As a (literally) old basketball player, I have always hated dealing with net-less hoops. Full satisfaction for a shot well made requires a net. But nets do wear out. Schools and cities fail to replace them. So I sometimes take matters into my own hands, and replace nets personally.
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 gmap to keep track of spaces where nets have been installed or have yet to be. Contributors may follow the progress of the project, reporting sightings and requests for nets in their own neighborhoods. Efforts have begun locally, and spread to additional projects such as artist Kevin Clancy’s “Portable Utopia” in Johannesburg. I aim to engage other creative enthusiasts collaborating via workshops and skill shares to fabricate nets and exchange new design ideas.
This good work is what earned MOLTENI NET WORKS an Awesome Foundation award in February from the Boston chapter, of which I am a trustee. We have never had a more deserving recipient. Here’s what Kara Brickman reports in our latest blog post:
The MOLTENi NET WORKS project is well underway with a recent exhibit at Cambridge’sMEME Gallery in Central Square that also included workshops where participants were able to hand-crochet basketball nets to be installed on bare hoops. Efforts have begun locally in Allston, MA and there are several local organizations (Boston include Artists for Humanity, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Design Studio for Social Intervention, and Massart’s Fibers Department) interested in putting on more workshops.
If you’d like to get pitch in, there are a few ways you can get involved.
- Join us for a drink! Come meet Maria at the Awesome Foundation Fellowship party
Thursday, April 28th @ Middlesex Lounge (6p to 9p).
- Give your time and skills by attending a workshop and putting in some elbow grease making nets.
- Have extra yarn or croquet tools that can help the cause? Emailmolteninetworks@gmail.com about what is needed.
- Kick in to the Kickstarter fund so that the MOLTENi NET WORK project can extend it’s reach across the globe…
I’ll make the party. And I can’t wait to drop some three-pointers through one of those colorful new nets.
And enjoy more of Maria’s art here.
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