yarnbombing The Oakland Museum – Part 6

19 Dec

I have been an artist all my life , well since I was 10 , so I have been swiping ideas from other artists all my life .  This is what I do – I find an artist that I think is great and that I can’t stop looking at . Then I make 3 pieces where I copy their work exactly. Then I make 3 pieces of work using what I learned ,  but to my own eye.

This is a great exercise and I think you should try it. It works for writing , filming  , painting , photography ,wire work and of course , yarnbombing .

This yarnbombed bench was from a painter – Squeak Carnwath.

I wanted to refer to The Oakland Museum collection and this bench was it . Squeak Carnwath works with a lot of checkerboards, earth tones and pure primaries and 9 squares floating in black . I rummaged through several painting and picked out thoughts and laid them out and then Liz Serrano knit up 3 squares . They were very hard to install.

I don’t care about being original – I care about learning and becoming more agile. If I truly love an artist there is something of me in them already .

What did I learn from doing this whole big museum installation ? Am I glad I did it ? Was it what I hoped it would be ?

Well I am glad I did it , I thought it looked terrific when it was all up and it did change the feeling of the museum . I had hoped to know more what people felt about it , I’m told people loved it -  but I don’t know what they thought  in any detail . I am very grateful for all the work so many of my friends put into it .  There is something more that I want from it – to get it over more clearly that any part of life can be softer and more relaxed and more beautiful . The knitting says this for me.

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3 Responses to “yarnbombing The Oakland Museum – Part 6”

  1. Oakland Daily Photo December 21, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    These benches look so welcoming. The metal dividers make perfect visual frames.

  2. Ted Strutz December 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Nice!

  3. Jessie Hemmons (ishknits) March 12, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    This is really fantastic. You did a great job with this commission. I recently moved to Oakland and asking around the yarn shops I was told about your work. I will be doing some work in Oakland and the surrounding areas and I hope that’s alright with you. If you ever want to work together or meet up and have a yarnbombing chat let me know!

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