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Net Works
Net Works
yarn
18" diameter x 64" length
2015

Critical Craft Circle was a J-Term course held at Smith College in January of 2015. Team-taught by Professor Laura Anne Kalba and Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Sarah Beth Woods. Participants in Critical Craft Circle constructed a colorful, finger-knit basketball net guided by the New Craft Artists in Action Net Works publication, which was installed and left in the gymnasium at Smith College. Last minute additions included hot pink and glittery blue pom-poms. We asked a group of four men who were practicing on the other side of the gym to try out our net. They quickly divided into groups and played a round of two on two. The long, mismatched tendrils of yarn swayed back and forth every time a ball was shot through the hoop. We manically snapped pictures with our cellphones, hoping to capture the ball hovering just above the net. When asked afterwards what their experience was like the tallest member of the group, sporting a white jersey with the number 33 printed on the back paused, while wiping the sweat from his brow, “The nets length is definitely not regulation, but…the aesthetics are great.”