Fiber arts and the specific act of "yarn bombing" have been around for decades. My first experience with it was 8 years ago. While walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, I stumbled upon a small grove of trees whose trunks had been covered with bright knitted sleeves. It was beautiful, unexpected and surprisingly humorous. I left with a smile on my face and feeling that I had witnessed something special.
Flash forward to eighteen months ago when I returned to Fargo-Moorhead, there was a lone lamppost on Broadway with a cheerful knit sweater. I thought then how lovely it would be to cover all the lampposts on Broadway. And, that is what I would like to do-- with your help.
I'm looking for individuals to "adopt" a lamppost. You will create a sleeve roughly 5 feet high and 16 inches in wide, using any fiber medium. Knit it, crochet it, sew it, quilt it, knot it, whatever! I do ask that submissions be brightly colored and tastefully designed. Because this art is to be displayed to the general public in a high traffic area, no questionable submissions will be accepted or installed. By questionable, I mean if it would upset my grandma, it doesn't go up.
If your sleeve will have a lot of stretch, like a loose knit-- make it less wide. More like 14 inches. If your sleeve will not stretch, 5 feet by 16 inches is perfect. For sleeves without natural "holes" for lacing up onto the posts, please make some. For instance, a quilt would need some eyelets or sewn holes so that I can run yarn through them! If you have any questions, email me!
Sleeves should be turned in during the month of July!
The sleeves will be on display from just before Halloween until sometime in mid-January-- and in August at the weekend of the Fargo Fiber Arts Festival as well. We will add some color and cheer to the downtown area in time for the holidays.
Shoot me an email if you would like to adopt a lamppost or to tell me what a freaking fantastic project this is going to be. I would love to have all the lampposts adopted soon-- so that the sleeves can be turned in ridiculously well in advance of installation date.
It's going to be pretty cool,