Something new in Fiber Arts has recently started to appear all over the world, and Hickory Museum of Art will be one of the next locations. This is Yarn Bombing.
Our North Carolina area has a long history with the Fiber Arts, and shopHMA has many artists who knit, crochet, weave, and sew. Unfortunately, these crafts are often forgotten or overlooked elsewhere despite the many community connections that they represent. From quilting circles to knitting groups, Fiber Arts has a strong connection with socialization. Many of these groups also provide a great number of items for charities including military, children in need and families having a hard time.
Yarn Bombing was once a covert street art done in the dark of night to hide from authorities while decorating public spaces that would otherwise have been overlooked. This is done by artfully wrapping a public object in yarn. Often these are knit or crochet pieces made ahead of time and placed on the object on a set date. In recent years this activity has grown into a public chance for communities to come together and bring awareness for a specific cause or area.
On June 10th, International Knit in Public Day the community, fiber artist and neighbors alike are invited to help HMA make a portion of the SALT Block into a piece of artwork. In partnership with Resource Warehouse, individuals of all ages will be able to make our space colorful and as creative as our community itself is. This work will remain on display through June 19th, before being removed and the “unclaimed" yarn and other reusable materials will be donated to organizations for those in need or sent to benefit others in community.
This is a chance to remind people that Art can bring people together. It can be a positive force in a community, not only for the aesthetics but for connections, filling needs of others, and education. We hope that you will be able to join us or this event. You can also see more about this event on our Facebook page HERE.