hagley museum installation "portal fiber"
I designed “Portal Fiber” to accompany the centerpiece of Hagley Museum’s “Unraveling Stories” exhibit, a 10’ x 12’ nylon hooked rug that depicts life in the Brandywine Valley. I wanted to create something colorful and inviting that connected with the history Nancy du Pont Reynolds Cooch depicted in her incredible piece. Hagley’s entrance gates and brick pillars welcomed visitors with elements that are significant to the du Pont family and the site, including fleur-de-lis, cattails, lilies, an eagle, daffodils, morning glories, and peach blossoms (Delaware’s state flower). The Museum’s handwork volunteers were indispensable partners.
Wilmington News Journal/Delaware Online – ‘Yarn bombing’ colors Hagley Museum’s gates
Chadds Ford Live – At Hagley Museum, explosion of color, history
Greenville and Hockessin Life – Fibers in the spotlight at Hagley Museum
Hagley Magazine – A day for fantastic fibers
Crochet Concupiscence – Crochet art yarnbomb
County Lines Magazine – Of rugs and yarnbombs
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Delaware Museum of Natural History indoor/outdoor yarn installation
Yarnboa delawarensis slithered into place as a colorful accompaniment to the Museum’s Titanoboa exhibit. Approximately 9,000 yards of yarn, including a box donated by Plymouth Yarn Company, went into the 40-foot-long reptile. That’s five miles of yarn! Some of the segments were made by volunteers all over the country, based on a pattern I provided. Yarnboa was stuffed with recycled plastic bags and newspapers; after the exhibit, the yarn segments were reconfigured into blankets and donated to the Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children in West Chester, PA.
Outdoors, the Museum’s statues and signage were also decorated with yarn. Multi-colored motifs blanketed the tortoise to create “Shell Game.” The grizzly bear sported a web of snowflakes to turn him into “Polar Bear, ” while a fawn sported a Tunisian crochet coat in “Flawnt.” I also made fanciful leg-warmers for two of the Museum’s signs
Delaware Museum of Natural History Facebook page – Museum Week inspiration
Chadds Ford Live – Museum to host fiber arts presentation
Chadds Ford Live – Museum’s yarnbomb explodes with pizzazz
Plymouth Yarn blog – We love Yarnboa!
Delaware Online – Delaware Natural History Museum gets bombed – by yarn
Crochetville – Some crocheted artwork
Knitting and Crochet – Sharon Silverman discusses Tunisian crochet, books and more