Trawl is a playful celebration of Portsmouth’s long and proud relationship with the sea, as well as a reminder of our responsibility in caring for it. It brings people together to share stories and skills in the tradition of net-making coastal communities of artisanal or subsistence fishers in and around the United Kingdom.
The sea surrounding our nation’s only island city isn’t ‘just’ an aquatic habitat; the ebb and flow of its tides have helped shape Portsmouth’s unique culture, society and physical geography for centuries, and the waves lapping against Langstone Harbour or breaking on the beach at Southsea are part of the same body of water that’s washing the shores of faraway places such as Guaitecas in Chile or Kanomi in Papua New Guinea - connecting us with far more than the mainland.
In exploring our relationship with the sea, we explore our relationship with ourselves: with whom we want to connect and how we want to connect with them - what we want to share and what we hope will be shared with us in return. What better way that to work on one of the items we use to connect with the sea, to reach down into the depths and explore the potential of this - the net?
Using basic crochet skills, those taking part in Trawl will help create a fun, large and bright installation: a crocheted fishing net, made possible by the experience and expertise of those who came before. This will be filled with made items as well as those retrieved from the shoreline, showing the impact of those who are here now. We hope participants will leave with new skills, new friends and a new outlook on life by the sea.
CALL TO ACTION!
Are you from or connected to Portsmouth?
Are you handy with a crochet hook or knitting needles?
Would you like to see your work in an art gallery?
Get involved in Croshare's community based project for this year's Portsmouth Festivities.
WE NEED YOU!
We are looking for participants to crochet or knit sea life themed objects in the run up to the event. Your work will be included in a collaborative installation. Patterns and details can be found on the Croshare website
All participants will be credited.