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Net Works: Learn to Craft Handmade Nets for Empty Basketball Hoops in Your Neighborhood is an educational resource that offers thoroughly illustrated instructions for knit and crochet, basketball net patterns submitted by artists in over 10 cities, and writings about the influence of craft and athletics in various urban settings. 

NCAA team players took on the challenge of creating knit and crochet instructions that are holistic and approachable, hoping to empower and inspire a new generation of makers and players. The book features photos, hand-drawn illustrations, diagrams, charts, patterns and written accounts by those who have experienced Net Works in their communities.

Throughout the book, both content and Golden Arrows designs are considered with as much concern for physical engagement/coordination as conceptual understanding. This is in keeping with a belief that both athletics and crafts employ a physicality, mentality, and creativity that is therapeutic and strengthening. This book is original and it was made for you to use fluidly. It begs you to build upon it and to share the fruits of your labor with the NCAA and the world!

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Photos by Stefan Kruse Jørgensen

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Net Works: Learn to Craft Handmade Nets for Empty Basketball Hoops in Your Neighborhood is an educational resource that offers thoroughly illustrated instructions for knit and crochet, basketball net patterns submitted by artists in over 10 cities, and writings about the influence of craft and athletics in various urban settings. 

NCAA team players took on the challenge of creating knit and crochet instructions that are holistic and approachable, hoping to empower and inspire a new generation of makers and players. The book features photos, hand-drawn illustrations, diagrams, charts, patterns and written accounts by those who have experienced Net Works in their communities.

Throughout the book, both content and Golden Arrows designs are considered with as much concern for physical engagement/coordination as conceptual understanding. This is in keeping with a belief that both athletics and crafts employ a physicality, mentality, and creativity that is therapeutic and strengthening. This book is original and it was made for you to use fluidly. It begs you to build upon it and to share the fruits of your labor with the NCAA and the world!

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Photos by Stefan Kruse Jørgensen

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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.

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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