By Jason Hawk
April 18, 2014
The first-ever out-in-the-open Quilt and Fiber “Bombing” will launch May 9, turning Oberlin into a patchwork of color and patterns.
The event runs in conjunction with the 16th biennal exhibition of contemporary quilts, the Artist as Quiltmaker, which opens Sunday, May 11.
Presented by the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, AQM has brought the best current art quilts to Lorain County since 1982. Coordinator Ruta Marino is organizing a large-scale collaborative public art project with a Quilt and Fiber ‘Bombing’ beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 9.
Participants will wrap the white oak tree in FAVA’s front yard at the New Union Center for the Arts until all submitted quilting blocks are attached to trees, fences, lampposts, benches, and other fixtures. Quilters and fiber artists from around the country have provided blocks as have local Oberlin residents.
The yarn bombing phenomenon was born in Texas when Magda Sayeg covered the door handle of her Houston boutique with a cozy. Soon, knitted and crocheted pieces began mysteriously appearing around the country as temporary covers for lampposts, parking meters, street signs and other street furniture.
Attached under the cover of darkness and usually anonymously, yarn bombings were meant to bring a smile to the faces of passersby while personalizing often sterile public spaces.
Related events include:
• The Artist as Quiltmaker XVI and FAVA Folding Festival (featuring origami quilts by Christiane Betten), May 11-July 27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, closed Monday and July 4. There will be extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 24-26. The event will be at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, 39 South Main St.
• “Tina Cassara: Text, Lines, and Traces,” May 10-July 27, Ginko Gallery and Studio, 19 South Main St. Hours are 3-5 p.m. for an opening reception on May 10; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
• “Marking Nature: From the Dye Studio of Sue Copeland Jones,” May 10-July 27, Oberlin College Science Center first floor, West Lorain and Woodland streets. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday until May 26. After May 27, hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• “Quilted Narratives” by Marty Young, May 9-July 27, Oberlin Public Library, 65 South Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. A gallery talk will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.
• “Their Twisted Logic: Two-Color Miniature Quilts by the Twisted Stitchers,” May 9-June 8, Oberlin Public Library, 65 South Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
• The Ben Franklin Quilt Show, May 10-July 27, Ben Franklin, 13 West College St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
• “Kendal Creates: Kendal Quilters,” May 10-Aug. 10, Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Community Center, 600 Kendal Dr. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.