CALLING ALL NEEDLES: A Community Fiber Project


 "From the Lake No. 1" by Georgia O’Keeffe

If you're a knitter/crocheter/fiber artist in the Des Moines area, I'm sure you've heard about The Des Moines Art Center's re-imagining of the iconic painting "From the Lake No. 1" by Georgia O’Keeffe! I'm pretty excited about this and will definitely be participating. I lovingly remember studying Georgia's paintings in Art History class and I love this opportunity to help recreate her art in 3D! Piece by piece, the Art Center will be constructing a large-scale community-made tapestry to be displayed on the Richard Meier building of the Art Center. They hope to capture the tone, color, and character of this artwork by assembling hundreds of individual fiber submissions.


The Art Center is providing yarn for you to use if you wish, or you can work with your own synthetic yarn in the same color scheme/palette of the painting. How does this work? Using any technique you like, create a submission no larger than 12 x 12 inches. Submissions should be solid in color, but if you'd like to contribute color work, you may. Submissions are due on June 21st at the Art Center, and there will be a grand unveiling and contributor appreciation event on July 10th from 5–7:30 p.m. You can also join in the public knitting circles in the Art Center lobby! You can find more info here and join the Facebook event here. (Join in – this will be so much fun!)

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