FREDONIA - "Yarnbombing" or "Yarnstorming" as it's known in the U.K., is a product of both the graffiti art movement and a new generation of do-it-yourself crafters and artists promoting a return to handmade objects as a counterpoint to life in an increasingly urbanized, mass-produced and digital age.
Yarnbombs can vary in scale and complexity from a simple knit or crocheted "cozy" for a parking meter or street lamp to the more political and elaborate 2010 crochet wrapping of Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" sculpture by the Polish artist Olek.
From March 8 to April 7, 2013, SUNY Fredonia will welcome the exhibition, "Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art" in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery of the Rockefeller Arts Center. In conjunction with this upcoming exhibit, the Department of Visual Arts and New Media invites campus and community members to a crochet workshop being offered in preparation for the creation of two group yarnbomb installations planned for the center's Emmitt Christian Gallery and the landscape adjacent to the building.
This tree is an example of an object being “yarnbombed.”
The workshop will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. It is free and all materials will be provided, including hooks and yarn, as well as hands-on demonstrations and written instructions. Novices are welcome. Not only will participants be helping to create a visual experience, but they will also learn how to crochet.
To learn more about the workshop or the installations, contact Dr. Leesa Rittlelmann, associate professor of Visual Arts and New Media, at email@example.com or 785-7342.