Crochet and Knit Night Out

The knitted works here are by Lili Golmohammadi, who leads the course Crochet and Knit Night Out (Fridays 6:30 to 8:30pm) and students Elizabeth Lakoli, Rabeya Ahamed, Allyson Amoroso, Cee Callender, Gillian Eden, Khadijeh Khedri, Haregu Menghistab, Karen Pennicott, Kemi Pennicott, Marianne Rouvier Angeli, So May Tang, Valentina Vanegas, and Maria Vigouroux.

Golmohammadi exhibits a jumper that displays her interest in the ambivalent clash between hard and masculine motorcycle culture, versus the soft domesticity of knitting.  The  imagery of a pink skull with sunglasses that is embedded within the white heavy wool creates an intriguing scene where the two seemingly contradictory worlds collide.  Meanwhile, the rest of the cabinet is occupied by Lakoli’s vibrant and rhythmic patterns.  Soft pink, ochre, brown, and purple flowers are hung delicately, illuminating the material and versatility of yarn.  Not only are Lakoli’s techniques emphasised through the display, but the suspension of knitted or crochet materials aim to engage a different perspective and experience of knitted objects.  On the far end of the wall, an ongoing bunting project by the students of   Crochet and Knit Night Out extend and meet the works of Neil Stoker who uses linen thread to create an ephemeral and inconspicuous installation.  The bunting in fact plays a large role in making a meaningful connection between the two exhibitions through similarity in material.

For more information on the artist or the exhibition, please contact Erica Shiozaki at ericas@wmcollege.ac.uk

Top shelf: Lili  Golmohammadi

Bottom Shelf: Elizabeth Lakoli.

Elizabeth Lakoli

Detail of Lakoli’s Knit work

Detail of Knit Flower

Detail of Lakoli’s knit work

Detail of Lakoli’s knit work

About ruskingallery

The Ruskin Gallery is located at the Working Men's College in Camden. Ruskin Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the historic building of Working Men’s College in Camden. In addition to providing students the opportunity to show at a professional level, the exhibition programme at Ruskin Gallery involves inviting external artists for site specific projects. The Ruskin Gallery is run by curator Esther Windsor, who is a curator, artist and writer living and working in London. Working Men’s College (WMC), the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act.