Free Crochet Workshop
Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters
Sat, Dec 13 Drop in anytime 11am-2pm Free
Come learn to crochet and help artist and community builder, Ramekon O’Arwisters create amazing tapestries out of woven strips of fabric-some new, some old, and some even vintage-using the folk-art tradition of crocheting rag rugs. Crochet Jam is also a means for individuals from different communities to unite their stories and fabrics into a large tapestry and understand that we are more alike than otherwise. Crochet Jam incorporates a free-form approach with no attempt to direct the outcome of the event. Participants engage in a calming and meditative group art activity. Materials and instructions in crochet are provided.
Ramekon O’Arwisters is a social-practice artist who creates collaborative, community-based art projects infused with folk-art traditions and techniques to foster and support a culture of community building. O’Arwisters’s Crochet Jams invite the public, friends, volunteers, and associates to participate in the traditional folk art of making rag rugs. As a thought leader, O’Arwisters engages the public in thinking differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. He has had exhibitions at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and the Kato Gallery in Tokyo. His work has been included in numerous San Francisco group exhibitions including the African American Art & Cultural Complex, and the Museum of the African Diaspora. In 2013 he participated in a residency at the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco. He received an Artadia Award in 2002 and a second San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant in 2011. He is a 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco. O’Arwisters received a Master of Divinity from Duke University. He is currently a curator of exhibitions at the SFO Museum and lives in San Francisco.
SCRAP is hosting an amazing fabric sale
For a limited time only, fill a grocery bag of any rolled fabric for $6. That’s 50% off our normal affordable price.
We have fabric of all varieties: all sizes, colors, textures, woven, knitted, upholstery, cotton, synthetic, organic, anything you can think of*!
What can you do with the fabric? Make a crazy patchwork quilt, make little coin purses, make tote bags, make purses, make fabric flowers, collage, make a fabric covered book, make coasters with our free SCRAP tiles, use them for Dioramas, make paper with them, use them for textures in ceramics or printmaking, braid them, knit them, weave them, make pin cushions, make coil baskets, use them as stuffing, make a stuffed animal, make a dog bed with them, make a chew toy with them, use them as repurposed giftwrap, make doll clothing, use them to make patches, make a skirt, make a shirt, make some pants, make an apron, make a jacket, make a dress, make a sculpture, make a fascinator, use them in your art journal, use them to collage, make accessories, make finger puppets, make puppets, whatever you can think of!
SCRAP is located at 801 Toland St, enter on Newcomb, and we are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (donation hours Tues-Sat 10-4). Come check out our fabric selection!
* Specialty fabric excluded
SCRAP is hiring for several positions in our organization. Please click on the job posting that you are interested in:
Exercise the right side of your brain and get creative with collage and glass! Artist Reddy Lieb will show participants how to create decorative and expressive glass panels, jewelry, or small sculptures using recycled glass and collage. In this full-day workshop participants will scrounge through the treasures of scrap to find decorative papers, images, glass pieces, and more to be used in making mixed media collage works. Reddy will then instruct students in basic glass cutting and preparation techniques as well as instruct them on how to use copper foil and to solder their final pieces. Beginners welcome!
For over 30 years Reddy Lieb has been working with glass to create both conceptual and functional work. She uses recycled materials in her work and in 2000 was the Artist-in-Residence at Recology San Francisco, aka the garbage dump. In 2004, she received an MFA from the California College of Art. Reddy loves inspiring the creative process in people and has been doing so for over 20 years.