The 2018 Yarn Over Dublin project was the third iteration of Dublin Arts Council’s (DAC) yarn storming program that engages senior citizens, fiber artisans, fiber art instructors and the greater community in the creation and installation of public art to activate public spaces.
In 2014, Dublin Arts Council (DAC) conducted a community survey, the results of which showed a desire for more art created by the community, art that brings the community together, and more temporary or street art projects. In 2016, DAC engaged with the Dublin senior citizen community, Dublin City Schools students and community volunteers to create a temporary “yarn storming” installation to activate the Historic Dublin district. The clandestine project was installed after sundown on June 10, 2016, the evening before International Yarn Bombing day on June 11.
The project returned in 2017 with Yarn Over Dublin: Collection. Participants from various retirement communities in Dublin worked diligently to create fiber artworks to temporarily adorn Dublin’s Art in Public Places collection. Participating groups included Brookdale Trillium Crossing, The Convalarium of Dublin, Dublin Retirement Village, Friendship Village of Dublin, The Grand of Dublin, Knit Knacks, Mayfair Village Senior Living Community, the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center of Hilliard and Syntero.
The six-week installation Yarn Over Dublin: Collection launched on June 10, 2017, International Yarn Bombing and Worldwide Knit in Public Day.
For the third iteration of Yarn Over Dublin, participants working in groups at Brookdale Trillium Crossing, The Convalarium of Dublin, Dublin Retirement Village, Friendship Village of Dublin, The GRAND of Dublin, National Church Residences Avondale, Mayfair Village and Syntero – Mill Run created artwork over the course of a year that adorned structures in the Bridge Park development. The creation of the yarn storm artworks, including but not limited to the selection of design, material and technique, allowed participants to express themselves individually within the group project.
As the installation was on view between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, many participants chose to create blankets inspired by the American flag, which were displayed in the Bridge Park parking garage elevator lobbies. The artworks are currently on display in the facilities in which they were created, and will soon be donated to local veterans.
What is Yarn Storming?
Yarn storming, also known as yarn bombing, is a non-destructive form of graffiti or street art which employs the use of colorful yarns and fabrics instead of paint or chalk. Yarn storming is primarily used to activate spaces that otherwise may be overlooked, bringing new life to everyday objects.
The yarn storming community is a local, regional, national and international collective that shares and celebrates ideas to create an inclusive arts creation forum. Yarn storming is tactile and accessible, site-specific and thought provoking. Yarn storming projects, including Yarn Over Dublin, celebrate cross-generational art creation and craft history.