Acacia Park Tree Cozies—June 11—25, 2011

Project Concept
A group of local fiber artists (people who knit and/or crochet) would like to place "tree cozies" on five of the trees on the north side of Acacia Park, along Platte Ave. near the corner or Platte and Nevada. These "tree cozies" would be created from fabric sections knitted or crocheted from yarn. They would wrap completely around the trees starting about 2' from the ground and extent to a height of 6' from the ground.

Technically this form of art could be labeled "Yarn Bombing" or "Knitted Graffiti".  This emerging art form is defined as "the activity of covering things in public spaces (e.g. lampposts, trees, statues etc) with knitted materials. The idea of yarn bombing or graffiti knitting originates from the US, where knitters decided to find new and creative ways of using leftover material."

The "cozies" would be wrapped and stitched onto the trees on June 11 to celebrate "International Yarn Bomb Day" and be removed two weeks later on June 25.                             

Project Needs

·         Rectangular shapes in the project color palette

·         People to get together to stitch contributed pieces into cozies

·         People to attach cozies to the trees on June 11, 7:30 a.m.

·         People to help take down cozies on June 25

·         People to rework rectangular shapes into blankets/afghans for donation (optional)

Please create rectangular shapes (squares or rectangles) in blue, green, yellow, or variegated yarn in any/all of those colors. White may be used as an accent color.

Pieces to be contributed should be no smaller than 4" x 4". Smaller squares can be contributed if they are stitched together to make larger rectangles before they are submitted. Maximum square size should not exceed 36" in either direction.

We will need one or two places where cozies can be assembled and left between work sessions. These will probably need to be private homes since we don't have money to rent a work space at this time. Two 4' wide tables are recommended for a work space.

"Cozies" will be installed at 7:30 a.m. on June 11. People are needed to stitch, to hold, and to photograph the installation. Depending on the number of people who come this could take from 1-3 hours. The RMPBS/Uncle Wilbur's Fountain event begins at 10 a.m. I'd like us to be finished by 9:30 if at all possible. If anonymity is an issue for you, you might need to leave early.

The "cozies" are to be taken down on June 25. Time is yet to be determined.

Project After-Life
If there is interest (and we have someone willing to take on this part of the project) the pieces contributed may be re-stitched to create blankets/afghans for donation to local projects. If no one steps forward to spearhead this effort, the contributed pieces will be reunited with their makers (if desired) or retained by VideoKnitter for use in future yarn bomb projects.


05/10/2011 12:52pm

Hi, is there a particular reason for the color choice or is that simply random preference?


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