Intertwine: Verb: to twist (things) together; to become mutually involved. Homeless shelters, yarn and art
Intertwine is a community-wide effort to yarn-bomb the facade of Design on Main, a more than 130-year-old, two-story building located within the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames. Since last August participants from 14 states have knitted and crocheted handmade panels that tell their own visual story as part of the collective whole that aims to speak to the ways our stories and lives Intertwine. The participants themselves are as diverse as the crocheted panels that they have lovingly created. Ages of participants range from 9 to 93 and include school children, retirement community members, fiber artists from across the US, Iowa State University students, faculty and staff, alumni, along with countless knitters and crocheters from Iowa.
Various “block parties” and knitting clinics have been held in the Ames community to facilitate work time and maintain interest in the project. Not only has this been a great opportunity to donate time, materials and talent, many volunteers from the community have come forward to teach fundamentals of knitting and crocheting as well as learning from and enjoying each other’s company. Over 1,000 squares have been submitted!
For the month of May 2016, the entire front facade of the Design on Main building at 203 Main Street, will be covered in a giant multicolored “quilt” created by stitching together thousands of 1-foot-square knitted and crocheted panels in 4-foot-by-8-foot segments.
The opening for the exhibition and knit-bombing will be Friday, May 13 from 6-9 pm, free and open to the public and will be displayed May 13th through June 1st in conjunction with an exhibition by central Iowa fiber artists, including Rachel Buse, Chris Martin, Catherine Reinhart, Kristin Roach, Teresa Paschke, Cindy Gould, and Tibi Chelcea, among others, in the Design on Main Gallery.
Once installed, visitors are encouraged to approach and interact with the building and surfaces. After the installation ends, the panels will be professionally cleaned, fashioned into blankets, and donated to homeless and women’s shelters in the Ames area.
This project is generously supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Burning Man. See this collaborative transformation for yourself and become “Intertwined!”