ARTIST INFO

An exciting team of New Craft artists huddle regularly at YarnOverTime meetings in Boston to work on various aspects of the project- making nets, planning events, hosting workshops etc. The current core organizers consist of Maria Molteni, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Taylor McVay, and Golden Arrows, with frequent collaborators Cara Kuball, Samantha Fields, Mallory Biggins, Lizzie CurranKevin Clancy, Anna Rochinski and . We could always use more help and encourage new participants. Get in touch if you’d like to join us!

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(Top L to R: Biggins, Evans, Hage, Curran // Mid: Kuball, Cooney // Low: McVay, Molteni // Sadly not pictured: Fields, Rochinski, Clancy)

Maria Molteni // NCAA Team Captain

Maria grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, a parochial-school misfit in the bible belt, where Protestants and Catholics settle their differences on the field or court. Aware of her mother’s childhood dismissal from tryouts on account of being “too skinny”, Maria felt fortunate to spend ten years swallowed by team jerseys bearing Air Jordan’s lucky number 23. When asked of future plans, she swore to become an “Art and Basketball Star”. Her neighbors who knew of her love for the game expressed their support, offering one of their own MOLTEN - the official olympic brand- basketballs with a bold black “i” painted on the end.

Upon receiving a Painting BFA from Boston University, these formative experiences became a source of new inspiration. This anecdote recounting an altered MOLTEN ball  conveniently illustrates the processes and concepts imbedded in what has become an art-informed-by-athletic practice. Maria is interested in Art as an act of gift giving, reassessment of authorship via appropriation, social spectacle, and expression of support/protest by way of DIY, graffiti, and/or hand-made techniques.

Andrea Sherrill Evans // Knitting Guru and Instructor

Andrea Sherrill Evans grew up on a “mini-farm” in the suburbs of Tempe, Arizona, alongside a number of chickens, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, birds, turtles, tortoises, and horses.  Her mother instilled in her the love of making things by hand, and she inherited her engineer father’s precise attention to detail.  These aspects collided when Andrea learned to knit while working at an art supply store during college.  Living in the desert unfortunately provided little need for her love of knitting.  Luckily, her move to Boston to pursue an MFA in studio art provided the ideal winters to keep her knitting needles busy throughout the year.

Since her graduation from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2009, Andrea has maintained an active art, knitting, and teaching practice, which often overlap with one another.  Her drawings, fiber-based sculpture, and performance work explore the intricacies of human relationships and our complex associations with the natural world.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the country, with locations including Wellesley College, Bentley University, Phoenix College, Arizona State University, ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Proof Gallery (Boston, MA).

Taylor McVay // Crochet Historian and Instructor

“People wear clothing everyday, though they rarely think about it beyond its function as bodily shelter and visual identification. The everydayness of clothing makes it a subtle but powerful tool for intervention. As an artist, activist, and champion of all things wearable, my goal is to provide opportunities to think about who we are, how we impact the world, and how the world affects us through what we wear.”

Taylor McVay is an educator, artist and activist in Boston, MA. She works at a wonderful yarn & fabric store, both behind the counter and as an instructor. When outside the store, she pursues a professional practice as a ‘radical couturier’ and creates clothing-based social projects focused on education and collaboration.

Cara Kuball // 

Descended from a long line of needleworkers, Cara is interested in art-making as a social practice, on both intimately personal and illicitly public scales. She has fibers in her blood, along with a compulsion to make things and then give them away.


In addition to her work with sculptural fibers and public installation, Cara has recently begun playing with video and sound. Since 2007, she has been the Associate Director-in-Chief of the International Pancake Film Festival. The IPFF solicits submissions, hosts screenings, and serves up hotcakes near-annually. So far, they’ve celebrated pancakes on the big screen at galleries and theaters in Chicago, IL, Austin & San Antonio, TX, Portland, OR, and Cambridge & Newtonville, MA.       

Samantha Fields         

Samantha holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Tufts/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently teaching at Massachusetts College of Art, and Gordon College, and the SMFA. Her exhibitions include: Mills Gallery, Boston, MA; De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; N.K. Gallery, Boston, MA; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA; Art League, Long Island, NY Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL; The Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams. Samantha has received support from the SMFA Traveling Scholars 2012, Massachusetts Cultural Council,sculpture and installation 2011, International Fiber Collaborative 2010, and The Artist Resource  trust 2007.

Other Players in the NCAA Division…Coming soon!



ARTIST INFO

An exciting team of New Craft artists huddle regularly at YarnOverTime meetings in Boston to work on various aspects of the project- making nets, planning events, hosting workshops etc. The current core organizers consist of Maria Molteni, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Taylor McVay, and Golden Arrows, with frequent collaborators Cara Kuball, Samantha Fields, Mallory Biggins, Lizzie CurranKevin Clancy, Anna Rochinski and . We could always use more help and encourage new participants. Get in touch if you’d like to join us!

GroupPhoto1

(Top L to R: Biggins, Evans, Hage, Curran // Mid: Kuball, Cooney // Low: McVay, Molteni // Sadly not pictured: Fields, Rochinski, Clancy)

Maria Molteni // NCAA Team Captain

Maria grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, a parochial-school misfit in the bible belt, where Protestants and Catholics settle their differences on the field or court. Aware of her mother’s childhood dismissal from tryouts on account of being “too skinny”, Maria felt fortunate to spend ten years swallowed by team jerseys bearing Air Jordan’s lucky number 23. When asked of future plans, she swore to become an “Art and Basketball Star”. Her neighbors who knew of her love for the game expressed their support, offering one of their own MOLTEN - the official olympic brand- basketballs with a bold black “i” painted on the end.

Upon receiving a Painting BFA from Boston University, these formative experiences became a source of new inspiration. This anecdote recounting an altered MOLTEN ball  conveniently illustrates the processes and concepts imbedded in what has become an art-informed-by-athletic practice. Maria is interested in Art as an act of gift giving, reassessment of authorship via appropriation, social spectacle, and expression of support/protest by way of DIY, graffiti, and/or hand-made techniques.

Andrea Sherrill Evans // Knitting Guru and Instructor

Andrea Sherrill Evans grew up on a “mini-farm” in the suburbs of Tempe, Arizona, alongside a number of chickens, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, birds, turtles, tortoises, and horses.  Her mother instilled in her the love of making things by hand, and she inherited her engineer father’s precise attention to detail.  These aspects collided when Andrea learned to knit while working at an art supply store during college.  Living in the desert unfortunately provided little need for her love of knitting.  Luckily, her move to Boston to pursue an MFA in studio art provided the ideal winters to keep her knitting needles busy throughout the year.

Since her graduation from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2009, Andrea has maintained an active art, knitting, and teaching practice, which often overlap with one another.  Her drawings, fiber-based sculpture, and performance work explore the intricacies of human relationships and our complex associations with the natural world.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the country, with locations including Wellesley College, Bentley University, Phoenix College, Arizona State University, ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Proof Gallery (Boston, MA).

Taylor McVay // Crochet Historian and Instructor

“People wear clothing everyday, though they rarely think about it beyond its function as bodily shelter and visual identification. The everydayness of clothing makes it a subtle but powerful tool for intervention. As an artist, activist, and champion of all things wearable, my goal is to provide opportunities to think about who we are, how we impact the world, and how the world affects us through what we wear.”

Taylor McVay is an educator, artist and activist in Boston, MA. She works at a wonderful yarn & fabric store, both behind the counter and as an instructor. When outside the store, she pursues a professional practice as a ‘radical couturier’ and creates clothing-based social projects focused on education and collaboration.

Cara Kuball // 

Descended from a long line of needleworkers, Cara is interested in art-making as a social practice, on both intimately personal and illicitly public scales. She has fibers in her blood, along with a compulsion to make things and then give them away.


In addition to her work with sculptural fibers and public installation, Cara has recently begun playing with video and sound. Since 2007, she has been the Associate Director-in-Chief of the International Pancake Film Festival. The IPFF solicits submissions, hosts screenings, and serves up hotcakes near-annually. So far, they’ve celebrated pancakes on the big screen at galleries and theaters in Chicago, IL, Austin & San Antonio, TX, Portland, OR, and Cambridge & Newtonville, MA.       

Samantha Fields         

Samantha holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Tufts/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently teaching at Massachusetts College of Art, and Gordon College, and the SMFA. Her exhibitions include: Mills Gallery, Boston, MA; De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; N.K. Gallery, Boston, MA; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA; Art League, Long Island, NY Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL; The Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams. Samantha has received support from the SMFA Traveling Scholars 2012, Massachusetts Cultural Council,sculpture and installation 2011, International Fiber Collaborative 2010, and The Artist Resource  trust 2007.

Other Players in the NCAA Division…Coming soon!



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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.

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.

We encourage you to initiate Net Works in your city or participate by uploading images of lacking courts that you see around town. Click the map below to contribute!

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