On Thursday, September 30th, the Design Gallery at UW – Madison sponsored a yarn bombing event at the bus shelter across from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The installation was coordinated by School of Human Ecology Professor Diane Sheehan and Lisa Frank, Interim Director of the Design Gallery. I was able to stop by in mid afternoon on Thursday to check out the progress of the installation, but just missed the TAD students who did an amazing job installing this piece.

Side View of the Cozy Shelter
In the evening, I was able to attend the accompanying panel at the MMoCA, which was moderated by Jennifer Angus and featured Professor Beverly Gordon, Jeffrey Bleem and Lisa Whiting as panelists. Each panelist gave a 10 minute presentation on their take on DIY craft or on their art before Jenny asked her prepared questions and opened the floor to prepared questions. I was happy to see that a lot of the topics we’re interested in our Exhibition, especially concerning the meaning of making craft were touched on by all three panelists.

The project was completed to coincide with Gallery Night on Friday October 1st, and several community knitters, including myself, were on hand to knit in the bus shelter while people enjoyed the evening. I spoke with several people who either donated scarves themselves or who knew people who did, and had a great time chatting with Kim, Deanna, and Marie who came by to knit.

Night View of the Cozy Shelter
Many people in the Madison knitters community helped with this project by donating time and knitting skills to this amazing project, including the folks at the Madison Knitter’s Guild and Sow’s Ear in Verona, WI.

–Posted by Rebecca Keyel

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