de Young Artist Studio

Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

Streetcolor, Bike Rack Home, 2014

December 3, 2014January 4, 2015

Streetcoloring at the de Young
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Crowd Knitting Saturday, December 6, 2-4 pm
Artist Reception Saturday, December 13, 3–5 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments

Yarn bombing is a form of street art that employs knitted, felted, or crocheted yarn to add color and texture to public spaces. Streetcoloring at the de Young will involve such felted and knitted "bombings" of the Kimball Gallery, of random objects and furniture, and of secret locations amid the building and grounds of the museum, which could include bike racks, bannisters, auditorium seats, and cafe furnishings. Visitors are invited to attend knitting and crocheting circles, felt-making classes, and yarn-bombing workshops. The goal is to create lavishly soft and patterned textile environments, both inside and outside of the gallery. Some of the knitting and felting patterns will be derived from objects in the de Young's collection of textile arts.

Streetcolor—a pseudonym in the tradition of street artists—started yarn-bombing in 2009, when she recognized that knitting made her Berkeley street much more domestic, cozy, and alive. She saw that yarn bombing took the traditionally undervalued and feminine work of knitting and crocheting and flaunted its beauty and soothing qualities in an incongruous public setting.

She has placed knitted graffiti on bike racks, poles, and lamp posts around the Bay Area and Northern California. She has created yarn bombing commissions for the Oakland Museum of California, the Sonoma Valley Museum, and the Crocker Museum, Sacramento. Her street art yarn bombing has been covered in Time, Oakland, and Diablo magazines, on NPR, on Good Morning America, and in Chinese and Ukrainian fashion magazines.

www.periscopeproject.org
www.streetcolor.wordpress.com

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.

 

Artist Studio Blog

The views expressed in the Artist Studio Blog are those of the participating artists-in-residence at the de Young, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 24, 2010 - 12:58pm
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Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 18, 2010 - 9:03pm
You may be in for a fun day when you find a hawk feather coming in to work. You may be in for a fun day when your first visitor in the studio asks great questions and listens to the answers. It's been a fun day when a mom tells you that you 'made everyone happy' with some oil pastels and butcher paper (grinning kids and interesting drawings and all).
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 17, 2010 - 11:27am
Ok, so we aren't always brilliant are we?

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