2014 Farm/Art DTour Crochet Challenge
In 2014, I issued an international "crochet
challenge" for people to participate in the installation Invasive
Species, for the Farm/Art DTour, which is part of the Reedsburg's
Fermentation Fest in Wisconsin.
Below are some information about the
installation and the people who made it all possible!
About the installation:
Species are introduced into new environments for a variety of reasons:
to expand crops, beautify gardens, and control pests. Or: accidentally
as part of globalized travel and trade. The kudzu vine is a prime
example of an outside plant that has become invasive, especially
in the southern United States.
Plastic has likewise thoroughly invaded
our lifestyles. It is in virtually everything we use: clothes and
shoes, toys and tools, food shipping and storage containers. Plastic
has filled garbage dumps to overflowing and created hundred-mile
toxic gyres in our oceans. In our pursuit of consumerism, we have
allowed our lives to be taken over by a harmful material that we
cannot discard without creating massive environmental hazards.
In Invasive Species, over 5000
kudzu vine leaves engulf an abandoned farmhouse. The leaves are
made of crocheted plastic shopping bags: the bags are cut in strips
which can then be used as yarn to crochet. The plastic leaves will
climb and cling to the house, slowly "choking" it with
their invasive growth.
The final installation was hugely successful,
thanks to the efforts of all the crochet participants.
Wisconsin was beautiful and I am extremely grateful that I was selected
to participate in this year's Fermentation Fest.
Congratulations to Nancy Schofield (215
leaves!), Maryellen Cudney (126!) and Jan Bishop (121!) for winning
the challenge. And big thank to all the participants: Pat Andreessen,
Holly Hammel, Jan Walkington, Roxana and Dayana Garcia, Brenda Hofmann,
Sonja Nelson, Michele Brody, Hofmann, Wendy Shafer, Beulah Kinney,
Becky Powers, Stephanie Beardsley, Marilyn Kinsman-Kharbush, Susan
Goode, Eve Foege, Paulette Jones, Betty Walsh, Mona Whitten, Carrie
Covell, Lynn Flatley, Laverne Wagner, Katie Schofield, Heidi Hankley,
Mary Rogers, Rayna Thompson, Pat Williams, Mary Jo Colwell, Diane
Weiss and Meredith Hays
Thank you for the bag donations from
Michele Tashinian, Craig Haupt, Kate Black, Mary Lopez, Greg Gassman,
Scott Holcomb, Sarah Valeri, Rachel McIntosh, Juline Koken, Dr.
Don Collins, Charlotte Collins, Beatrix Piesh, Alicia DeBrincat,
Wessie Dietz and all the people of Reedsburg!
A big thank you to my mom Huguette Garbani
for tirelessly making yarn for me all through the summer and supporting
my art. And an enormous thank you to Dan Collins for being a great
supporter the past 17 years!
About the Fermentation Fest - Farm
Farm/Art DTour is a 50-mile self-guided back roads tour by car,
bike or buggy through the beautiful, unglaciated hills and valleys
of Sauk County.
The DTour is punctuated by temporary
art installations and artist-built Roadside Culture Stands selling
fresh, locally grown produce as part of our new Food Chain initiative.
Youll also find Field Notes (rural culture education sites),
Farm Forms (creations made by farmers, area businesses and community
groups), Pasture Performances and more!
Visit their site at fermentationfest.com
and plan your trip to Wisconsin!