE17

Croshare and Chrom-Art Logos

Please note that there has been an update to Croshare’s participation in this festival – for further details, click here.

Do you believe in true love? Are you handy with a crochet hook?
Then Croshare needs you!

CROXARE – Croshare at XOXO@OXO, #TRIBE17
Festival runs 11-15 October 2017
Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

CROXARE is currently scheduled for Saturday 14 September 2017, 12:00-15:00

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An image of Trawl, Croshare's installation for Portsmouth Festivities 2017, rolled and folded

Croshare Catch-up – August 2017

With only a couple of weeks to until the end of August, it feels a little peculiar to write a catch-up post now – but, if we don’t, we’ll not feel right. So, here we are – and, as we start to work on a new project as part of a festival this October (watch this space), we’re still thinking about Trawl, our installation at Aspex as part of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities.

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A close-up of a pile of crocheted and knitted starfish in various pastel shades

Croshare Catch-up – July 2017

You may have noticed that there was no Croshare Catch-up for June – that’s because it was a busy month that saw us conclude the practical part of our project for Portsmouth Festivities 2017, Trawl. During this time, the boundaries between ‘art’ being ‘something that we do’ and ‘artist’ being ‘who we are’ became blurred on occasion, something we’d intended to discuss last month in the run-up to the Trawl event. In a way, the ‘break’ between catch-up posts has allowed us to gain more experience on which to base a little discussion, as well as the opportunity to reflect on what we would have posted. So, on to a question we jotted down a few weeks ago.

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Portsmouth Festivities 2017 logo




Part crochet workshop, part participatory art project, part good old-fashioned get together, Croshare heads to Aspex, a contemporary gallery in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, on Sunday 18 June as part of the programme of events for the 18th annual Portsmouth Festivities.

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A close-up photograph of some crochet hooks in a glass jar

Croshare Catch-up – May 2017

What if no one likes it?
What if no one comes to see it?
What if I don’t manage to finish it?
What if I can’t realise my idea?
What if it just doesn’t go to plan?

Practically every artist asks themselves a question along those lines about practically every piece of work. It’s natural. It’s not only part of the creative process, but it’s human. And behind each of these questions is another – almost the same one, every time: What if I fail? Well… What if you do?

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Croshare at Portsmouth Festivities 2017

Croshare is proud to announce its participation in Portsmouth Festivities 2017. This Sunday 18 June at Aspex in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Croshare will welcome members of the public to Trawl: a fun, large and bright crochet installation celebrating Portsmouth’s long and proud relationship with the sea, as well as a reminder of our responsibility in caring for it. And, what’s more, from now until Portsmouth Festivities starts, you have the opportunity to make or give us something that will become part of this installation.

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A tree branch covered in pink blossom against a blue spring sky

Croshare Catch-up – April 2017

Croshare’s projects see us approaching individuals for their assistance in making these happen; we recognise that we need to be collaborative, adding others’ experience, expertise and resources to our own in order to achieve the results we want. Often, when we approach these people, we do so thinking of them in the terms of the one thing for which we need them, or the one thing we need them to do – and it can often come as a surprise that they are, do or have far more than this ‘one thing’.

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A close-up of a vase of yellow daffodils

Croshare Catch-up – March 2017

As an artist, you might feel pressured to be working constantly, to be productive constantly or to be ‘involved’ constantly. We’re told that those who enjoy the most success are the ones who are ‘out there and doing it’ every day of the year; it’s a simplistic and reductive view of art practice that often denies the value of an artist’s experiences outside the production and promotion of their work as contributors to the success of these, and can make those of us who aren’t full-time artists feel as though we’re ‘not proper artists’ or that we’re failing, or falling behind, in comparison with our peers.

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Balls of yarn in a basket

Croshare Catch-up – February 2017

As we begin working on this year’s Croshare projects, we experience of one of the things that pops up again and again: the generosity of people we’ve never before met. Over the last year, we’ve received gifts of advice, contacts, connections, networking, promotion, goods and services from a significant number of people, all given with one aim: helping us advance our artistic and artisanal practices to achieve our goals.

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