Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Knit the Bridge

Knit the Bridge!
Oh now, this looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! I've been seeing little bits and pieces of yarn bombing around Pittsburgh for a couple years now; an occasional bicycle rack, a tree here or there.
Knit the Bridge is a whole other scale! From their site -
Knit the Bridge is a grassroots, community-led arts project that brings the many diverse communities of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania together to create a large-scale, aesthetically stunning, fiberarts installation on the 7th st./Warhol Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh.
Quite ambitious and what a great way to bring the Fiber International to Pittsburgh's streets. Artists are already working on panels in preparation for the installation. The Fiber International exhibit takes place April 19 - August 18, 2013, so I imagine all of the panels and installation will be taking place sometime in late March or early April.
More information about participating, and directions for making panels, can be found on the Knit the Bridge site.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Call for artists: Figment

I heard about this new-to-Pittsburgh festival during the July edition of Unblurred at ModernFormations. Here it is August and I'm just getting around to posting about it. Yes, it has been a lazy summer. I hope yours has been too. A little history about Figment:
Founded in 2007 on New York City’s Governors Island, what began as a few thousand enthusiasts enjoying a handful of participatory art projects on a sunny July afternoon has ballooned into a multi-day, multi-city event that drew over 30,000 participants in NYC, Boston, Jackson and Detroit in 2011. In 2012, FIGMENT seeks to continue its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to entire communities, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art.
It seems, from the documentation of the Figment festival in New York and other host cities, that the festival would welcome experiential projects. So, if you aren't submitting, it might be worth checking out what Pittsburghers will offer in the way of new media and those works that blur the line between community art-making and immersive experience. Submissions are open for Pittsburgh's version of Figment, but your art project must be submitted by September 9, 2012 which is fast approaching. Guidelines and submission link can be found here.