Mothers of Purl – Craft Happenings

Craft Happenings were evetns that provided a space for exchange of traditional craft skills, notions of function and the crafted art object. The Craft Happenings began as an event and performance platform for Mothers Of Purl, a knitting group started during my 2 year artist residency with Multi-story. The events aimed to bring the refugee and asylum seeker community and the wider local community together to make connections, share stories and skills through knitting, crochet and embroidery. Multi-story is Street Level Photowork‘s collaborative arts programme based in North Glasgow.

Mothers of Purl – Craft Happening #3 / Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

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Mothers of Purl – Craft Happening #2 Tron St. Mary’s Church, Red Road

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Mothers of Purl – Craft Happening #2 Tron St. Mary’s Church, Red Road

I consider these events live participatory performances that focus on the process of communication and making. There is often a live video feed projected elsewhere in the area, away from the knitters. Hands are filmed close-up, the projection thus showing giant knitting needles, hands and wool, the hands seemingly like an independent being with a distinct personality as the knitted piece grows and takes shape.

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Mothers of Purl – Craft Happening #1 / Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

There were three Craft Happenings between 2008-10:

Mothers Of Purl – Craft Happening #1

Mothers Of Purl – Craft Happening #3