Rock Paper Scissors Collective
A community arts space
7/25: Crochet Jam

July 25, 2015 – July 25, 2015
2:00 – 5:00 pm

2278 Telegraph Ave

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Crochet Jam is a community-based art project that invites participants to crochet large rag-rug tapestries to foster creativity, liberation, and social interaction. Participants are welcome to bring fabric to contribute to the project. Instruction in crochet is provided.

A donation of $10 is suggested but not required.

Upcoming Crochet Jams

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About the Artist

Ramekon O’Arwisters
When I was growing up in North Carolina, I helped my paternal grandmother, Celia Jones Taylor (1896–1982) make quilts. Quilt-making with her is one of my fondest childhood memories. With her, I was embraced, important, and special. I was a little black boy hiding my queer self from my family during the harsh reality of the Jim Crow South of the 1960s and before the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement that spread throughout the country.

Social art practice, Crochet Jam, embodies tenderness. Crochet Jam is about bringing people together to participate in crocheting large free-form rag rugs in public, that is rooted in my cherished childhood memory. My grandmother let me add any color or pattern I wanted to her quilt. It didn’t matter if the strip of fabric that I selected did not fit the color scheme or any particular standard quilt-making pattern, that wasn’t important. Togetherness, sharing stories, and feelings while calmly quilting was important. There wasn’t any judgment, and she resisted trying to tell me which colors or patterns to add. Our quilting bees were calm, relaxing, and peaceful, just the type of atmosphere a confused little black queer boy needed when the world outside of my grandmother’s house was often negative, hostile, and unforgiving.

I decided to start a community art project that enabled groups of people to collectively work on a piece of art with a focus on relaxation and human connection, done in public with strangers. Crochet Jam is an activity that engenders compassion and warmth. I want participants to be in a creative mindset without anyone dictating the creative process nor worrying about the finished product. Crochet Jam is how I make liberation a form of art.


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