Thanks to facebook I’ve been told that three years ago today was when I went out and yarn bombed an apple tree. I didn’t have permission, and I didn’t want to run the chance of ruining the apples, so I took pictures and then took them down. I still have the apple sweaters I used for it, and I still want to sell them for charity. What I would really love to do is team up with an orchard and a non profit in need and make an event of it…something to work towards for next apple harvest I think!
eta:I also could not have done this at all without some wonderful knitters and crocheters who were willing to put their efforts toward this project! I still am in awe and totally humbled to have received such generous help.
don’t they look cozy?
More pictures and info on this project here: Apple Tree Yarn Bomb
As I continue to explore the options of community and public art I happened to think of the idea of a community/shared sketchbook. I have some wonderful friends at the local coffee shop that agreed to host the book and my hope is that people will use it to create and share images. My fear is that it will become a trash heap of vulgarity…but I suppose even that would be a meaningful statement in its own way. What I really want is a retrospective of sketches from our community, and a kind of analog version of shared blog, if you think of it in the way that sketches are generally rather private and this will be public, just as blogs are kind of public diaries.
If this happens to work in this way I have another similar experiment I’d like to move on to that might be just as fun.
Encouraging words on the cover from Crass, and prettified by me.
Public art for free. Something I’d been deciding on for ages and waiting for a project that would speak to me. It ended up being these small paper mache birds. I just started one day to make them while trying to find a way to combine art with reuse. Many newspapers became these birds and I adore the idea that all the terrible things that happen in this world can be so easily become an object of delight.
paper mache birds, in the beginning
So plain paper mache became spray painted birds because logistically, leaving them out in the world to be found would mean they would have to be able to stand some weather.
and flocking together in the studio
set out in the world to be found
On new year’s day I went out and put six all around town to be found, as a small test run.
typing up the tags
They all have tags indicating they are free to take and hopefully, to share pictures of it wherever it’s new home becomes.
I made probably 40 of them
So there’s still lots to put out and I may just wait for warmer weather. But who knows? Sometimes the monotony of winter needs surprises more than the spring and summer. Either way, I have plenty and plan to give them all out in the near future.