A Moment In Yarn

Fishpond (A Moment in Yarn)A Moment in Yarn sees craft artist Sayraphim Lothian work directly, one on one with a participant, to translate a warm, happy memory they have into a tactile object they can treasure. Working with the medium of the simple granny square, Lothian interprets a memory or a story from an individual’s past via colour and pattern. Once the Moment is finished, it is given to the participant to take away, a highly personalised and meaningful work for each individual.A Moment In Yarn starts out with a request: “Tell me a happy memory”. Once the memory is shared, Lothian carefully selects different types of yarn based on their colour, texture and thickness. Over the course of around 15 minutes, she then crochets a granny square that paraphrases the story via colour and shape. Once finished, the Moment is freely given to the owner of the memory to keep, that they might have their happy memory in a soft, tangible form to cherish.

A Moment In Yarn is an artist, a small suitcase of wool, a crochet hook and a participant willing to share a memory they hold dear. It can be presented nearly anywhere, a café, a foyer, a tent or table, on a picnic blanket or in a gallery. Requirements are simply somewhere dry and a place for artist and participant to sit.

To see the descriptions of each Moment, click on ‘view in Flickr’ once the image is opened or simply click here.

A Moment In Yarn has been performed in various venues around Melbourne and at the Battersea Arts Centre in London.

Guardian critic Maddie Costa was in residence at the Battersea Arts Centre while A Moment in Yarn was being performed and she wrote her thoughts about the work here

Melbourne theatre critic Anne-Marie Peard wrote about her experience of A Moment in Yarn here.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Aysen June 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

Hi I love your afghan squares and the whimsical descriptions. What are you doing with them?

Sayraphim June 6, 2012 at 4:26 am

Hi there!
Thanks for your kind words! I don’t keep them, each granny square is given to the person who’s memory inspired them. Thus everyone who shares a memory with me gets to take home the granny square I crochet for them.
Thanks for dropping by and checking out A Moment In Yarn!

Erica Kayne July 6, 2013 at 7:04 am

Beautiful and POWERFUL messages through your gift ! I love that each and every granny square represents a different moment !

Sayraphim July 8, 2013 at 1:28 am

Hi Erica, thanks so much for your kind words!