20 months. 12 projects, 3 collaborations. I just wanted to see them all together.
Blue Iris, Orange Lily, Calla Lily, Sunflower, White Lily, Poinsettia, Crocus #1 and #2, Narcissus, Sakura Blossom Tree, Paperwhites and Hibiscus.
I started the Hibiscus the day my daughter met the Pope when he visited her school in September 2015. Its taken me 17 weeks, the longest time I have spent on any of the flowers. Not because it was difficult but because life got in the way.
But here it is and friends Alex, Perry and Lauren came to help me sew it on as I’m banned from scaling ladders these days.
“An outward expression of joy…celebrating the simplest of joys.”
I like to think I have an established relationship with Lauren of @causticsoda now and for the 3rd ‘crochet community of the world unite’ project I was right back asking her for help. She’s the easiest person to collaborate with, she magically just writes patterns for teeny weeny little flowers and they end up looking exactly like they should. An added bonus is that people can follow them, even me!
@knitsforlife and @alexcreates made the #icord stems. Paperwhite contributions came from @hijennybrown @hackneymac @nallieradloff @sybssybille @jausten1775 @yarnovernewyork @westykazz @yarngardener @arja_miraculicious @yarnbombingbruxelles @suregal27 @haitchchamp @thelizflynn @tone_b @hejackisej @flower_child_ritz @sidselmichelsen @racheffs @madebylondon Julie Graham and Linda from Brick. Out of 247 crochet and knitted flowers I only made 13 but my role is really in pulling it all together at the end. A small team of us met in December to sew small groups of flowers together. It took me a couple of weeks to work on layout (Lauren always helpfully on the end of the phone for dilemmas) and then sewing those pieces into place. Early January we were ready to install and along with Lauren I had AJ and Perry to help tie on with small white cable ties and yes, it was raining and cold.
We are delighted with the result. It was hard work and sometimes these projects happen during the tough times we’re going through. I’m now almost 6 months pregnant (with twins) and yarnbombing is getting harder. For my first trimester Sept/October I could hardly bring myself to pick up my hook. But besides me, many of those that contributed have been through a lot and this project helped to distract, give hope and feel that we are connected to others right when the last thing we need is to feel alone.
I am blessed to have this community of crocheters around me, on instagram, Facebook and twitter. I know this paperwhite yarnbomb has blessed many many people already and I’m proud to have been part of it.
As I had taken the orange daylily down from Chenchita’s Garden for the exhibition it felt only right to replace it with a fresh piece of work. I love reusing the large flowers, they wash and dry so well, almost like new. I spent some the summer crocheting some new brightly colored crocus’ to go with it. A couple of kids and their parents saw me installing it and said they thought it was beautiful which made my day. I have no plans to take this one down so Chenchita’s…. Its yours to keep!
Prudence Mapstone put the call out for freeform crochet pieces themed around ’50 Years of Flower Power’. I sent the sunflower and she kindly included it in the exhibition even though it was much larger and very different to the usual scrumbles that most people had sent. It was exhibited at Fibrefest, June 17-21, 2015, in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair at Glebe Island, Sydney, Australia. I’m hoping it will eventually make its way back to me as its not actually part of the main body of work so I doubt it will be exhibited again. Once back in East Harlem I can give it a new life somewhere new. http://50yearsofflowerpower.blogspot.com.au
I submitted some of my work for the fall show at the Walls-Ortiz Gallery, City Seminary of New York in Harlem (119th & Frederick Douglas Boulevard). Who is my Neighbor NYC was the exhibition title. My application was successful and they chose the orange daylily on chainlink fence, a framed print of the Blossom Tree collaboration and a framed print of the yellow narcissus. The show is up until January 2016.