Texture in my Crib linked professional artists with three at-risk youth groups in the City of Hamilton in a creative collaborative experience. The three youth groups were: Threshold School of Building, Notre Dame Youth Services and ReCreate Open Studio. The project hired three professional artists, who have experience collaborating with youth groups: Ingrid Mayrhofer, Amelia Jimenez, and Rochellle Rubinstein. The artists worked with the youth to explore issues of identity vs. modes of perception. Printmaking is a most suitable art form to engage youth because of its history, accessibility, variety of processes, communal context and multiplicity.
The rich history of print media, both as an art form and as a communication tool, provided Texture in my Crib with a great vehicle for individual and collective creative expression. The diversity of print practices lends itself to carrying out a wide range of artistic expression. The communal nature of the print studio is welcoming and encourages participants to work together, sharing workspace and tools, as well as ideas and goals. Both communities worked together to create a collective public presentation at Centre3.