Textile / Yarny Arts Round Up from CHA 2014 Mega Show
Weaving on a Knitting Loom or Knitting Board

Yarn "Bomb" Installation at New Motorola Offices

Motorola Christmas logo

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.   —  Pablo Picasso

The Chicago Artists Coalition contacted me several months ago about working on a potential project for an architectural firm.  Sure.  Little did I know I’d been asked to consider yarn bombing the reception spaces at the new Motorola office and research facility.  Holy yarnola!  Working under the guidance of the architects and CAC, I am creating a permanent installation inspired by the yarn bombing movement. I knew there was no way I could tackle a 12’ x 65’ fence / wall on my own, so I’ve called in vegan crafter extraordinaire Mary K. Lawrie to assist.

The project is huge.  There are over 300 skeins to wind into balls of yarn and then knit into i-cord prior to weaving and crocheting it to the metal walls. There is so much to do that my daughter is volunteering her time to assist.  Check her out in this short video I made the other day. 

 

I have to admit that I was initially more than a bit skeptical.  Yarn bombing in a corporate office?!  But after visiting a local cell phone store and seeing the way the new Moto X is being advertised, it totally clicked.  I mean after all, Motorola is hip enough to use a sweater pattern as background for its Christmas logo!

I'll be posting updates each week, so visit frequently and check out Mary’s blog for more pics and fun.  She was coming up with some hilarious poems while knitting i-cord and walking the aisles of the CHA show. Talk about multitasking!

Also, a big shout out to Cascade Yarns for supporting me on this adventure!  They’ve been great about checking inventory etc. to be sure I can meet the deadline.  Installation is scheduled to begin February 17!  

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