Bombs Away

The Central Florida fiber arts community yarn bombs the landscape in front of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

“The mushrooms are the coolest things, in my opinion,” says Anne Jones, owner of The Black Sheep shop, as she helps pull boxes of knitted pieces from the back of her van.

These pieces were used Wednesday evening to yarn bomb the trees, poles, railings—and anything else that could be covered in yarn or fabric—in front of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM).

“Just grab a tree,” Jones instructs the team from the Central Florida fiber arts community. “You can also do the poles, and we can cover as many trees as we can get.”

According to Jonathan F. Walz, curator at CFAM, yarn bombing is “a form of street art that utilizes textiles instead of spray paint.” As with graffiti, there are no rules. However, this form of street art is nondestructive, and, at least in this instance, the material is recycled.

“This is stuff people were throwing out or had in their closets for years and donated to us,” says Mary Dorsey, who's been knitting for 45 years, as she sews together disparate pieces in a patchwork to cover the railing leading up to the museum.

The project is related to CFAM’s current exhibit, The Mysterious Content of Softness. Bringing together 11 national and international artists in various stages of their careers, the exhibition explores the transformative power of fiber and its connection to the human body. Whether employing time-honored techniques such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, and loom weaving, or foraying into new uses of traditional textiles, these artists explore the physical, psychological, and cultural associations of fiber to the body. Due to the popular response to the exhibition, CFAM has decided to extend the show through January 6, 2013.

CFAM will also be holding a "Knit-In" on Friday, November 16, from 4 – 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to bring their fiber art projects to the museum and hang out in the galleries while enjoying a relaxing time of creativity and conversation in an aesthetically appealing environment. Knit-In Friday is free and open to all.

The yarn will remain through December 14—elements permitting.