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!
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017
CROSHARE TO PRESENT TRAWL, A PARTICIPATORY INSTALLATION CELEBRATING PORTSMOUTH’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SEA, AS PART OF PORTSMOUTH FESTIVITIES 2017
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.
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.
As we hold more Croshare sessions, I realise that the project is so much more than merely teaching and learning crochet skills. For the relatively brief duration of each session, we end up creating a small community of people. Often these people have never met before and their prior knowledge of crochet varies. Yet after a just a short time together, we find that we are sharing more than skills. Participants also share stories and life experiences. These are as varied as the crochet skills that they bring to the session. Holding the hook and yarn, participants relax and start to bond with each other.
Having trained to teach English as a second language, I am familiar with structured learning, and the typical relationships between a teacher and their students. I am familiar with the hierarchies present in most learning environments, and appropriate balances of formality and informality. These help, for the most part, create an appropriate environment in which learning and teaching, and all associated processes, take place. It’s interesting to have noted that all of this practically goes out the window when it comes to Croshare.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SATURDAY 04 JUNE 2016
CROSHARE – PARTICIPATORY ART AND CRAFT AT ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW 2016
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 Saturday 11 June as part of the nationwide programme of Antiuniversity Now 2016 events.
When someone asks me what kind of artist am I, I reply that I have a socially engaged practice. ‘What does that mean?’ Many ask with a confused look on their face. Most of my work can’t happen without some kind of engagement with one or more participants. Through my practice, I hope to facilitate dialogues between artist and participant, participant and participant, and artist, participant and the work. When one works in this socially engaged way, one never quite knows if an event is going to be successful. I try to say to myself, ‘that it is art and therefore cannot fail’. Yes, it is possible that an event might not turn out as I had hoped but it cannot ‘fail’. The worst that can happen is that no one turns up or that they don’t engage as I had hoped and so I learn and make adjustments for next time.
I love putting a hook and some yarn in the hands of a complete beginner. You can see this perfect balance of excitement and fear in their eyes as they wonder if they’ll ever be able to make something that resembles what they see in books or on the Internet. Picking up my own hook and yarn again for the second Croshare event since the project was conceived in 2013 made me feel as though I were learning how to be an artist again for the first time; I was excited and nervous in equal measure as each participant came through the door, and wondered what I would learn as I taught them how to crochet.
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.