Quirky crochet creation springs up at The Forum in Norwich

10:09 04 February 2016

Textile artists Kally Davidson, left, and Johanne Couldrey who are asking for help to build their nine foot crochet totem pole. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Textile artists Kally Davidson, left, and Johanne Couldrey who are asking for help to build their nine foot crochet totem pole. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

A colourful crochet creation featuring a menagerie of fantastical creatures is springing up at The Forum, in Norwich, this week.

Makers’ Month

The totem pole project is one of a number of events taking place at The Forum for Makers’ Month.

Throughout February the city centre venue is hosting weavers, spinners and other craft-makers who are demonstrating their skills and also giving people the chance to have a go at their crafts.

Each week has a theme: week one (this week) is yarn; week two is fabric; week three is pencil and paint; and week four is paper and print.

Among those sharing their skills throughout the month are the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers, members of all five of Norfolk’s Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guilds, Kim Morgan from the Saori Shed in Diss, textile designer Aviva Leigh, John Lewis haberdashery department, Big Draw and the Norwich 20 art group, Print to the People and Norwich Hackspace.

For more details of Makers’ Month events, visit

The quirky totem pole is the idea of textile artists Kally Davidson, from Norwich, and Johanne Couldrey, from Happisburgh, who are asking passersby to get involved with the unusual project as part of the Makers’ Month festival currently taking place.

The duo started off the totem pole by creating an array of crochet characters for the top. All day yesterday they invited people 
to add to their masterpiece and 
they are also at The Forum 

Ms Davidson said it was about inspiring people to be creative 
and that they were pleased with 
how many people had got involved 
so far – and how bright and 
colourful the totem pole had 

“It’s playful, it’s inventive, it’s fun. It is nice to help people feel free 
in themselves to be creative,” she said. “It has been busy so far, with beginners through to people who are very experienced at crochet taking part. But they are all having a go at being free and playful with what they create.

“I quite like that we are not saying ‘make this animal’. we are just seeing what evolves.”

She added: “It is like a story of everybody who takes part. It 
has got lots of different elements. At the start it was Jo and me but 
now more has been added to the story.”

People can take part in the totem pole project from 10am until 4pm today.

The finished totem pole will then be on display at The Forum throughout February for the Makers’ Month festival.

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