Led by Lynda Grace, “Yarn” is a free, new series of crafting events for knitters, crocheters, and anyone engaged in needlework. You will meet other knitters, crocheters and needle crafters and collaborate with other makers to create an original work of art which will be exhibited at the Painted Bride when completed. We will exchange projects, yarn and other supplies and share tips for and solutions to problems you may be having with your needle crafts. Come share stories of needle crafting woes and hear about knitting/needle craft and its unique and practical benefits. Make friends and spend time with other makers. Participants are encouraged to bring yarn and paraphernalia to include in the collaborative piece. Space is limited. Register now to reserve your space. FREE RSVP.
This event is part of our Community Table series, a public-generated series designed to promote creative fellowship. It’s a place for Philadelphia’s most dynamic makers, thinkers, and doers to teach workshops, hold discussions, and share ideas. If you’ve been looking for the right platform to present your ideas, look no further. Submit a proposal for your community table to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynda Grace Artist Statement:
I primarily work in fiber and each piece begins with a hand-crocheted or knitted form that is later embellished with an assortment of mixed media, such as paper, beads, found objects and shells. Taught by my grandmother who made afghans for hospital patients, family and friends, I have yet to set out on such an ambitious crochet project.
The small sculptures or “vessels” I am currently crafting are hand-crocheted twine or yarn and are often adorned with beads, embroidery or organic materials. Generally, each piece is a metaphor for the aspirations and truths of a particular person as well as a sacred and safe place to honor their life and purpose. Occasionally, a brief narrative about the person and human connection accompanies the vessel. Some of the vessels are hung in trees in local parks to represent an injustice and the hope the life can go on in new way.
Fiber collage maybe an accurate description for some of my early work, which resemble small afghans. My collages consist of yarn, beads, found objects, paper and more. Each collage addresses longings we all share – a desire for connection.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, I began creating fiber art in 2001 and my work has shown in numerous Philadelphia and area venues.