Knitting News: International Yarn Bombing Day in Trevino

I’ve been aware of yarn bombing for quite a while now, the art of decorating hard urban spaces with soft sculpture, created by knitting, crochet, and other fiber arts. Until this afternoon, however, I had no idea that now there’s an official international Yarn Bombing Day, annually held on June 11. Also didn’t know that many individuals who’ve been involved one way or another with bomb-created violence object to the use of the word in this peaceful activity. “Yarn Graffiti” is one of the alternatives that has been suggested, but it still remarkable no to be seen if a change will be adopted. It would take time for everyone to adapt, one would think.

Anyway, I spent several hours surfing the net to check out the art installed in many of the locations around the world, and found a range of designs encompassing the simple to the original and complex. Lots of quirkiness and fun. Below I’ve posted my favorite creation, a small herd of lacy kangaroos, created by Nini &Wink. You can check them out over at Facebook, where they present their specialty, creating needlework covers for all sorts of objects.

Knitting as Art: The International Tree Project

Interesting in participating in a collaborative fiber arts project? Last year, University of Alabama’s Jennifer Marsh created  fiber covered gas station. Now, she’s organizing another huge project– a covered tree in Huntsville, Alabama. Participants are asked to make and submit a leaf, using any fiber arts technique. The deadline is March 15, and her site contains all the info you need, including a downloadable entry form and basic instructions. This is a fun opportunity to be part of  large scale experiment with people from around the world. Click right here to learn more.

I’m in! Now to plan my creation….

NYC Textile Event: English Embroidery

‘Twixt Art and Nature: English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580-1700

The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
December 11, 2008 to March 15, 2009

I noted this in great big bold letters on my calendar. What an opportunity to view embroidered items (80 0f them) from late Tudor and Stuart England. The examples on the website are incredible.

Location: Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th St, NY, NY
Phone: 212-501-3023

from the brochure:

English Embroidery comprises approximately 80 objects from the MMA’s collection of embroideries and comparative supplemental material from the Museum and other institutions and private collectors. The exhibition is presented on three floors of the BGC and is organized in sections that explore thematic and typological characteristics of the embroideries. Original printed images and texts, combined with high-quality photo reproductions, help the viewer contextualize the embroideries in a way that has not been attempted previously. There is also a special animation component, consisting of three digital videos that demonstrate stitch techniques, to enhance visitors’ understanding of this art form.”

Not to be missed! Check it out on the link above, and click on “exhibitions” for more pictures and info.