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Visual Arts & New Media offering second "yarnbomb" workshop
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yarn bomb on Forest Place
Yarn bomb installed on Forest Place, Fredonia, N.Y.

The last of two workshops on "yarnbombing" will be held Friday, Nov. 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery. The event is free and intended to prepare the campus and community for a yarnbomb installation in the gallery in April.  

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.

From March 8 to April 7, 2013, SUNY Fredonia will welcome the exhibition by the artist Laura Splan entitled, "Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art" in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery of the Rockefeller Arts Center. See her website>>

"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.

To learn more about the workshops or the installations, contact Dr. Leesa Rittlelmann, associate professor of Visual Arts and New Media, at rittelma@fredonia.edu or 785-7342.

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