Monday, October 18, 2010

Bemis gets yarn bombed

Posted by on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

This weekend the parking lot at Bemis School of Art got yarn bombed.

What is yarn bombing, you ask?

Per the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's blog:

Think of it as guerilla needlecraft with a tagline: "Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time."

The Bemis School of Art became the site of a yarn bombing when Juanita Canzoneri installed "Hello Lamp Post" Oct. 15, 2010. For Canzoneri, a mosaic and fiber artist who teaches Mosaic classes at Bemis, yarn bombing is a chance to rethink fiber art by reusing video tape. The title was inspired by "Feelin' Groovy," the Simon and Garfunkel tune with the famous line, "Hello lamp post, what ya knowin'? I come to watch your flowers growin'."

What attracted a fiber artist to yarn bombing? In an Aug. 2010 note about "Becoming a Yarn Bomber" Canzoneri writes:

Yarn Bombing is the art of crochet and knit graffiti or as I like to call it, site-specific fiber art installations. Most yarn bombers work with conventional yarns. Many bombers/bombing groups have manifestos, and I'm working on mine. I'll release it when it's done.

Anyway, this past week I've found myself with time on my hands, no looming deadlines, and have been waiting on clients to reply to emails. I had recently checked out a book from the library called Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain and decided this was something I could get into. But since my current fiber of choice is video tape, that's what I'll use.

While I've been waiting for the trend to hit the Springs, I've been following the Denver yarn bombing group, the Ladies Fancywork Society.

This piece is outside one of my favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the city to the north: City O' City.

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  • Ladies Fancywork Society

And this piece is probably my favorite of theirs (though, admittedly, less "guerilla"):

 

Kudos to Canzoneri for kicking off a little artistic bombing in the Springs. If you see other signs of fiber graffiti, send the photos my way.

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