The ‘Strength thru Crochet’ – Anarchic Crochet Circle

…it’s not about bombs…

Anarchic Crochet is about freedom in the handling materials and ideas.

Wire, ribbon, videotape, twine, wool… if it can be crocheted, never mind in what manner, it becomes part of the piece.

And every time the circle forms, there is metamorphosis.

Reichstag, Berlin, Spring 2006

The Anarchic-Crochet-Circle came into being in the summer of 2005, a product of conversations about developing strength through crochet, the practice of patience, and the emancipatory, pacifistic and meditative effects that crocheting can have. The name of this series of interventions was inspired by a woman who – without any previous knowledge of crochet – simply did so according to her own rules, and produced the first piece of ‘anarchic crochet.’

Lustgarten + Altes Museum, Berlin, Summer 2006

What might happen if people met and crocheted in public spaces charged with history , armed simply with crochetable materials, crochet hooks and brownies, and welcomed every contribution whether in word or in deed?

Palast der Republik, Berlin, Fall 2006

Further crochet circles have taken place in Berlin on the S-Bahn-Ring, the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, a polling station in Neukölln, and within the framework of various exhibitions. The early crochet circles also led to the realization of the projects Dressing Matka Polka and A Dress Full of Color and Joy for the Trümmerfrauen-Denkmal.

Reichstag, Berlin, Spring 2007