Words and project by Adriana Cobo, Architecture & Spatial Design PhD Student at CSM
With Making in Camden and Ageing Better Somers Town and Saint Pancras
The Granny Square Project draws its name from this classic crotchet motif which often constitutes the basic piece for larger crocheted assemblages such as blankets, tablecloths, etc. For this Make Camden Project, by the Public Collaboration Lab, Granny Square will focus on the making of a crochet garment tailored to one of the benches on Granary Square.
This will be crocheted using granny squares assembling depictions of significant images in and around the area, specially the iconic birds and devils depicted on the finials commissioned in 1931 by Father Basil Jellicoe, for the washing posts and airing lines of Saint Michael’s Flats. Plarn, or ‘Plastic Bag Yarn’ will be used as the main material. For this intervention, using plarn is a simple way of devising water-resistant fabrics, a key issue when working on Granary Square.