Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yarn Bombing at the deCordova

On our last day of this shortened February break week (ie, Wednesday), we headed to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to meet my sister and her kids and check out the new exhibits since our last visit. Mainly, that's the Biennial. As part of the exhibit, the South End Knitters yarn bombed the museum and grounds. As we drove towards the parking lot after paying, the kids exclaimed, "The trees are wearing sweaters!!"

I was pretty focused on finding parking and getting my three-year-old to the bathroom, so I didn't see what they meant until we were walking around the park. The trees close to the main entrance had been decorated, too.

And knitting was found around the interior of the museum as well, in the most unexpected of places.

This is the mirror in the ladies' room on the third floor.
How absolutely fantastic is that??

The other works in the museum and sculpture park are worth the drive too, of course. I really enjoyed Jonathan Gitelson's documentary-style photography, particularly his artist books. And some of Anna Von Mertens's hand-sewn textile pieces were on display--two pieces from Look to the Heavens and the series You and Me. Look at those stitches--hand-sewn! They are so wonderfully even and precise, and the works combine science and art, something I enjoy again and again. Look to the Heavens involves star patterns, and You and Me, the currents around two magnetic poles.

Shared with our creative spaces, because I always feel inspired and creative after visiting an art museum. Do you?

14 comments:

Erin Kate said...

So so awesome!

Mami Made It said...

Love yarn bombing! It brings a smile on my face that's why I am grateful to the people who do this.

Rose Red said...

I LOVE the lace "frames" on the mirror! And the tree jumpers actually look really good (most ofmthis sort of thing I have seen has been ugly loose acrylic gick.).

Sarah said...

this looks so lovely I wish I knew how to knit better to do more of this I love that you are taking colour to the wider world

Sarah said...

this looks so lovely I wish I knew how to knit better to do more of this I love that you are taking colour to the wider world

Jen said...

This is awesome! I love the mirror!

Emily said...

Hi, one of the South End Knitters here! Thanks so much for this post! We had a blast getting ready for this exhibit, and I'm thrilled to see a knitter enjoying it. :) The garland on the tree was something we did last weekend for Family Day. We knitted most of the squares, and we helped kids embroider them, make pom-poms, and taught a few of them how to knit their own squares, then added it to the park!

amy said...

Emily, you're so very welcome! We all really enjoyed the knitting! My sister and oldest niece are both knitters, too, and my kids have all knit, even the youngest, who has knit with my help. I love that you taught kids to knit at the deCordova--what a fantastic collaboration.

Thanks again for your beautiful, smile-inducing knit artistry!

sLee said...

another one of the SEK knitters here! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our knitting! I hope it's ok to link your blog on our facebook page :)

Bells said...

looks so great! Tree sweaters! I know some people are opposed to putting yarn graffiti in trees because they get wet and can lead to infection - but I think if they're just up for a while and add a bit of colour in winter it's a lovely idea!

That mirror is fantastic. What a happy picture!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

the trees look so great all dressed up! sounds like you had a wonderful time.
thanks so much for your sweet comments :)

Michelle said...

So cool. I wish someone would do some yarn bombing down here. Oh, love ur leap post too. I'm having typing and wi-fi issues tonight.

Art by Wiley said...

I love these trees! How fun!

Kathleen said...

Yarnbombing is so amazing. I put up a few little yarnbombs last June around where I live, and they're mainly still intact! It makes me happy every time I walk by one.

And I definitely feel inspired and itching to create after visiting an art museum. So much beauty and wonder!