Yarnbombing Oakland -Inside and Out

2 Sep

So I have a commission to yarnbomb The Oakland Museum of California in mid Oct . I will be doing this through The Oakland Standard . More about them here . I will be yarnbombing the 4 bannisters in the front of the building out on the street , the 3 bannisters going down into the building ,  bannisters going down into the garden , 2 benches and 2 chairs that are part of  the architectural Jensen installation. And maybe a tree.  All handspun yarn .

The reason that this installation is so extreme is this .  I came up with it and I wanted it to be really big – something that would be big enough that it wouldn’t make me think about knitting and yarnbombing in a whole new way . Too big to be just ‘cute ‘

So now I go around begging my friends to help me knit .  I now have  Brenda Loreman , The Russian , Hargus Rose , The Fibrarian , and Anna Wong all knitting . And I spin all the time . And watch ” Star Trek Next Generation .”

It’s interesting to me how I get really excited and then really doubtful ,alternating . We tend to swerve away from what we really want .

This yarnbombing installation will go up in mid Oct 2011 and will be up for a month . I am so impressed with The Oakland Museum of California -this could be a first -yarnbombing the building of a museum inside and out .

International Yarnbombing Show On The Streets of Oakland , Ca.

At the same time this installation is up I want to put up a yarnbombing street art show using the streets of Oakland as a gallery . I am asking for yarnbombs from all over the world , signed by their artists with names and countries and I will sew them up on street poles , bike racks , parking meters , lamp posts and fences . I need tags that are 7.5 inches around { stretches measurement so they don’t slide down } and 4 to 8 ft long . I want people to get to see the amazing things you can do with knitting and crocheting f , so I’m hoping for ruffles , flowers , fairisle , cables , buttons , bobbles , protrusions  and lots of color .

I need yarnbombs to start coming around Oct 10 so I can start installing . I will take pictures and post them and documant the whole deal

Turning a city into a gallery of knitted street art at the same time a museum has an installation- I like what this says about art , knitting , street art , out new global internet life , freedom and doing what you want .

You may reach me at http://www.streetcolorart.gmail.com  and I will give you a mailing address. { Don’t want to tell everyone who I truly am ! }

i just got a message on Facebook from Dagmar Reichardt that she will help me reach knitters in Germany and Japan. Oh my.

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9 Responses to “Yarnbombing Oakland -Inside and Out”

  1. ted September 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Congratulations on your commission! Hmmm… will it still be considered ‘Yarnbombing’? Somehow the outlaw element is missing… Can’t wait to see the results, especially the bannisters going down into the building.

    Good Luck Yarnbombing Oakland… that should be something to see, with Yarnbombs from around the world.

  2. Oakland Daily Photo September 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m really excited about this. Hope you include some orange and white to go with the museum logo colors. Just visited your pieces at the Lakeshore Library and Lake Merritt pergola.

  3. @25th_telegraph September 3, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    This sounds like a great, positive project. I would like to invite you and your helpers to yarnbomb our property on 25th st. and Telegraph in conjunction with your OMCA piece. We have several galleries,studios, and fabric artist/clothing designers. We have tons of artmurmur activity and it would be highly visible for your work. If you want to contact me feel free. My family owns the property and you can consider this as permission from me. Thanks.

  4. CrochetConcupiscence (@CrochetBlogger) September 3, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Awesome commission project! Look forward to seeing it come to life!

  5. sittingknitting September 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I can help out knitting for the Oakland installation, let me know what you need. Ruth

  6. La Principessa September 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it.

  7. Deanne Rosson September 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  8. Catherine Reed October 31, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    I”m looking for yarn bombers in northern California. I live way up in Ukiah. Is there anyone up here?

    Catherine Reed

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  1. Special Sunday Night Edition: Calling all Knitters and Crocheters! | Spin Artiste - September 4, 2011

    [...] Our dear friend Streetcolor Art has been given the unique and awesome opportunity to yarn bomb the The Oakland Museum of California inside and out. The installation is scheduled for mid – October. In addition, Street is planning a yarn bombing gallery using the streets of the city as the installation space. This is a tremendous undertaking and while Street can produce some large amounts of pieces in a short time, in this case, Street is accepting contributions from other fiber artists. Each fiber artist who contributes will be able to sign their piece. You can read about the details on Street’s blog here. [...]

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