$625
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 20 2011 12:49 PM UTC +00:00
$625
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 20 2011 12:49 PM UTC +00:00

About

MOLTENi NET WORKS function simply. Participants will hand-crochet basketball nets to be installed on hoops where such are missing or damaged. I've created a BLOG and GOOGLE MAP to keep track of spaces where nets have been placed or have yet to be. Interested contributors may follow this progress, reporting sightings and requests for nets in their own neighborhoods. Efforts have begun locally in Boston, and contributed to other projects such as Kevin Clancy's PORTABLE UTOPIA in South Africa. I have begun to engage other creative enthusiasts collaborating via workshops and skill shares to fabricate nets and exchange new design ideas.

Familiar with the many ways nets benefit the game, both functionally and beyond, this project is inspired by my own basketball experience and the love for sinking a "nothin' but net". As an artist I am interested in a mapping process that creates a network between communities and utilizes abandoned space as a venue. I'm also motivated by a DIY form of slow production that will restore dignity to such preloved neighborhood totems. I hope that installing a functional while quality, hand-crafted product on an industrial rim will foster creativity, encourage the questioning of standard measurement or design, and create a bond of trust between artists, athletes, and neighbors.

EVENTS AND NEEDED FUNDING:

MOLTENi NET WORKS will inhabit MEME Gallery from March 25-April 3rd as an art exhibition and project space. Gallery hours are simultaneously open studio hours where all are welcome to drop by and check out the show or stay to work on new pieces and collaborative basketball nets. Artists Taylor McVay, Andrea Evans, and Susan Tornheim will be hosting presentations on their art practices and providing instruction for various methods of knit and crochet. When weather allows, we will install the nets on a court down the street from the space to play a scrimmage!  

The Awesome Foundation has generously provided support for much the MEME budget, but supplementary funds are needed to sustain the project into the future. I aim to extend participation to other spaces in and beyond Boston. Besides individuals across the globe, a few interested organizations in Boston include Artists for Humanity, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Design Studio for Social Intervention, and Massart's Fibers Department. Workshops will be free and open to the public, while I aim to provide all supplies- yarn, tools, hoops as armatures, tables, chairs etc- for making new pieces. We will also utilize technical equipment to document and display presentations. I would love to compensate instructors and potentially print zines or handouts to share with the public. During the show at MEME, we should be able to finish more nets to send to the Troyeville, Johannesburg community and to others who request nets via google maps. Depending on the distance, postage and shipping could range from affordable to quite steep.

The more money can be raised, the more we can do with this project and the further it will go! I am requesting an amount that will cover remaining expenses for upcoming events and support for the next steps. Your interest and generosity are much appreciated!

(Please take postage costs into account when you submit a contribution. A few extra bucks, especially for larger gifts or international shipments would be helpful)

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    previously mentioned gifts + a DVD of workshops on Knitting in the Round, Filet Crochet, and knitting with plastic bags presented by artists Andrea Evans, Taylor McVay and Susan Tornheim.

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    MOLTENi NET WORKS STIMULUS PACKAGE- special kit including previously mentioned gifts and all other supplies and instructions needed for crafting your own basketball nets.

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    DELUXE MOLTENi NET WORKS STIMULUS PACKAGE including previously mentioned gifts, supplies, and instructions + 1 basketball net hand-crafted by yours truly

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    DOUBLE DELUXE MOLTENi NET WORKS STIMULUS PACKAGE including previously mentioned gifts, supplies, and instructions + TWO basketball nets hand-crafted by yours truly

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    CUSTOM COLORED, EXTRA ELEGANT, DOUBLE DELUXE MOLTENi NET WORKS STIMULUS PACKAGE including previously mentioned gifts, supplies and instructions + TWO EXTRA LONG basketball nets hand-crafted by yours truly in the COLORS OF YOUR CHOICE!

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Funding period

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