Crochet artist Melissa Maddonni Haims has three shows going on in Philadelphia making us question street art and installation.
“Cold Comfort” at The Schuylkill Center: Now until April 30th
The Schuylkill Center presents Haims’ work on its driveway and main trails as a way to literally warm up the woods for trees and viewers alike, enlivening the brown and grey winter landscape by wrapping tree trunks with brightly colored yarn cozies. Funny, bright and engaging, this installation entices winter travelers to stroll the woods and see them anew. A small indoor exhibit of works created from recycled, reused and reclaimed materials complements the outdoor installation.
“More Stitch Witchery” at Inliquid Projects: Now through May27th
A yarn show curated by Haims, featuring the work of Marie Elcin, Rachel Udell, the late Maggie Brosnan and Haims herself. The exhibit celebrates the bonds between women and fiber arts; both traditional and non-traditional. Brosnan, an artist from California, who passed away in the mid 1990’s, worked on the outskirts of the societal norm during her art-making period (from the 1960’s until her death in 1994) dyeing her own wool and spinning her own yarns to create fantastical capes and creations, such as a singular, knitted, right hand glove.
“Strings and Things” at the 3rd Street Gallery: Now through April 29th.
Melissa will be showing a new series called “purge” which consists of vintage fabric pieces with embroidered phrases that incorporate her signature knit and crochet soft sculpture. Carol Wisker’s abstract sculptures and paintings explore the use of line in the fluidity of paint and in the combination of fiber with a variety of diverse materials, including silk cocoons, hand-cast paper, wood, bamboo and metal.
The Fiber Philadelphia exhibits will last until the end of April. Check out the website to see some amazing textile and fiber installations throughout the city.