Sarah Green is the artist behind Super Crochet Girls creation. A graduate of Loughborough University with a BA Hons in Fine Art, and an MA in Art in the Public Sphere. Her research for the MA concerned gendered crafts relationship and use in politicised action.
She currently works as a freelance artist and workshop leader teaching crochet and knitting. At the same time she works closely with Charnwood Arts, Loughborough’s local arts organisation www.charnwoodarts.com.
Craft and activism are two movements that do not initially seem to have much in common yet they have been coinciding since the 1970’s. The significance of craft activism to our political ideologies is increasing as it has the potential to radically alter the form of the protest process. But how effective are these practices in producing politically engaged art and what effects will the ‘feminine’ craft have on future forms of protest?
Jane Turney’s book The Culture of Knitting examines the importance of knitting historically in Western Culture. In reference to craft activism she examines the practice known as knit graffiti, a practice also adopted by Sarah, and explains how the process of leaving ones mark in an impermanent but humorous way could imbrue knitting with the edginess and urban quality it currently lacks, therefore challenging traditional assumptions of both medium and message. Green has created a character that also challenges the male dominated world of comic book art through adoption of super powers that are ultimately stereotypically feminine.
Another aspect of Sarahs research looks to the feminine reclamation of craft as a liberating past time. Rozsika Parker, author of The Subversive Stitch, was a part of the 1970’s feminist reclamation of craft as a potentially liberating pastime. Her writing was at the time dismissed however the current popularity of knit graffiti and Sarah’s performative work with Super Crochet Girl illustrates that Rozsika Parker wasn’t far from the truth; knit graffiti is becoming a liberating practice for women from oppressive elements of the private sphere and is allowing them to interact with the public realm in a new and radical way.
Through her work in the public realm with alter-ego Super Crochet Girl, Sarah is hoping to challenge conventional opposition between the private and public spheres, question the relationship between women and the urban landscape and push the boundaries of accepted political protest and gendered hobbies such as comic books and knitting.