video love :: Madga Sayeg, installation knit artist, yarn bomber extraordinaire

 

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. - Steve Jobs

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art love :: Akiko Ikeuchi : installations of thread and air

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Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to
ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -- Chief Seattle

Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi's art is a delicate balance of knotted silk thread and air.  Her installations are a finely
tuned balance of weight and tension.  These vortices reminiscent of whirlpools, hurricanes, and galaxies illustrate
that life is strong, yet fragile.

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Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art

Gone Viral

Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms,
inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.  --  Charles Darwin

This spring my art was exhibited in Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art at the Casie and Jesse
Marion Gallery at SUNY's Rockefeller Art Center in Fredonia, NY.  Curated by Dr. Leese Rittlemann, the exhibition explored 
the intersections of art with medical inquiry.  Participating artists included Sonya Clark, Laura Splan, Anna DumitriuPaddy
Hartley and myself.  

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Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing: final installation

©2012 Sara Convery Addison St Bridge Yarn Bombing Yarn Storming Street Art
"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet." -- Kojiro Tomita

So happy!  Our final yarn bombing was installed last Thursday and it is holding strong.  After our Day of the Dead installation being stolen in under a week, we were holding our breath on this one. But worry not, it is still there!  In fact these photos were taken by fellow neighbor and artist Sara Convery after several days and two rain storms.

©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art  ©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art
©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art  ©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art
©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art  ©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art

A big shout out to Joanie Friedman for offering the opportunity and to my new community arts partner Mary K. Lawrie for helping with the design, construction and installation.   And a BIG thank you to all the knitters and crocheters involved.  Your dedication was inspirational!

Thank you also to our sponsors - Lion Brand Yarn and Clover.


Street Art Blossoms

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Street Art Blossom
"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty
outvalues all the utilities of the world." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mary and I wrapped up our projects in Rogers Park this past weekend at the neighborhood's Harvest Festival.  The day was overcast and chilly, but families came out to greet the clowns, paint a pumpkin and of course, make a few fabric flowers.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Street Art Blossom

After the theft of nearly 2/3 of our Day of the Dead installation, Mary and I were determined to up the number of flowers at the corner of Howard and Clark.  We succeeded.  In just 1 hour children and adults had made 80 flowers for us to install!  We used the same technique I taught at Intuit in August, so I knew even the youngest of children could do it.  Everyone loved the idea and looked forward to spotting their contribution.  Mary is proud to show off her creation made with upcycled t-shirt fabric.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Street Art Blossom

By the end of the afternoon, we had added them to street poles and a traffic control box.  I love it when folks honk, waving and giving the thumbs up.  Such response makes it all worth it.

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The Video! - Yarn Bomb Addison St. Bridge & Vote

 

"While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many." --  Lady Bird Johnson

Scarves for the Addison St. Yarn Bombing are due today.  Installation is October 11th.  If you haven't finished your contribution, don't panic, Mary and I are taking submissions until October 8th. October 9th is the last day we will have in the studio to connect prior to installation. 

Drop off boxes are are on  my front porch (message me for the address) and at the Athletic Field Park House, 3546 W. Addison St., Chicago.  

Check out the video.  Joanie Friedman who initiated the entire revitalization of this previously cold and ugly corner of my neighborhood sent it to me this morning.  It really caputres the energy that has gone into the yarn bombing and the mural.  I can't wait until installation!  Get ready for one wild and colorful line spanning the entire bridge like a crazy Dr. Who scarf!

If you have time to help us install, we will be at the bridge next to the mural at 10am on the 11th. Installation will proceed from west to east across the bridge.  Bring scissors with you. 

Don't forget to vote too!  We are neck and neck for first prize in the Space in Between competition. The $1500 award would be used to further revitalize the neighborhood.  You don't have to be a member of the project or of the community to vote.  Just let them know that you like what we are trying to do.

Rogers Park is blooming! : Yarn Bombing at Clark St. + Howard St.


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 "We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers
connect us with our fellow men."  --Herman Melville

 
Walk by the southwest corner of Clark and Howard in Rogers Park and you are in for a surprise.   Mary and I installed a full garden complete with butterflies with the assistance of several volunteers and the staff at the Rogers Park Business Alliance.  It's gorgeous!  I love the details.  Children are finding a particular delight running from flower to flower like bees on a mission shouting their joy in discovery.  
©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing

Every flower imaginable and some purely from imagination are growing in this garden.  Look for gerber daisies, plate-sized dahlias and delicate morning glories.  

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing

The Emanuel Congregation Sewing Ladies were by far our biggest contributor having made several hundred flowers, but even those who had never knitted or crocheted contributed allium and dandelion puffs.
©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing

One gentelman at the Howard Area Community Center contributed a large red crocheted banner.  It became the base for what I call the "pole of wishing flags."  We had a number of rectangular contributions that didn't quite fit the garden theme, but look lovely as flags! 
©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Storming, Yarn Bombing
©2012 LIndsay Obermeyer, Rogers Park Is Blooming, Street Art, Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming 
October 6th is the official Chicago Artists Month tour of the Rogers Park yarn bombings.  Hope to see you at the mini yarn bombing event hosted by the Rogers Park Business Alliance at 2pm!  
A big thank you to Ana and Katrina at the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Sprecial Service Areas for Howard and Clark for sponsoring these yarn bomgings and all the community who contributed!  
 
Our final yarn bombing of the year will be at the Addison St. Bridge crossing the Kennedy. Installation is October 11th at 10am.  We are looking for volunteers to assist.  The new mural, garden and yarn bombing in Avondale are up for the 2012 Placemaking , Space in Between contest.  Vote for our space!  We are currently in 2nd place.  Help us make it to first!  

Rogers Park Is Blooming! : Yarn Bombing Part 1, Touhy Park

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"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams."
-- Paul Gaugin

We did it!  Mary and I successfully completed two yarn bombings with the help of the Rogers Park community!  Rogers Park is officially now blooming!

The weather was comfortably cool and sunny.  We couldn't have asked for a finer day.   Students from the Chicago Academy of Math and Sciences gave us a hand.  With their help, it only took 45 minutes to install over 200 crocheted marigolds and a dozen or so papel picados.  Thank you CAMS students!  You rocked!

  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing Rogers Park Is Blooming / Day of the Dead  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing Rogers Park Is Blooming / Day of the Dead

We managed to cover 2/3 of the fence along the Clark Street side of Touhy Park which is the length of a full city block.  Given that a Chicago city block is 660 feet long , that's approximately 440 feet yarn bombed!

 ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing, Rogers Park Is Blooming, Day of the Dead ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing Rogers Park Is Blooming / Day of the Dead 

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing Rogers Park Is Blooming / Day of the Dead  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing Rogers Park Is Blooming / Day of the Dead

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer, Rogers Park Is Blooming, Yarn Bombing, Day of the Dead  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Yarn Bombing Rogers Park Is Blooming / Day of the Dead 

Waste not, want not.  The chunky red flowers were made from upcyled red "thread" from The Red Thread Project®, the community art project I originated and led for 7.5 years.  I love them and want to make a blanket full of giant squishy red flowers.  

October 6th is the official Chicago Artists Month tour of the Rogers Park yarn bombings.  Hope to see you at the mini yarn bombing event hosted by the Rogers Park Business Alliance at 2pm!  


Yarn Bomb Addison St. Bridge! Details and Workshop Dates

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Addison Bridge, Yarn Bomb this Bridge! 

"While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier
because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now
because our neighbors are so many." --  Lady Bird Johnson


Mary K. Lawrie and I are leading a yarn bombing of the handrail along the southern side of Addison St. Bridge.  We will be knitting stripes of color to cover the handrail along the southern side of the Addison Bridge adding a whimsical dash to the grey expanse.  Knit and crocheted by the community in colors taken from the mural, this temporary installation, reminiscent of one giant Dr. Who scarf covering the handrail, is designed to bring all ages of the community together, both in the act of making the installation and in the enjoyment of it.

Participants will receive a yarn packet with basic stitch patterns to be used, gauge requirements, and basic striping requests included, otherwise the participants’ creativity will determine the ultimate outcome of the striping sequences.  A limited number of these packets will include knitting needles or crochet hooks and tapestry needles for sewing in ends.

Join us at one of our two workshops! 

  • August 11 at 10am at Multilingual Chicago, 2934 N. Milwaukee.  
  • August 16 at 6:30pm at the Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison.  

 For more check out 

facebook.com/pages/Mural-at-Addison-Avondale

--> A donation of $10-$20 is requested.

If you can't make it to either event, but want to participate, please leave me a message.  I will send you the yarn.

Now for the specifics:

Your kit will include Lion Brand Yarn – Vanna’s Choice® in colors to coordinate with the new mural.  There is enough to make one scarf approximately 7 x 60 inches.  Please cast on or chain for 7 inches and not wider as the handrail is narrow. 

 We chose this yarn for its color range, durability and for the reason that Lion Brand donates a portion of its profit from Vanna's Choice® to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. 

 Note that crochet and knitting looms typically use more yarn as do cable and garter stitches.  If you are knitting on a loom or crocheting your scarf, your end result may be a few inches less than 60. 

 There isn’t a particular pattern to follow, so have fun exploring different stitches and color combinations!

 There are a limited number of kits, so it’s on a first-come-first serve basis.

 Gauge:

Knit: 16 stitches x 22 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 9 (5.5 mm) needles

Crochet: 12 sc + 15 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size J-10 (6 mm) hook

Knitting Loom Directions

If you are knitting using a knitting loom, please follow the directions for the one-over-three stitch not the directions that come with the loom.

 http://www.macphersoncrafts.com/loomknitting.asp 

The yarn is worsted weight, so the result will be lacy if done following the directions that typically come with the knitting looms.  You will want to also keep in mind that you will be working back and forth on your loom and not knit in the round. 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe8vx7_how-to-knit-a-flat-panel-on-a-loom_creation

When you have completed your scarf, please message me or contact me through my website.  You will be given drop off instructions at that time.   We ask that all scarves be completed by September 30th.    Please have all tails woven into the fabric and all knots secured.  Remember, this will be installed outdoors for 2 months and we hope they remain in good condition for the duration of the installation. 

The scarves will be stitched together by Lindsay and Mary.  Installation will occur in mid-October.   Everyone is welcome to assist us with the installation.  The exact date and time will be announced here and on Facebook in early October.  

 Our hope is that enough of the scarves will be in good condition so we may cut them apart and donate them to a local charity.  We will need volunteers to help us deinstall, disconnect and wash all scarves. 

 We would like thank Lion Brand® for donating three of the colors used in this project and to Clover USA for donating the knitting and crocheting equipment.   And of course, we thank you for taking the time to join us in this creative community adventure.