CROCHET JAM

IMAGE: Virtual Crochet Jam, SCRAP, San Francisco 2020

Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. Crochet Jam—a public, art-making event that's embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project—is meditative, liberating, and empowering. Gianni Jetzer walk-through, Artadia Exhibition. Part 4: Ramekon O’Arwisters

Ramekon O'Arwisters started Crochet Jam in 2012. My community-art event is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that's steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations.

Ramekon was an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. Grants and Awards include Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, NY, the San Francisco Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Program. He received the 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation in San Francisco and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2021. His work has been featured in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7 Magazine, Artnet, the San Francisco Examiner, and Brian Boucher’s Daily Dispatch.

UPCOMING EVENTS
From the Estate of Eli Leon: Textile Improvisations, 10 June, 6 PM PDT

UPCOMING CROCHET JAMS:
Postponed due to Coronavirus pandemic. I will only post virtual Crochet Jams when they occur until the pandemic is over. Thank you and take good care.

RECENT AWARDS:
Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence, June–July 2021
SFMOMA announces 2019 finalists for prestigious SECA Award
Kala Art Institute's Print Public AIR 2016–17
Counter Pulse Art Activator Public 2016-17
Recology™ Artist-in-Residence Program 2016–17
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation 2014

PRESS:
Brian Boucher's Daily Dispatch
Artillery Magazine
Sculpture Magazine
Squarecylider.com, San Francisco
WUSA News 9, Washington DC
Full Service Radio, Philadelphia, PA
SF Gate
Los Angeles Times
Art Practical
SFMOMA’s Open Space
7x7
Art Practical
Carolina Alumni Review
ArtNet News
The Kansas City Star
Art 21 Magazine
Bay Area Reporter
KALW, 91.7