VOL 1, ISSUE 5, April 2016
N E W S L E T T E R
It's not to late to register for the Torrington Yarn Bomb...
DATES TO REMEMBER
A Note from Noel
Whales, PacMan, peacocks, wolves, mermaids, mushrooms, dragons and flowers! This is just a hint of things to come!
June 11th is just around the corner and it is time to think about installation. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be contacting individuals and team leaders about your installation needs. We will have a trained team with lifts and equipment to help. In order to plan and schedule our work crews, we need to know in advance any special installation needs. Please contact me at the gallery or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns, questions or information on your installations. For those that are interested, we will have "Installation Info Nights" - check the "Dates to Remember" or our website for upcoming dates.
I would like to thank Ginger Balch of In Sheep's Clothing for her wonderful workshops. Ginger has been offering these informative and fun classes free to all yarn bomb participants twice a month. If you haven't had a chance to experience Ginger's wonderful shop on Water Street, I highly recommend it. I just love going in and seeing all the beautiful colors and touching the luxurious fibers!
This community project has been such a wonderful experience. I have enjoyed meeting and working with all of you. Time is flying by. I can't wait to see everyone's creations on June 11th.
Five Points Gallery
Yarn Bomb Coordinator
Yarn Bomb Well in the Loop
by Eric Hammer
The army of Yarn Bomb Torrington 2016 has catapulted. Torrington could become ablaze in woolen color, come June. Last week I observed amazing finger yarning being taught in the Torrington High School art department. Victor Leger has his Intro to Art Class finger yarning amazing lengths of beautiful loops with donated yarn from various area businesses. Mr. Leger was surprised how many kids took to it, particularly boys.
"I wasn't so sure how they were going to react to it at first. Now, it's all the students they want to do!" Mr. Leger said. The students plan to weave their combined efforts into a woolly knock off of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. If all goes to plan, the student's creation will be just one of many yarn bombs that color Coe Park and the rest of the Torrington downtown area. Southwest School students are also teaming up to create weaving of Pac Man and other icons.
But these dedicated students are hardly alone. Yarn Bomb Coordinator Noel Croce has seen participation boom. Boys and Girl Scouts, are making flowers and fish; Youths at Miss Stacey's are combining with Valerie Manor residents to create pompoms that will drape from trees. For maritime lovers the watch starts here- Expect a whale sighting in Patterson Park from a small but compelled legion of late 20 to 30-Somethings who go by "The Yarngineers."
Litchfield Woods, Brandywine, Prime Time Center, Susan B. Anthony, St. Peter's Church, Trinity Church, Center Congregational Church, and Beth El Synagogue, the Torrington Library and the Torrington Housing Authority some of the groups that have thrown their woolen caps in the ring. Mrs. Croce said, "The goal of Five Points Gallery bringing a very diverse community together is being reached."
And interest has spread beyond Torrington's borders. Yarn Bomb Torrington 2016 currently includes participants throughout Litchfield County, Waterbury, Southington, N. Branford and even as far away as Pittsfield MA. Torrington will welcome all "out of yarners" who come to install their creations around town.
The house is rocking but it's not too late to join the party. Join in! Everyone, ages two to one hundred and two, are presently involved or invited. Even if you've never dabbled in a darned thing in your life you are welcome to join Torrington's colorful community cause! For information on classes, materials or guidance, please visit Five Points website or call 860-618-7222. Don't just think about Torrington future. Yarn Bomb it!
City Hall Yarn Bombers
The City Hall Yarn Bombers are particularly excited to be partnering with Five Points Gallery on this project. We feel privileged to be given an opportunity to participate in the creative process by creating with the members of our community.
We recognize that there is a strong correlation between arts participation and civic engagement, building socially stronger communities that have less crime, fewer student dropouts, more volunteerism, greater physical activity and better health.
We are as excited about seeing the imagination and innovation of our fellow fabric artists as we are to show off the work that we have been doing over these past several weeks.
Each week the City Hall yarn bombers meet during our lunch break to work on our projects, share ideas, and, for some of us, learn a new craft. We have become a close "knit" group and are anxious to have our work of art proudly displayed at City Hall. This has become more than a collaboration, it has been a team-building social gathering; and we are grateful to be given an opportunity to become artists in our own rights.
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