Croshare – Participatory arts & crafts 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 and Research Associate with CCI, 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.

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