The period just before and just after new year is a wonderful time to both look back on the accomplishments of the previous year, and to think about what may await you over the coming months. It’s a good way to make use of the peculiar ‘limbo’ between Christmas and the new year, during which time appears to stand still – but, that might just be a symptom of eating one too many mince pies. Who knows?
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.