All images © 2022 Choi+Shine Architects

Fabrication & Installation

The Trees

Stockwood Discovery Center, Luton, UK

April - December 2022

Screen shots from Project’s digital platform during crochet

Design

Jin Choi and Thomas Shine


Special Thanks to:

Karen Perkins


Marie Kirbyshaw

Chief Executive, The Cultural Trust Luton


Sam Javid

Creative Director, The Cultural Trust Luton


Hafiza Mohamed

The Cultural Trust Luton


Jacqui Harding

NPO Project Coordinator- Museum Makers


Structural Engineering

Thomas Shine


James Axley - PhD, MS, MArch, BS

(Emeritus) Professor Yale School of Architecture


Kirsty Sutherland BEng CEng MIStructE

James Parker  CEng MICE MEng MA

EXPEDITION


Installation 

Unity Contracting Company


Crocheters

Angela Adams

Angela Davis

Angela Paz Robins

Anne Kermarrec

Anne-Marie Prior

Anne-Marie Prior

April Stokes

Barbara Shapiro

Beth Hart

Caroline Melia

Catherine Bishop

Charlotte Lord Broome

Christine Cotterill

Claire Davis

Clare Brown

Clare Fitzpatrick

Debbie Brown

Debbie Warner

Diane Bell 

Dilara Turkan

Elaine Baines

Eleanor Outram-Rees

Elizabeth Roberts

Emma Butcher

Fiona Peel

Gabriella Caulfield

Gail Bennett

Gemma Hutton

Gill Woodbridge

Gillian Berg

Gisele Cortese

Gitta Irmer

Hafiza Mohamed

Hayley Baines

Hayley Chrenko Porthouse 

Helen Lovell

Ilana Rinkoff

Isobel Vick

Jacqui Rowbotham

Jasmina Mistry

Jean Nunn

Jenny Dukes

Jenny Nockles

Jilly Sharratt

Jin Choi

Joanne Hudson

Jody Swain

Johanna Arola

Judith Kingham

Julia Bretnall

Karen Bradshaw

Karen Perkins

Katie Bird

Lesley Shrosbree

Lily Kennedy

Liz Roberts

Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown

Lucy Miller

Lynne Montford

Mary Elaine Hearne

Mary Randell

Melanie Smith

Nicole Murray

Nina Glencross

Pauline Lloyd

Pauline Lloyd

Rachel Tomlinson

Rebecca Becky Spiller

Ruth Lutt

Sam O’Dell

Samantha Rose

Sara Dagdelen

Sarah Dawes

Sarah Hodges Hale

Sarah Wheeler

Shaleen Jonas

Sue Clark

Suse Keay

Suzanne Thompson

Sylvia Becker

Tash Bentley

Tracy Routledge

Tricia Whitmarsh

Val Martin

Vanessa Bates

Vanessa Ramsey

Vick Bishop

Victoria Walker

Viv Tew

With the help of Museum Makers, the project called for local volunteers, first to crochet segments of the Trees, then to sew the crochet pieces together. While crocheting, the volunteers posted their progress to the dedicated social media webpage, sharing their work and communicating with each other. Through the virtual and real time interaction and collaboration, everyone shared their crochet progress, checking if they are following the detailed instructions and patterns created by the artist. Once all the lace pieces were crocheted, local volunteers worked together in person to join the crocheted pieces forming large segments, ready for installation. Through the process, the volunteers bonded closely and created a true sense of community, while everyone shared ownership of the work to achieve a single goal: to create a beautiful work together. Skills learned from generations before connected us with the memories from the past and also with the people from the area whom we have never known.

From Judith Kingham’s speech at the opening of the Exhibition


“I have to be honest and say I did not find the crochet straightforward because I didn’t understand it and spent many hours unpicking and redoing, but I can say that on the day we handed the finished work in, it was with both relief and a sort of sadness. I missed it. How I wish I could re-do the work as I am sure I would be able to make a better job of it now.


Some great friendships have been set up. Crochet becomes slightly addictive and it is so hard to walk into Hobbycraft and not look at yarn and patterns”.

“This has been an amazing project …… gave us the most amazing welcome, encouragement and confidence and made us believe this could really happen”.

“I can imagine that it’s an emotional and proud moment for them as indeed for all of us as we are all proud to have been associated with The Trees”.

“This project has created such as bond within our community bringing together not only those who crocheted and sewed, but those who supported in many other ways”.

“Thank you …… for trusting that we could actually get through his project - even with Covid interfering and making it much more difficult”.

Assembly

Jin Choi 

Jacqui Harding

Hafiza Mohamed

Soulat Riaz

Shanaz Sawal

Elaine Baines

Lesley Saulsbury

Jacqui Rowbotham

Sara Dagdelen

Monika Madalinska

Ruth Lutt

Hania

Jayne Boyd 

Liliana Oniceag

10 volunteers 

from Luton Womens Aid

Nawaratne

Emma Caswell

Jan Sexton

Farhat Noreen

Karen Mulholland-McGroary 

Kathleen McGroary

Anne-Marie Prior

Jan Sexton

Corinne Brant-Wilcock

Victoria Celac

Melanie Smith

Karen Perkins 

Bobbi

Emma Caswell

Helen Huson

Melanie Twigg

Yuzuhua

Annmolanil

Sreakeposrolo

Thelma Raymond

Janice Jarrett

Cathy Pritchard 

Beverley Bothwell

Kiran Ferretti

Andreea Nica

Emilia Kochanowska

Chandi

Dana

Tiernan Wandji

Luliana Sava 

Hasseemah Arshad

Catherine Bishop

Margot  Stroud

Debbie Warner

Maria Lepore  

Angela

Anna Stanton

Dawn Hesketh Joslin

Agnieszka  Slominska

Rose Kuhlenbgisa

Raluca Petrariu

Julia Tawrel

Paulina Wolna

Nesma Badawy

Asheika McHardy

Margot Stroud

Thelma Raymond

Suzanne Ions

Jan Sexton

Tracey Price

Thelma Raymond

Gill Woodbridge

Elaine Baines

Viv Tew

Lesley Saulsbury

Monika Madalinska

Helen Huson

Sue Munn

Eileen Reid

Clare Franklin

Shanaz Sawal

Bee Millar

Jan Sexton

Lesley Saulsbury

Monika Madalinska

Isobel Vick

Lynne Bowden

Liliana Oniceag

Liz East

Clare Franklin

April Stokes

Monika Madalinska

Christine Morvan

Farhat Noreen

Theresa Middleton

Stacey Dickinson

Kelly Dye

Elisabeth Chapman

Sam Hayton

Yvonne Wolsey

Monika Madalinska

Sue Munn

Beryl Hobbs

Hila Rubin 

Taron

Arbel

Emma Caswell

Julia Bretnall

Christine Morvan

Jacqui Rowbotham

Isobel Vick

Liliana Oniceag

Melanie Twigg

Hina Ali

Abdul Haqq Qureshi

Gita Behrooz

Zenis Begum

Joanne Hudson

Sue Munn

Emma

Melanie Smith

Thelma

Melanie Twigg 

Jan Sexton

Iwona

Liliana Oniceag

Zenis

Sue Munn

Suzanne Ions

Sarah Wheeler

Katherine Hart

Lesley Saulsbury

Monika Madalinska

Fatima Choudhry

Rumena Rahman

Donna Basquille

Julia Bretnall

Penny Picken

Photo Credit ©Eduarol Stoleru

If you would like to participate

in our future crochet projects,

please send us an email to:

 skim [at] choishine.com

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