Alexis Turner, Fibers and Material Studies major, yarnbombing for "Qualities of Life in Philadelphia" PhillyWorks.
Alexis Turner, Fibers and Material Studies major, has an internship with artist Jessie Hemmons, who owns a company called Ishknits and does "yarnbombing" all over the city. Yarnbombing is basically street art using crochet and knitting, and is becoming increasingly popular. For this particular project, Alexis and Jesse worked with PhillyWorks on a show with the theme "Qualities of Life in Philadelphia". Several different artists participated in the show. They covered the doorway, the window bars, a planter, and a street lamp to bring attention to the space. The building was abandoned and is going to be torn down. They are allowed to leave the knit pieces up until it gets knocked down. The building is on the corner of 18th and Christian St. in South Philadelphia, check it out while its still up! www.ishknits.com
Tyler School of Art is located on Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia, PA. The Fibers & Materials Studies Program offers both BFA and MFA degrees with a strong interdisciplinary approach toward traditional textile processes in combination with innovative contemporary techniques. The The Fibers & Materials Studies curriculum teaches technical skills to allow students to explore possibilities through loom and off-loom processes, dyeing and printing and digital output. The Fibers & Materials Studies courses encourage the use and experimentation of both traditional and non-traditional materials as diverse as Tyvek, latex rubber, wax, resin, and plant matter. Student work investigates two and three dimensions including wall pieces, wearables, indoor and outdoor sculptural installations, and book forms. To learn more about the program, please visit Tyler School of Art, Fibers & Materials Studies.