GALLIPOLIS — The Appalachian Ohio Fiber Guild “bombed” the town clock in the Gallipolis City Park this past weekend, decorating the structure with various pieces of fiber art — all centered around a flower theme in support of the Gallipolis in Bloom Committee.
According to Appalachian Ohio Fiber Guild organizer Marlene Gruetter, “yarn bombing” or “fiber bombing” is a non-permanent, non-damaging art form that utilizes colorful knitting, crocheted yarn or fiber to decorate statues or other features in public spaces.
“Fiber bombing is a type of expressive public art that employs colorful displays of various fiber arts. For our guild, that includes items such as knitting, crocheting, felting, quilting and weaving,” Gruetter said. “The installations of the various works are not permanent and can be removed without damaging the structure.”
Gruetter further reported that as her group planned their public art display, they later discovered their project aligned with the visit from the America in Bloom judges this year, and, thus, the group decided to use their project to help support the Gallipolis in Bloom Committee.
“When the guild members made plans for this project early in the year, the dates for the judges’ Gallipolis visit had not been set,” she said. “After we discovered that the two events aligned, we chose a flower theme to show our support for our town’s participation in the America in Bloom Project.”
On Saturday morning, the guild that includes knitters, crotchetiers, weavers, quilters, felters, spinners and tatters, decorated the town clock with unique pieces of fiber art.
Formed in 2007, the Appalachian Ohio Fiber Guild has a mission of providing an opportunity to spark creativity by exchanging ideas among members with other fiber interest and often participate in various local events. Most recently, members of the group demonstrated their skills during the Welsh Heritage Days held at Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande in May.
“[Members of the] AOFG constantly learn new skills and techniques from each other that help raise our awareness in the efforts that are required to take raw materials all the way to finished goods and art pieces,” Gruetter said. “The guild enjoys participating in community events to bring fiber awareness to those outside our membership by providing speakers, exhibits and hands-on activities.”
Those individuals in the tri-state region who may have an interest in the fiber arts are welcome to join the Appalachian Ohio Fiber Guild. There is no membership fee to join the group.
For more information about the guild and its meeting times, individuals may contact guild organizer Marlene Gruetter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 256-1866. To learn more about the activities and meetings, visit their blog at http://apohfibg.wordpress.com.