Monthly Archives: June 2013

Yarnbombing is for everyone

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Warhol bridge

It’s been quite the week for large projects to be revealed.
Moving from Mammoths to modern artists, we have the eventual covering of
the Andy Warhol bridge in Pittsburgh!

Mark your calendars folks, because between August 10 to September 7th you’ll be able to see
the softer  side of city infrastructure when the group Knit The Bridge drapes their
community donated designs over this well known bridge.

And why are they doing this?

To celebrate the history of Pittsburgh as a city of bridges and steel as well
as celebrate the region’s thriving, contemporary
 arts scene. As accessible craft forms,
these community-engaged fiberart traditions will knit
 together strong, healthy, creative communities.

And also, because why the frak not?!
This is gonna look soooo cool!

I’m really stoked for this because collaborative projects between citizens and their
city are awesome reminders of how the world craves creativity.

It’s also gonna be massive.
Like really big.
Big, big.

Now this isn’t the first time that a group of people have helped transform the
steel and concrete connecting two piece of land. Back in 2010 my dear ol’
neighbour Cambridge, Ontario had some work done by KNIT CamBRIDGE (*tee hee cute pun guys)
They actually did the entire main street leading to the bridge as well.

Makes sense since the
city used to be a major textile production hub.

bridge

And peoples love of doing things with bridges goes well beyond North America.
Germany has done it.
France has done it.
And the UK went all out during the Queen’s Diamon Jubilee.

This Pittsburgh project will be the largest of them all however, and that
means some creativity beyond the balls of wool. They’ve got some
neat little incentives to drive charitable giving, and a whole Indigogo campaign.
Anyone interested in lending a hand, either through donations, physical labour, or
fundraising for the project should be sure to check out their website.

Even though the work will only be up for a short period of time,
the group has made it pretty clear that once the pieces come down, they
will be washed and repurposed for a whole host of charitable organizations
including homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters.

That sounds like a win-win-win-win to me! 🙂

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Grad Life Part Two: The Employment

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It’s only been a few weeks since convocation, but already there have been a few big updates
from the class of ’13 making their way to Bissell Bomber ears.
SOME OF US HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED! And in the museum world no less!
This is pretty huge.
So a round of applause goes to all those persistent project managers, and
encouraged exhibition designers.Also happening in this wonderful overlap between yarnbombing and museums,
a recent MMsT grad let us know about some awesome corchet projects
happening that in her new home town.The Cincinnati Museum Centre
(which is now hosting the Ultimate Dino exhibition the ROM had available last summer)
has partnered up with the Cincinnati Bombshells to create a cozy display… with MAMMOTHS!
yarnbomb
Called Operation Prehistoric: First in Flight, the group took over the sculptural herd found on Gest street.
I might not have been a huge fan of Disney’s Dumbo, but even I think the little dude
with the big floppy ears and yellow hat is beyond adorable. The mini-monkey was a sweet touch too.
This is not the first time these ladies have worked with museums, back in 2012 they did an
amazing installation for Truly Newly (fiber) Chihuly for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Great Hall.
It’s pretty incredible to see what they have been doing, and I’m glad they continue to be supported
by their community and cultural hubs.
Can’t wait to see what else they have in store for the year!
dumbo
For a full interview with these craft ladies, be sure to check out their The List Show interview with Jenell Walton.

You’ll be Humming to Vitamin C All Day Long

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Convocation walk

Well folks, it’s finally here. Two years full of countless papers, group meetings and
exhibitions later – the iSchool class of 2011/13 is going to get their convocation on today!

As one of our beloved instructors would say, “Woot! Woot!”

This also means I get to listen to this little ditty and feel all nostalgic and such.

But fear not! Just because the Bissell Bombers will no longer be attending classes in the Bissell Building
and many of us will be traveling all over the world in search of paying museum jobs *hint hint
(or amazing opportunity-filled internships *wink wink) doesn’t mean the group will have
disbanded – or I guess in knit pun terms unraveled ha…ha….ha…

Currently we’ve been setting up to do a nice street side installation for July
(mystery location to be revealed soon), and this Saturday visitors at the Museum of Inuit Art can
check out some cozified podiums as part of the MIA’s Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKiP)
programming. We’ve also installed some of our bright and colourful pieces in a
special public exhibition case designed to showcase the talented knit creations
community members have created.

So as iSchool faculty and students gather at University College this afternoon, patting one another
on the back in congratulations (or fist pumping if you’re bros) I too want to extend an
enormous “WE DID IT!” to fellow classmates and instructors.

There were so many people who went above and beyond their defined roles and responsibilities.
Countless time I’ve stepped back  in order to reflect on what the heck has been accomplished
in such a relatively short period of time, and it blows me away everytime.

Never in a million years would I have thought that so many people would be interested
in the dorky things I write about let alone ask to be a part of it. And none of this would have been
possible without the continuous encouragement from those around me.

So a heartfelt, Thank for supporting my crazy ramblings and bizarre projects!
I sincerely couldn’t have done it without you!

Crochet graduation cap.