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Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have worked collaboratively since 2004. Their work has increasingly incorporated communal aspects of making, such as DIY tutorial videos and virtual crafting bees, in the context of economies of appropriation, trade, and the gift. Expanding on these themes, while also exploring ideas of collaboration, connection, and community, their exhibition at the Owens features two works: the new video installation Solaris, and a special Sackville presentation of the Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub.

Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub

Pom-poms, commonly made using leftover yarn, are flourishes requiring no special skills, tools, or financial means. The Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub uses craft yarn sourced on eBay. Reach into a pom-pom bin and you will find a pom-pom making kit. The yarn in each kit is identified by its source location and offers distinct colour pallets. Echoing abandoned craft projects, the yarn is taken up anew by participants, as an internet-enabled collaboration across space and time. The installation features three video pom-poms, one showing instructions, one showing a mock web search related to the history of pom-poms, and another regularly updated with images of pom-poms made and submitted by participants.

This installation, made up of an array of over-sized, multi-coloured pom-poms, is an invitation to sit, make and connect. Part of Crafts Abyss, the artists’ surreal pandemic community crafting project, the Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub playfully references online DIY tutorials and ASMR videos. Installed in the large and often quiet Owens lobby, the Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub signals a warm welcome to visitors, while creating a vibrant social space around craft and the handmade.

Follow the Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub on Instagram @pompomabyss.


Image: Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub, 2022, installation at Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, courtesy of the artists.