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.

Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 14, 2010 - 10:15am
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 14, 2010 - 10:08am
Last Friday I did a poetry reading elsewhere, so I had not yet experienced the gallery on a Friday evening. Wow. Just wow.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 11, 2010 - 2:57pm
After questions about my background, my religion and alternately about my inspiration and vision, the most commonly asked question I've had in the gallery so far is 'How did you learn to do this stuff?' I'm sure that other Native artists have other answers to that question but here is a bit of an answer for me. I use a number of different beading techniques in my work.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 10, 2010 - 4:09pm
Someone asked me today where I got my beads. I have two stores I like to order from online. I have one place I like to go and poke through.  I have a serious bead collection myself. When community members see me bead they often donate things they think I'll like. Finally, I am  often given collections of beads from people who have passed.

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