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.

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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 July 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
One guest during my residency mentioned that he liked the larger canvas of a vest better than, say, a small pouch. I think I smiled and nodded at the time. It was towards the end and my desire to take up each and every teachable moment had waned somewhat. I've slept some now so: I don't make my work for entirely decorative reasons.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 28, 2010 - 2:40pm
On the way past the bandshell I noticed that the puddle the squirrels were drinking out of yesterday had dried up. Fog all gone... It's quite hot actually.  More feathers.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 28, 2010 - 2:37pm
It's been a long month and my brain is getting sluggish. Fortunately there were many people I liked around today.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 25, 2010 - 3:03pm
Another magical foggy day. This time with tomatoes and raspberries. Well, that and my first official day without Mr. Horse. I knew it was going to be difficult so I brought fruit. Fruit and Knopfler and Clapton... I also had Intern Extrordinaire Mlle. Megan. Bob the sitting ball was there too. Life could have been harder. Still... even with all of that and the buffalo hunt on the wall...

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