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NCAA <3 Rosey Grier!

weirdvintage:

Former NFL player Rosey Grier liked needlepoint.  He wrote a book about it in 1973. (via Dangerous Minds)

(via kumotextiles)

Celebrating a Filipino day of Independence in Mabalacat&#8217;s art-haven BAYUNG MARDIKA!
The NCAA is most proud and humbled by a recent Net Works manifestation made possible by frequent collaborators the Office of Culture and Design. Two years ago, after the first Filipino Net Work was hung in Zamboanga City, Maria left a couple of nets behind for OCD&#8217;s Clara Balaguer to distribute along her travels.
Before you check out the lovely photos below, you MUST READ the backstory that Clara shared when she decided to volunteer at an arts festival held on the land that now accommodates Sama D&#8217;Laut. Sama D&#8217;Laut translates to &#8220;sea gypsies&#8221; and refers to an indigenous tribe of displaced refugees who had to flee the southern Mindanao region, where coincidentally our previous NCAA Net Work was hung.
Now, an oddly land-locked people, they keep some traditions and techniques alive despite discrimination from nearby villagers. In june, they were able to express community pride through an arts festival for which the OCD&#8217;s Kristian Henson designed this flyer:


Below is a photo posted by Mike Swift of Pinoy Hoops. Maria recalls the incredible hand-crafted hoops one could find around more rural areas of the Philippines. One similar to this if featured on the first spread of our NCAA Publication.


Unsure how the Sama D&#8217;Laut would react to a hand-made net work offering, Clara brought a bright red MOLTENi Net Work along with her. This one was made from mason twine, plastic bags, and yarn. Because the community did not have a basketball hoop, she went into the nearest town and fit the net to this lovely blue rim!!


And the community found a very resourceful solution, attaching the new rim to a repurposed palette/backboard&#8230;



But then, of course, there was the issue of the mast (seafaring terms, we&#8217;ll use here&#160;; ) In order to finish off the hoop and test this net out, the villagers decided to CUT DOWN A TREE on which to erect the other assembled pieces.


We were amazed to see this gorgeous totem sculpted by a team of determined ballers being put to good use. It&#8217;s hard to feel like our little plastic net deserved such a fuss but it&#8217;s evident that something very exciting and special happened that day. We are in awe of this strong, vibrant group of folks creating across the globe from us. We&#8217;re honored to have contributed the tiniest part of it. Typically Net Works attempts to fill a void, but in this circumstance, and in the truest form of art, something grand was created from nothing at all!


Below: Sama D&#8217;laut appropriate the MOLTEN logo in the true spirit of MOLTENi defiance. Mind Blown.

All photos courtesy of The Office of Culture and Design, Manila unless otherwise marked PinoyHoops!

Celebrating a Filipino day of Independence in Mabalacat’s art-haven BAYUNG MARDIKA!

The NCAA is most proud and humbled by a recent Net Works manifestation made possible by frequent collaborators the Office of Culture and Design. Two years ago, after the first Filipino Net Work was hung in Zamboanga City, Maria left a couple of nets behind for OCD’s Clara Balaguer to distribute along her travels.

Before you check out the lovely photos below, you MUST READ the backstory that Clara shared when she decided to volunteer at an arts festival held on the land that now accommodates Sama D’Laut. Sama D’Laut translates to “sea gypsies” and refers to an indigenous tribe of displaced refugees who had to flee the southern Mindanao region, where coincidentally our previous NCAA Net Work was hung.

Now, an oddly land-locked people, they keep some traditions and techniques alive despite discrimination from nearby villagers. In june, they were able to express community pride through an arts festival for which the OCD’s Kristian Henson designed this flyer:

Bayung Mardika flyer designed by the Office OCD, Manila

Below is a photo posted by Mike Swift of Pinoy Hoops. Maria recalls the incredible hand-crafted hoops one could find around more rural areas of the Philippines. One similar to this if featured on the first spread of our NCAA Publication.

Gorgeous hand-made hoop in the Philippines

Unsure how the Sama D’Laut would react to a hand-made net work offering, Clara brought a bright red MOLTENi Net Work along with her. This one was made from mason twine, plastic bags, and yarn. Because the community did not have a basketball hoop, she went into the nearest town and fit the net to this lovely blue rim!!

Sama D'laut woman attaching our Net Work to a hoop bought in the town

And the community found a very resourceful solution, attaching the new rim to a repurposed palette/backboard…

Hand-Made backboard built by Sama D'laut

Sama D'laut preparing to erect the hoop they built for our Net Work

But then, of course, there was the issue of the mast (seafaring terms, we’ll use here ; ) In order to finish off the hoop and test this net out, the villagers decided to CUT DOWN A TREE on which to erect the other assembled pieces.

Sama D'laut preparing to erect the hoop they built for our Net Work

We were amazed to see this gorgeous totem sculpted by a team of determined ballers being put to good use. It’s hard to feel like our little plastic net deserved such a fuss but it’s evident that something very exciting and special happened that day. We are in awe of this strong, vibrant group of folks creating across the globe from us. We’re honored to have contributed the tiniest part of it. Typically Net Works attempts to fill a void, but in this circumstance, and in the truest form of art, something grand was created from nothing at all!

Sama D'laut testing the hoop they just build for their Net Work!

Below: Sama D’laut appropriate the MOLTEN logo in the true spirit of MOLTENi defiance. Mind Blown.

Sama D'laut repping MOLTENi DIY spirit!

All photos courtesy of The Office of Culture and Design, Manila unless otherwise marked PinoyHoops!

We don&#8217;t mess around! New Craft Artists in Action installed two 16 ft pieces for the Joining Project on the Massave Bridge that connects Boston and Cambridge, MA. Expanding the idea of our project &#8220;Net Works&#8221; we chose to weave finger knit strands of yarn into construction netting, a material that&#8217;s become so ubiquitous in our rapidly developing cities. We ask that this changing climate support old and new spaces for art and community engagement rather than stifling true innovation and growth.


(above) The NCAA celebrates the inclusion of craftivism as a DIY public art movement akin to graffiti. Weaving school-spirit/notebook-style bubble letters, often seen in pieces from the 80&#8217;s we ask audiences to think about new forms of craft and activism.



(above: nick-named "Boston Loves Impressionism" aka &#8220;Crochet Monet&#8221;) On our second panel we decided to weave a representational sunset sea-scape recalling Boston&#8217;s appreciation for traditional painting movements such as impressionism. Many of the NCAA players, such as Andrea Evans, Maria Molteni and Samantha Fields are trained in traditional disciplines like painting and drawing. While notable collections in institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts inform aspects of our independent art practices, we&#8217;d like to push Boston beyond it&#8217;s conservative comfort zone, asking the city, its galleries and museums to support contemporary artists and collaborative efforts happening in our cities.

We don’t mess around! New Craft Artists in Action installed two 16 ft pieces for the Joining Project on the Massave Bridge that connects Boston and Cambridge, MA. Expanding the idea of our project “Net Works” we chose to weave finger knit strands of yarn into construction netting, a material that’s become so ubiquitous in our rapidly developing cities. We ask that this changing climate support old and new spaces for art and community engagement rather than stifling true innovation and growth.

NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

(above) The NCAA celebrates the inclusion of craftivism as a DIY public art movement akin to graffiti. Weaving school-spirit/notebook-style bubble letters, often seen in pieces from the 80’s we ask audiences to think about new forms of craft and activism.

NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

(above: nick-named "Boston Loves Impressionism" aka “Crochet Monet”) On our second panel we decided to weave a representational sunset sea-scape recalling Boston’s appreciation for traditional painting movements such as impressionism. Many of the NCAA players, such as Andrea EvansMaria Molteni and Samantha Fields are trained in traditional disciplines like painting and drawing. While notable collections in institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts inform aspects of our independent art practices, we’d like to push Boston beyond it’s conservative comfort zone, asking the city, its galleries and museums to support contemporary artists and collaborative efforts happening in our cities.

L1030564NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

NCAA was invited to participate in the Berlin/NYC based Art Pod&#8217;s exhibition Art Park in Soho, NYC. ArtPark, curated by Laurie De Chiara, was an exhibition and auction, conceived as a benefit project for PS 3: Charrette School.
A pop-up gallery space was filled with a range of artworks and installations encouraging exploration. The NCAA&#8217;s installation displayed Net Works by Samantha Fields, Andrea Evans, and Maria Molteni (as seen below):

Even the install process proved friendly to participants of all ages:


The NCAA hosted a Spirit Finger Knitting workshop on the final day of the show.

NCAA was invited to participate in the Berlin/NYC based Art Pod’s exhibition Art Park in Soho, NYC. ArtPark, curated by Laurie De Chiara, was an exhibition and auction, conceived as a benefit project for PS 3: Charrette School.

A pop-up gallery space was filled with a range of artworks and installations encouraging exploration. The NCAA’s installation displayed Net Works by Samantha Fields, Andrea Evans, and Maria Molteni (as seen below):

Even the install process proved friendly to participants of all ages:

The NCAA hosted a Spirit Finger Knitting workshop on the final day of the show.

For "Craftivists," Hoops Spring Eternal

Tactile and Tactical: January Term Visual Arts Intensive, Harvard University

In January, Maria Molteni and the NCAA were invited to teach a 5 day visual arts intensive at Arts @29 Garden as part of Harvard University’s January Term. NCAA Players Andrea Sherrill Evans and Taylor McVay each contributed visiting artist lectures and workshops. While we are not allowed to post photos of Harvard students, here are a couple of snaps of our cool space and some of the work that came out of the workshop. Read below for a class description that wove together craft, art history, city planning, and community engagement!

Tactile and Tactical : Craftivism Occupies the Hoops

The architecture of crochet. The philosophy behind a knit stitch. The influence of an American sport upon a world of marginalized urban communities. What may such conceptual vignettes share? Join Maria Molteni and the New Craft Artists in Action, a collective that crafts hand-made basketball nets for empty hoops across the globe, as they address cross-disciplinary practices and inquiries. We will investigate urban planning and recreation through the lense of Art and Craft, while cultivating a knowledge of modern philosophies in city planning and public space.

As we focus on opposing ideologies presented by Le Corbusier and Jane Jacobs in their respective texts Towards a New Architecture and Death and Life of Great American Cities we will embark on a tactile/tactical craftivist intervention, designing and constructing two basketball nets that emulate these schools of thought. After site visits to the Harvard’s Carpenter Center (the only US Le Corbusier) and the North End (Jacob’s ideal neighborhood), the fruits of our collaboration will be installed on empty hoops in the area and included in the upcoming Creative Time exhibition Living As Form. Ultimately we will address art-making as it may parallel the structured order of the Radiant City or organic diversity of an Urban Ecosystem.

We are excited to extend an invitation to tonight&#8217;s opening at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Harvard University, Quincy St. Cambridge) from 6-8pm. Curator Claire Grace has invited the New Craft Artists in Action and MANY other incredible artists to exhibit in Creative Time&#8217;s Nomadic Version of Living As Form. 

Check out our install and brand new collaborative net &#8220;Great White&#8221; fresh off the hook and needles. (backboard to floor: Maria Molteni, Samantha Fields, Taylor McVay, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Cara Kuball, Mallory Biggins, Lizzie Curran)


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

There will be many awesome workshops and lectures to catch before the show closes on April 6. Check the Carpenter Center&#8217;s website or the News and Events section of our blog for info if you&#8217;d like to attend our public workshops on March 11, 25, and 29. 


PUBLICATION UPDATE

And GREAT NEWS!! The NCAA Publication Net Works // Learn to Craft Hand-Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood is aaaalmost ready for print. We are just now binding off, so to speak, and tying up loose ends to a piece we&#8217;ve labored over for years with the help and expertise of the amazing Golden Arrows. You can flip through some sample pages on display at the Carpenter Center until the final book arrives!
We are excited to extend an invitation to tonight’s opening at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Harvard University, Quincy St. Cambridge) from 6-8pm. Curator Claire Grace has invited the New Craft Artists in Action and MANY other incredible artists to exhibit in Creative Time’s Nomadic Version of Living As Form
Check out our install and brand new collaborative net “Great White” fresh off the hook and needles. (backboard to floor: Maria Molteni, Samantha Fields, Taylor McVay, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Cara Kuball, Mallory Biggins, Lizzie Curran)
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
There will be many awesome workshops and lectures to catch before the show closes on April 6. Check the Carpenter Center’s website or the News and Events section of our blog for info if you’d like to attend our public workshops on March 11, 25, and 29
PUBLICATION UPDATE
And GREAT NEWS!! The NCAA Publication Net Works // Learn to Craft Hand-Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood is aaaalmost ready for print. We are just now binding off, so to speak, and tying up loose ends to a piece we’ve labored over for years with the help and expertise of the amazing Golden Arrows. You can flip through some sample pages on display at the Carpenter Center until the final book arrives!
The New Craft Artists in Action are proud to announce that our kickstarter campaign has come to a close and we exceeded our goal! At $11,457 we should be able to print the book just as we&#8217;d dreamed- including full color spreads and fluorescent spot colors!! We are SO grateful to our friends and collaborators who stepped up to support us. The NCAA is now 220 stronger!
And the good news keeps rolling in! We&#8217;re pleased to have received some nice press by way of ARTnews and Beautiful/Decay
A lovely image of Samantha Fields&#8217; &#8221;Big Pink&#8221; was included along with our project in Art Lovers&#8217; Crowd Funding Gift Guide via ARTnews

and a couple of Maria&#8217;s MOLTENi Net Works- &#8220;Wormhole&#8221; (main photo of this post) and her UCLA Net (installed upon a backboard built by Chris Burden)- were pictured along with NCAA Player Andrea Evans&#8217; featurein Olek and Four Other Artists Redefine Fiber Art


Andrea Sherrill Evans performs &#8220;Transplant&#8221;

The New Craft Artists in Action are proud to announce that our kickstarter campaign has come to a close and we exceeded our goal! At $11,457 we should be able to print the book just as we’d dreamed- including full color spreads and fluorescent spot colors!! We are SO grateful to our friends and collaborators who stepped up to support us. The NCAA is now 220 stronger!

And the good news keeps rolling in! We’re pleased to have received some nice press by way of ARTnews and Beautiful/Decay

A lovely image of Samantha Fields’ Big Pink” was included along with our project in Art Lovers’ Crowd Funding Gift Guide via ARTnews

and a couple of Maria’s MOLTENi Net Works- “Wormhole” (main photo of this post) and her UCLA Net (installed upon a backboard built by Chris Burden)- were pictured along with NCAA Player Andrea Evans’ featurein Olek and Four Other Artists Redefine Fiber Art

Andrea Sherrill Evans performs “Transplant”

LAST CALL NCAA FANS!  5 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK AND SUPPORT THE NEW CRAFT ARTISTS IN ACTION. OUR KICKSTARTER CLOSES DEC 9 AT 10PM.
We are pleased to share the news that we have reached our kickstarter goal, but the game only heats up in overtime! Pardon the switch hitting, but let&#8217;s compare this to running through first base or flicking the wrist on a free throw. We&#8217;ve achieved the bare minimum needed to print our 100+ page knit/crochet/bball instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Nets for Basketball Hoops in Your Neighborhood, but we aren&#8217;t stopping here.
There is a hefty tax on printing costs and much to be done to achieve ambitious future plans. In the 3 years we&#8217;ve been in action, we&#8217;ve worked for free and payed for most supplies out of pocket. We need all the funds we can get for a leg up on very concrete next steps and programming. Take this opportunity to pre-order your book, commission your own original MOLTENi Net Work, earn a hand-made NCAA Jersey, and more. If you don&#8217;t have the funds right now, share our kickstarter video around! Below is a stunning line-up of Net Works-past to entice you&#160;; )
Reblog! Retweet! (@YarnOverTime) Rally and Cheer! Thanks and &lt;3 from the NCAA

Made in collaboration with the Cushing House boys, Boston, MA

Abandoned Bartlett Bus Yard, Roxbury, MA

Installed with Kevin Clancy in Pittsburgh, PA

Installed with students of Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City, Philippines

Installed by Portable Utopia in Troyeville, Johannesburg, South Africa


Samantha Fields&#8217; Big Pink Net Work, South End, Boston

LAST CALL NCAA FANS!  5 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK AND SUPPORT THE NEW CRAFT ARTISTS IN ACTION. OUR KICKSTARTER CLOSES DEC 9 AT 10PM.

We are pleased to share the news that we have reached our kickstarter goal, but the game only heats up in overtime! Pardon the switch hitting, but let’s compare this to running through first base or flicking the wrist on a free throw. We’ve achieved the bare minimum needed to print our 100+ page knit/crochet/bball instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Nets for Basketball Hoops in Your Neighborhood, but we aren’t stopping here.

There is a hefty tax on printing costs and much to be done to achieve ambitious future plans. In the 3 years we’ve been in action, we’ve worked for free and payed for most supplies out of pocket. We need all the funds we can get for a leg up on very concrete next steps and programming. Take this opportunity to pre-order your book, commission your own original MOLTENi Net Work, earn a hand-made NCAA Jersey, and more. If you don’t have the funds right now, share our kickstarter video around! Below is a stunning line-up of Net Works-past to entice you ; )

Reblog! Retweet! (@YarnOverTime) Rally and Cheer! Thanks and <3 from the NCAA

Cushing House Boys' Group

Made in collaboration with the Cushing House boys, Boston, MA

Maria installs her Ombre Net Work @ Barlett Yards

Abandoned Bartlett Bus Yard, Roxbury, MA

Allegheny Common, Pittsburgh

Installed with Kevin Clancy in Pittsburgh, PA

MOLTENi Net Work, Zamboanga City, Philippines, Western Mindanao State University

Installed with students of Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City, Philippines

Net Works Troyeville, Johannesburgh

Installed by Portable Utopia in Troyeville, Johannesburg, South Africa

Untitled

Samantha Fields’ Big Pink Net Work, South End, Boston




The New Craft Artists in Action are SO CLOSE to our kickstarter goal. Please help us spread the word so we can teach people how to make basketball nets all over the world. 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404838223/new-craft-artists-in-action-net-works-instruction
As I peruse old Net Works photos (upon request from ARTnews! Keep your eyes peeled) I&#8217;ve come across some great images of Artists in Action. The NCAA employs many types of skillsets and it&#8217;s fun to see the different styles that come out of the  DIY process, however carefully orchestrated or on-the-fly, anonymous or spectacular. Here are some great scenarios&#8230;
SCALING THE HOOP
Alexander Hage&#8217;s covert operation, Net Works New Orleans
Maria saddles up at the abandoned Bartlett Bus Yard, Roxbury, MA
      
WMSU Students steady the pole as Maria climbs to the hoop, Zamboanga City, Philippines
HUMAN LADDER
(cheerleaders would be great at this)
Siri Gossman supports Maria, Net Works Detroit!
ACTUAL LADDER (possibly more practical)
Andrea Evans and Samantha Fields install at South End Open Studios
BELT IT
Anna Rochinski traveled across the country with a hoop installing it and the net in the least likely of places!
Anna Fox Rochinski in the woods of Virginia
Anna Fox Rochinski&#8217;s Net Work in an abandoned parking lot
ASK FOR PERMISSION!
Woah, who&#8217;d have thought?&#160;: ) Katy Cowan and Emily Green chose a very respectable approach, snail mailing the town clerk of Steuben and formally offering the net as a public work to the residents! 
Letter to Steuben
The TEAM! Assembled by Katy Cowan and Emily Green during the artist residency at ACRE!
We are so close to our goal friends! I thought I&#8217;d offer a bit of entertainment and just remind everyone to SPREAD THE WORD!!! We need all the funds we can get and have big plans for the future!
Much love,
The New Craft Artists in Action

The New Craft Artists in Action are SO CLOSE to our kickstarter goal. Please help us spread the word so we can teach people how to make basketball nets all over the world. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404838223/new-craft-artists-in-action-net-works-instruction

As I peruse old Net Works photos (upon request from ARTnews! Keep your eyes peeled) I’ve come across some great images of Artists in Action. The NCAA employs many types of skillsets and it’s fun to see the different styles that come out of the  DIY process, however carefully orchestrated or on-the-fly, anonymous or spectacular. Here are some great scenarios…

SCALING THE HOOP

      

HUMAN LADDER

(cheerleaders would be great at this)

ACTUAL LADDER (possibly more practical)

BELT IT

Anna Rochinski traveled across the country with a hoop installing it and the net in the least likely of places!

Anna Fox Rochinski in the woods of VirginiaAnna Fox Rochinski in the woods of Virginia
Anna Fox Rochinski's Net Work in an abandoned parking lotAnna Fox Rochinski’s Net Work in an abandoned parking lot

ASK FOR PERMISSION!

Woah, who’d have thought? : ) Katy Cowan and Emily Green chose a very respectable approach, snail mailing the town clerk of Steuben and formally offering the net as a public work to the residents! 

We are so close to our goal friends! I thought I’d offer a bit of entertainment and just remind everyone to SPREAD THE WORD!!! We need all the funds we can get and have big plans for the future!

Much love,

The New Craft Artists in Action

At just $10 away from the halfway point on our Kickstarter Campaign to print the NCAA&#8217;s knit and crochet instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood, we thought we&#8217;d share a sneak peek at some of the pages in the book! These are in no particular order and keep in mind, we are planning to print the light OJ/pink color in fluorescent Orange! So psyched! Share our project with your friends so we may meet or even exceed our goal! 

At just $10 away from the halfway point on our Kickstarter Campaign to print the NCAA’s knit and crochet instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood, we thought we’d share a sneak peek at some of the pages in the book! These are in no particular order and keep in mind, we are planning to print the light OJ/pink color in fluorescent Orange! So psyched! Share our project with your friends so we may meet or even exceed our goal! 

Taylor McVay's Shirt Into Net

Samantha Field's Big Pink

Mallory Biggins Pom Pom Net

Diamond in the Rough by Andrea Sherrill Evans

Pat Falco's Final Four Drawings

Nets like this one have lasted an entire year! Learn how to make your own and support the NCAA&#8217;s craft manual on Kickstar

 




Testing the Net with the Mondragon Bros @ UCLA from Maria Molteni on Vimeo.
On a trip to Los Angeles we installed a new net with the help of the Mondragon brothers Josh and Nathan. You could call it a collabo of sorts with Chris Burden as he created the backboard at UCLA years ago. This is the hoop my buddies who are in grad school shoot on while taking breaks at their studios. The shape was fitting in a town of drivers as the court also served as their parking lot. The long, cozy net self-rebounded and/or dropped the ball straight underneath keeping cars in the clear when a basket was made. Josh was good sport for playing pickup in his suit after work&#160;: ) (video credit- Nathan Mondragon)

Nets like this one have lasted an entire year! Learn how to make your own and support the NCAA’s craft manual on Kickstar

Testing the Net with the Mondragon Bros @ UCLA from Maria Molteni on Vimeo.

On a trip to Los Angeles we installed a new net with the help of the Mondragon brothers Josh and Nathan. You could call it a collabo of sorts with Chris Burden as he created the backboard at UCLA years ago. This is the hoop my buddies who are in grad school shoot on while taking breaks at their studios. The shape was fitting in a town of drivers as the court also served as their parking lot. The long, cozy net self-rebounded and/or dropped the ball straight underneath keeping cars in the clear when a basket was made. Josh was good sport for playing pickup in his suit after work : ) (video credit- Nathan Mondragon)

Net Work @ UCLA installed on Chris Burden backboard

Net Work UCLA install 2

Los Angeles

(Source: molteninetworks)

Air Sumo tests the first MOLTENi NET WORK. from Maria Molteni on Vimeo.

The New Craft Artists in Action would like to wish you all a Happy Halloween as we look back to our very first Net Work installation. Dressed as an inflatable sumo wrestler on Halloween Day 2010 “Air Jordan Sumo” takes the court.

Support our Kickstarter! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404838223/new-craft-artists-in-action-net-works-instruction

NCAA <3 Rosey Grier!

weirdvintage:

Former NFL player Rosey Grier liked needlepoint.  He wrote a book about it in 1973. (via Dangerous Minds)

(via kumotextiles)

Celebrating a Filipino day of Independence in Mabalacat&#8217;s art-haven BAYUNG MARDIKA!
The NCAA is most proud and humbled by a recent Net Works manifestation made possible by frequent collaborators the Office of Culture and Design. Two years ago, after the first Filipino Net Work was hung in Zamboanga City, Maria left a couple of nets behind for OCD&#8217;s Clara Balaguer to distribute along her travels.
Before you check out the lovely photos below, you MUST READ the backstory that Clara shared when she decided to volunteer at an arts festival held on the land that now accommodates Sama D&#8217;Laut. Sama D&#8217;Laut translates to &#8220;sea gypsies&#8221; and refers to an indigenous tribe of displaced refugees who had to flee the southern Mindanao region, where coincidentally our previous NCAA Net Work was hung.
Now, an oddly land-locked people, they keep some traditions and techniques alive despite discrimination from nearby villagers. In june, they were able to express community pride through an arts festival for which the OCD&#8217;s Kristian Henson designed this flyer:


Below is a photo posted by Mike Swift of Pinoy Hoops. Maria recalls the incredible hand-crafted hoops one could find around more rural areas of the Philippines. One similar to this if featured on the first spread of our NCAA Publication.


Unsure how the Sama D&#8217;Laut would react to a hand-made net work offering, Clara brought a bright red MOLTENi Net Work along with her. This one was made from mason twine, plastic bags, and yarn. Because the community did not have a basketball hoop, she went into the nearest town and fit the net to this lovely blue rim!!


And the community found a very resourceful solution, attaching the new rim to a repurposed palette/backboard&#8230;



But then, of course, there was the issue of the mast (seafaring terms, we&#8217;ll use here&#160;; ) In order to finish off the hoop and test this net out, the villagers decided to CUT DOWN A TREE on which to erect the other assembled pieces.


We were amazed to see this gorgeous totem sculpted by a team of determined ballers being put to good use. It&#8217;s hard to feel like our little plastic net deserved such a fuss but it&#8217;s evident that something very exciting and special happened that day. We are in awe of this strong, vibrant group of folks creating across the globe from us. We&#8217;re honored to have contributed the tiniest part of it. Typically Net Works attempts to fill a void, but in this circumstance, and in the truest form of art, something grand was created from nothing at all!


Below: Sama D&#8217;laut appropriate the MOLTEN logo in the true spirit of MOLTENi defiance. Mind Blown.

All photos courtesy of The Office of Culture and Design, Manila unless otherwise marked PinoyHoops!

Celebrating a Filipino day of Independence in Mabalacat’s art-haven BAYUNG MARDIKA!

The NCAA is most proud and humbled by a recent Net Works manifestation made possible by frequent collaborators the Office of Culture and Design. Two years ago, after the first Filipino Net Work was hung in Zamboanga City, Maria left a couple of nets behind for OCD’s Clara Balaguer to distribute along her travels.

Before you check out the lovely photos below, you MUST READ the backstory that Clara shared when she decided to volunteer at an arts festival held on the land that now accommodates Sama D’Laut. Sama D’Laut translates to “sea gypsies” and refers to an indigenous tribe of displaced refugees who had to flee the southern Mindanao region, where coincidentally our previous NCAA Net Work was hung.

Now, an oddly land-locked people, they keep some traditions and techniques alive despite discrimination from nearby villagers. In june, they were able to express community pride through an arts festival for which the OCD’s Kristian Henson designed this flyer:

Bayung Mardika flyer designed by the Office OCD, Manila

Below is a photo posted by Mike Swift of Pinoy Hoops. Maria recalls the incredible hand-crafted hoops one could find around more rural areas of the Philippines. One similar to this if featured on the first spread of our NCAA Publication.

Gorgeous hand-made hoop in the Philippines

Unsure how the Sama D’Laut would react to a hand-made net work offering, Clara brought a bright red MOLTENi Net Work along with her. This one was made from mason twine, plastic bags, and yarn. Because the community did not have a basketball hoop, she went into the nearest town and fit the net to this lovely blue rim!!

Sama D'laut woman attaching our Net Work to a hoop bought in the town

And the community found a very resourceful solution, attaching the new rim to a repurposed palette/backboard…

Hand-Made backboard built by Sama D'laut

Sama D'laut preparing to erect the hoop they built for our Net Work

But then, of course, there was the issue of the mast (seafaring terms, we’ll use here ; ) In order to finish off the hoop and test this net out, the villagers decided to CUT DOWN A TREE on which to erect the other assembled pieces.

Sama D'laut preparing to erect the hoop they built for our Net Work

We were amazed to see this gorgeous totem sculpted by a team of determined ballers being put to good use. It’s hard to feel like our little plastic net deserved such a fuss but it’s evident that something very exciting and special happened that day. We are in awe of this strong, vibrant group of folks creating across the globe from us. We’re honored to have contributed the tiniest part of it. Typically Net Works attempts to fill a void, but in this circumstance, and in the truest form of art, something grand was created from nothing at all!

Sama D'laut testing the hoop they just build for their Net Work!

Below: Sama D’laut appropriate the MOLTEN logo in the true spirit of MOLTENi defiance. Mind Blown.

Sama D'laut repping MOLTENi DIY spirit!

All photos courtesy of The Office of Culture and Design, Manila unless otherwise marked PinoyHoops!

We don&#8217;t mess around! New Craft Artists in Action installed two 16 ft pieces for the Joining Project on the Massave Bridge that connects Boston and Cambridge, MA. Expanding the idea of our project &#8220;Net Works&#8221; we chose to weave finger knit strands of yarn into construction netting, a material that&#8217;s become so ubiquitous in our rapidly developing cities. We ask that this changing climate support old and new spaces for art and community engagement rather than stifling true innovation and growth.


(above) The NCAA celebrates the inclusion of craftivism as a DIY public art movement akin to graffiti. Weaving school-spirit/notebook-style bubble letters, often seen in pieces from the 80&#8217;s we ask audiences to think about new forms of craft and activism.



(above: nick-named "Boston Loves Impressionism" aka &#8220;Crochet Monet&#8221;) On our second panel we decided to weave a representational sunset sea-scape recalling Boston&#8217;s appreciation for traditional painting movements such as impressionism. Many of the NCAA players, such as Andrea Evans, Maria Molteni and Samantha Fields are trained in traditional disciplines like painting and drawing. While notable collections in institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts inform aspects of our independent art practices, we&#8217;d like to push Boston beyond it&#8217;s conservative comfort zone, asking the city, its galleries and museums to support contemporary artists and collaborative efforts happening in our cities.

We don’t mess around! New Craft Artists in Action installed two 16 ft pieces for the Joining Project on the Massave Bridge that connects Boston and Cambridge, MA. Expanding the idea of our project “Net Works” we chose to weave finger knit strands of yarn into construction netting, a material that’s become so ubiquitous in our rapidly developing cities. We ask that this changing climate support old and new spaces for art and community engagement rather than stifling true innovation and growth.

NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

(above) The NCAA celebrates the inclusion of craftivism as a DIY public art movement akin to graffiti. Weaving school-spirit/notebook-style bubble letters, often seen in pieces from the 80’s we ask audiences to think about new forms of craft and activism.

NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

(above: nick-named "Boston Loves Impressionism" aka “Crochet Monet”) On our second panel we decided to weave a representational sunset sea-scape recalling Boston’s appreciation for traditional painting movements such as impressionism. Many of the NCAA players, such as Andrea EvansMaria Molteni and Samantha Fields are trained in traditional disciplines like painting and drawing. While notable collections in institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts inform aspects of our independent art practices, we’d like to push Boston beyond it’s conservative comfort zone, asking the city, its galleries and museums to support contemporary artists and collaborative efforts happening in our cities.

L1030564NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

NCAA's Construction Net Works for the Joining Project

NCAA was invited to participate in the Berlin/NYC based Art Pod&#8217;s exhibition Art Park in Soho, NYC. ArtPark, curated by Laurie De Chiara, was an exhibition and auction, conceived as a benefit project for PS 3: Charrette School.
A pop-up gallery space was filled with a range of artworks and installations encouraging exploration. The NCAA&#8217;s installation displayed Net Works by Samantha Fields, Andrea Evans, and Maria Molteni (as seen below):

Even the install process proved friendly to participants of all ages:


The NCAA hosted a Spirit Finger Knitting workshop on the final day of the show.

NCAA was invited to participate in the Berlin/NYC based Art Pod’s exhibition Art Park in Soho, NYC. ArtPark, curated by Laurie De Chiara, was an exhibition and auction, conceived as a benefit project for PS 3: Charrette School.

A pop-up gallery space was filled with a range of artworks and installations encouraging exploration. The NCAA’s installation displayed Net Works by Samantha Fields, Andrea Evans, and Maria Molteni (as seen below):

Even the install process proved friendly to participants of all ages:

The NCAA hosted a Spirit Finger Knitting workshop on the final day of the show.

For "Craftivists," Hoops Spring Eternal

Tactile and Tactical: January Term Visual Arts Intensive, Harvard University

In January, Maria Molteni and the NCAA were invited to teach a 5 day visual arts intensive at Arts @29 Garden as part of Harvard University’s January Term. NCAA Players Andrea Sherrill Evans and Taylor McVay each contributed visiting artist lectures and workshops. While we are not allowed to post photos of Harvard students, here are a couple of snaps of our cool space and some of the work that came out of the workshop. Read below for a class description that wove together craft, art history, city planning, and community engagement!

Tactile and Tactical : Craftivism Occupies the Hoops

The architecture of crochet. The philosophy behind a knit stitch. The influence of an American sport upon a world of marginalized urban communities. What may such conceptual vignettes share? Join Maria Molteni and the New Craft Artists in Action, a collective that crafts hand-made basketball nets for empty hoops across the globe, as they address cross-disciplinary practices and inquiries. We will investigate urban planning and recreation through the lense of Art and Craft, while cultivating a knowledge of modern philosophies in city planning and public space.

As we focus on opposing ideologies presented by Le Corbusier and Jane Jacobs in their respective texts Towards a New Architecture and Death and Life of Great American Cities we will embark on a tactile/tactical craftivist intervention, designing and constructing two basketball nets that emulate these schools of thought. After site visits to the Harvard’s Carpenter Center (the only US Le Corbusier) and the North End (Jacob’s ideal neighborhood), the fruits of our collaboration will be installed on empty hoops in the area and included in the upcoming Creative Time exhibition Living As Form. Ultimately we will address art-making as it may parallel the structured order of the Radiant City or organic diversity of an Urban Ecosystem.

We are excited to extend an invitation to tonight&#8217;s opening at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Harvard University, Quincy St. Cambridge) from 6-8pm. Curator Claire Grace has invited the New Craft Artists in Action and MANY other incredible artists to exhibit in Creative Time&#8217;s Nomadic Version of Living As Form. 

Check out our install and brand new collaborative net &#8220;Great White&#8221; fresh off the hook and needles. (backboard to floor: Maria Molteni, Samantha Fields, Taylor McVay, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Cara Kuball, Mallory Biggins, Lizzie Curran)


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

There will be many awesome workshops and lectures to catch before the show closes on April 6. Check the Carpenter Center&#8217;s website or the News and Events section of our blog for info if you&#8217;d like to attend our public workshops on March 11, 25, and 29. 


PUBLICATION UPDATE

And GREAT NEWS!! The NCAA Publication Net Works // Learn to Craft Hand-Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood is aaaalmost ready for print. We are just now binding off, so to speak, and tying up loose ends to a piece we&#8217;ve labored over for years with the help and expertise of the amazing Golden Arrows. You can flip through some sample pages on display at the Carpenter Center until the final book arrives!
We are excited to extend an invitation to tonight’s opening at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Harvard University, Quincy St. Cambridge) from 6-8pm. Curator Claire Grace has invited the New Craft Artists in Action and MANY other incredible artists to exhibit in Creative Time’s Nomadic Version of Living As Form
Check out our install and brand new collaborative net “Great White” fresh off the hook and needles. (backboard to floor: Maria Molteni, Samantha Fields, Taylor McVay, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Cara Kuball, Mallory Biggins, Lizzie Curran)
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
There will be many awesome workshops and lectures to catch before the show closes on April 6. Check the Carpenter Center’s website or the News and Events section of our blog for info if you’d like to attend our public workshops on March 11, 25, and 29
PUBLICATION UPDATE
And GREAT NEWS!! The NCAA Publication Net Works // Learn to Craft Hand-Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood is aaaalmost ready for print. We are just now binding off, so to speak, and tying up loose ends to a piece we’ve labored over for years with the help and expertise of the amazing Golden Arrows. You can flip through some sample pages on display at the Carpenter Center until the final book arrives!
The New Craft Artists in Action are proud to announce that our kickstarter campaign has come to a close and we exceeded our goal! At $11,457 we should be able to print the book just as we&#8217;d dreamed- including full color spreads and fluorescent spot colors!! We are SO grateful to our friends and collaborators who stepped up to support us. The NCAA is now 220 stronger!
And the good news keeps rolling in! We&#8217;re pleased to have received some nice press by way of ARTnews and Beautiful/Decay
A lovely image of Samantha Fields&#8217; &#8221;Big Pink&#8221; was included along with our project in Art Lovers&#8217; Crowd Funding Gift Guide via ARTnews

and a couple of Maria&#8217;s MOLTENi Net Works- &#8220;Wormhole&#8221; (main photo of this post) and her UCLA Net (installed upon a backboard built by Chris Burden)- were pictured along with NCAA Player Andrea Evans&#8217; featurein Olek and Four Other Artists Redefine Fiber Art


Andrea Sherrill Evans performs &#8220;Transplant&#8221;

The New Craft Artists in Action are proud to announce that our kickstarter campaign has come to a close and we exceeded our goal! At $11,457 we should be able to print the book just as we’d dreamed- including full color spreads and fluorescent spot colors!! We are SO grateful to our friends and collaborators who stepped up to support us. The NCAA is now 220 stronger!

And the good news keeps rolling in! We’re pleased to have received some nice press by way of ARTnews and Beautiful/Decay

A lovely image of Samantha Fields’ Big Pink” was included along with our project in Art Lovers’ Crowd Funding Gift Guide via ARTnews

and a couple of Maria’s MOLTENi Net Works- “Wormhole” (main photo of this post) and her UCLA Net (installed upon a backboard built by Chris Burden)- were pictured along with NCAA Player Andrea Evans’ featurein Olek and Four Other Artists Redefine Fiber Art

Andrea Sherrill Evans performs “Transplant”

LAST CALL NCAA FANS!  5 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK AND SUPPORT THE NEW CRAFT ARTISTS IN ACTION. OUR KICKSTARTER CLOSES DEC 9 AT 10PM.
We are pleased to share the news that we have reached our kickstarter goal, but the game only heats up in overtime! Pardon the switch hitting, but let&#8217;s compare this to running through first base or flicking the wrist on a free throw. We&#8217;ve achieved the bare minimum needed to print our 100+ page knit/crochet/bball instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Nets for Basketball Hoops in Your Neighborhood, but we aren&#8217;t stopping here.
There is a hefty tax on printing costs and much to be done to achieve ambitious future plans. In the 3 years we&#8217;ve been in action, we&#8217;ve worked for free and payed for most supplies out of pocket. We need all the funds we can get for a leg up on very concrete next steps and programming. Take this opportunity to pre-order your book, commission your own original MOLTENi Net Work, earn a hand-made NCAA Jersey, and more. If you don&#8217;t have the funds right now, share our kickstarter video around! Below is a stunning line-up of Net Works-past to entice you&#160;; )
Reblog! Retweet! (@YarnOverTime) Rally and Cheer! Thanks and &lt;3 from the NCAA

Made in collaboration with the Cushing House boys, Boston, MA

Abandoned Bartlett Bus Yard, Roxbury, MA

Installed with Kevin Clancy in Pittsburgh, PA

Installed with students of Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City, Philippines

Installed by Portable Utopia in Troyeville, Johannesburg, South Africa


Samantha Fields&#8217; Big Pink Net Work, South End, Boston

LAST CALL NCAA FANS!  5 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK AND SUPPORT THE NEW CRAFT ARTISTS IN ACTION. OUR KICKSTARTER CLOSES DEC 9 AT 10PM.

We are pleased to share the news that we have reached our kickstarter goal, but the game only heats up in overtime! Pardon the switch hitting, but let’s compare this to running through first base or flicking the wrist on a free throw. We’ve achieved the bare minimum needed to print our 100+ page knit/crochet/bball instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Nets for Basketball Hoops in Your Neighborhood, but we aren’t stopping here.

There is a hefty tax on printing costs and much to be done to achieve ambitious future plans. In the 3 years we’ve been in action, we’ve worked for free and payed for most supplies out of pocket. We need all the funds we can get for a leg up on very concrete next steps and programming. Take this opportunity to pre-order your book, commission your own original MOLTENi Net Work, earn a hand-made NCAA Jersey, and more. If you don’t have the funds right now, share our kickstarter video around! Below is a stunning line-up of Net Works-past to entice you ; )

Reblog! Retweet! (@YarnOverTime) Rally and Cheer! Thanks and <3 from the NCAA

Cushing House Boys' Group

Made in collaboration with the Cushing House boys, Boston, MA

Maria installs her Ombre Net Work @ Barlett Yards

Abandoned Bartlett Bus Yard, Roxbury, MA

Allegheny Common, Pittsburgh

Installed with Kevin Clancy in Pittsburgh, PA

MOLTENi Net Work, Zamboanga City, Philippines, Western Mindanao State University

Installed with students of Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City, Philippines

Net Works Troyeville, Johannesburgh

Installed by Portable Utopia in Troyeville, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Samantha Fields’ Big Pink Net Work, South End, Boston




The New Craft Artists in Action are SO CLOSE to our kickstarter goal. Please help us spread the word so we can teach people how to make basketball nets all over the world. 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404838223/new-craft-artists-in-action-net-works-instruction
As I peruse old Net Works photos (upon request from ARTnews! Keep your eyes peeled) I&#8217;ve come across some great images of Artists in Action. The NCAA employs many types of skillsets and it&#8217;s fun to see the different styles that come out of the  DIY process, however carefully orchestrated or on-the-fly, anonymous or spectacular. Here are some great scenarios&#8230;
SCALING THE HOOP
Alexander Hage&#8217;s covert operation, Net Works New Orleans
Maria saddles up at the abandoned Bartlett Bus Yard, Roxbury, MA
      
WMSU Students steady the pole as Maria climbs to the hoop, Zamboanga City, Philippines
HUMAN LADDER
(cheerleaders would be great at this)
Siri Gossman supports Maria, Net Works Detroit!
ACTUAL LADDER (possibly more practical)
Andrea Evans and Samantha Fields install at South End Open Studios
BELT IT
Anna Rochinski traveled across the country with a hoop installing it and the net in the least likely of places!
Anna Fox Rochinski in the woods of Virginia
Anna Fox Rochinski&#8217;s Net Work in an abandoned parking lot
ASK FOR PERMISSION!
Woah, who&#8217;d have thought?&#160;: ) Katy Cowan and Emily Green chose a very respectable approach, snail mailing the town clerk of Steuben and formally offering the net as a public work to the residents! 
Letter to Steuben
The TEAM! Assembled by Katy Cowan and Emily Green during the artist residency at ACRE!
We are so close to our goal friends! I thought I&#8217;d offer a bit of entertainment and just remind everyone to SPREAD THE WORD!!! We need all the funds we can get and have big plans for the future!
Much love,
The New Craft Artists in Action

The New Craft Artists in Action are SO CLOSE to our kickstarter goal. Please help us spread the word so we can teach people how to make basketball nets all over the world. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404838223/new-craft-artists-in-action-net-works-instruction

As I peruse old Net Works photos (upon request from ARTnews! Keep your eyes peeled) I’ve come across some great images of Artists in Action. The NCAA employs many types of skillsets and it’s fun to see the different styles that come out of the  DIY process, however carefully orchestrated or on-the-fly, anonymous or spectacular. Here are some great scenarios…

SCALING THE HOOP

      

HUMAN LADDER

(cheerleaders would be great at this)

ACTUAL LADDER (possibly more practical)

BELT IT

Anna Rochinski traveled across the country with a hoop installing it and the net in the least likely of places!

Anna Fox Rochinski in the woods of VirginiaAnna Fox Rochinski in the woods of Virginia
Anna Fox Rochinski's Net Work in an abandoned parking lotAnna Fox Rochinski’s Net Work in an abandoned parking lot

ASK FOR PERMISSION!

Woah, who’d have thought? : ) Katy Cowan and Emily Green chose a very respectable approach, snail mailing the town clerk of Steuben and formally offering the net as a public work to the residents! 

We are so close to our goal friends! I thought I’d offer a bit of entertainment and just remind everyone to SPREAD THE WORD!!! We need all the funds we can get and have big plans for the future!

Much love,

The New Craft Artists in Action

At just $10 away from the halfway point on our Kickstarter Campaign to print the NCAA&#8217;s knit and crochet instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood, we thought we&#8217;d share a sneak peek at some of the pages in the book! These are in no particular order and keep in mind, we are planning to print the light OJ/pink color in fluorescent Orange! So psyched! Share our project with your friends so we may meet or even exceed our goal! 

At just $10 away from the halfway point on our Kickstarter Campaign to print the NCAA’s knit and crochet instruction manual Net Works: Learn to Craft Hand Made Basketball Nets for Empty Hoops in Your Neighborhood, we thought we’d share a sneak peek at some of the pages in the book! These are in no particular order and keep in mind, we are planning to print the light OJ/pink color in fluorescent Orange! So psyched! Share our project with your friends so we may meet or even exceed our goal! 

Taylor McVay's Shirt Into Net

Samantha Field's Big Pink

Mallory Biggins Pom Pom Net

Diamond in the Rough by Andrea Sherrill Evans

Pat Falco's Final Four Drawings

Nets like this one have lasted an entire year! Learn how to make your own and support the NCAA&#8217;s craft manual on Kickstar

 




Testing the Net with the Mondragon Bros @ UCLA from Maria Molteni on Vimeo.
On a trip to Los Angeles we installed a new net with the help of the Mondragon brothers Josh and Nathan. You could call it a collabo of sorts with Chris Burden as he created the backboard at UCLA years ago. This is the hoop my buddies who are in grad school shoot on while taking breaks at their studios. The shape was fitting in a town of drivers as the court also served as their parking lot. The long, cozy net self-rebounded and/or dropped the ball straight underneath keeping cars in the clear when a basket was made. Josh was good sport for playing pickup in his suit after work&#160;: ) (video credit- Nathan Mondragon)

Nets like this one have lasted an entire year! Learn how to make your own and support the NCAA’s craft manual on Kickstar

Testing the Net with the Mondragon Bros @ UCLA from Maria Molteni on Vimeo.

On a trip to Los Angeles we installed a new net with the help of the Mondragon brothers Josh and Nathan. You could call it a collabo of sorts with Chris Burden as he created the backboard at UCLA years ago. This is the hoop my buddies who are in grad school shoot on while taking breaks at their studios. The shape was fitting in a town of drivers as the court also served as their parking lot. The long, cozy net self-rebounded and/or dropped the ball straight underneath keeping cars in the clear when a basket was made. Josh was good sport for playing pickup in his suit after work : ) (video credit- Nathan Mondragon)

Net Work @ UCLA installed on Chris Burden backboard

Net Work UCLA install 2

Los Angeles

(Source: molteninetworks)

Air Sumo tests the first MOLTENi NET WORK. from Maria Molteni on Vimeo.

The New Craft Artists in Action would like to wish you all a Happy Halloween as we look back to our very first Net Work installation. Dressed as an inflatable sumo wrestler on Halloween Day 2010 “Air Jordan Sumo” takes the court.

Support our Kickstarter! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404838223/new-craft-artists-in-action-net-works-instruction

Tactile and Tactical: January Term Visual Arts Intensive, Harvard University

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NCAA invite you to Cure Empty Net Syndrome!

Brought to participants via traveling workshops, pick up games and internet cataloguing, the NCAA is a craftivist project that addresses public space, diversity, collaboration, feminism, and interdisciplinary learning. The collective assembles hand-made basketball nets for abandoned hoops, usually via knit and crochet, to build proactive inclusive relationships between artists, athletes, and neighbors. Here the form and function of the “street” and the “domestic” collide in hand-made tactical aesthetics that express dissidence and generate new approaches to public space.

Basketball has slowly evolved since 1891, when James Naismith posed a recycled peach basket as the first hoop for his students in Springfield, MA. Woven nets emerged several years later, introducing a new dimension for movement and audio-kinetic satisfaction. Inspired by the many ways nets benefit the game, NCAA Net Works proceeds by a mapping process and a form of DIY slow production that utilize creative problem solving in under-maintained urban spaces. The project draws attention to the expressive potential of these spaces while challenging commercially driven professional athletic institutions.

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