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Net Works
Net Works
18" diameter x 64" length

Critical Craft Circle was a J-Term course held at Smith College in January of 2015. Team-taught by Laura Anne Kalba (Department of Art, Smith College) and contemporary, Chicago-based artist Sarah Beth Woods (M.F.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). Participants in Critical Craft Circle constructed a colorful, finger-knit basketball net using the NCAA’s 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 sway back and forth every time a ball is 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 one in a white jersey with the number 33 printed on the back paused, wiping the sweat from his brow, “The nets length is definitely not regulation, but…the aesthetics are great.”