In addition to its popularity for use in knitting circles and Etsy stores, yarn has plenty of other applications. As art, for example. What better way to use a lot of leftover yarn than in a massive, interactive art project?
This Thursday, the Bakehouse Art Complex will be wrapping Gramps in yarn, all to celebrate its new Upper Crust Membership program.
"One of our fiber artists has been wanting to do to do a yarn bombing for a long time, and we thought this would be a creative and fun way to both partner with one of our favorite local businesses and also launch our new Upper Crust membership program in an artistic way," says BAC Executive Director Marte Siebenhar.
"This will be the Bakehouse’s own take on yarn bombing. We will merge tradition, having people knitting live and providing guests the chance to use what they knit to wrap the Backyard of Gramps, and we will also offer a more 'freestyle' approach, simply having guests create their own patterns with long stretches of yarn tied together," Siebenhar adds.
In addition to the yarn bombing, guests will sip from specialty cocktails and learn more about what Bakehouse is up to. Also, feel free to bring your own yarn, should you happen to have some.
"We will be bringing some yarn, but we encourage and welcome any additional yarn and fibers people would like to contribute. This is a great way to get rid of the yarn from any abandoned crafts projects."
The event is free to attend, and the BAC will also be offering discounts on the Upper Crust membership — a program which offers exclusive invites to art-themed happy hours; special benefits for BAC's Lucky You Fine Art Raffle event; and discounts on classes, curated tours, passes to art fairs, and special event invitations during Miami Art Week. Basically, it's your chance at an art-centric social life.
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"We will be offering a 10 percent discount to the first five people who sign up for an Upper Crust membership. Memberships are $150 for an individual and $200 for a couple," says Siebenhar.
So go fling some yarn and get social. Now's your chance to make an entry into the art world.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. For information or tickets, visit eventbrite.com.