Friday, December 11, 2020

South Loop Yarn Bombers On Display at Columbia College Exhibit on Michigan Avenue

A fun read about the Yarn Bombers (via Columbia Chronicle):

Valerie Sherman and Ann Cibulskis, two of the South Loop’s yarn bombers, along with Yesenia Juarez, founder of the Little Village Busy Bees, a club of knitters and crocheters, came together to transform outdoor objects into “soft, welcoming” items.

Sherman, who now works on commissioned projects for various buildings and businesses in Chicago, such as the rainbow pride flag at the Roosevelt Collection, is expanding her talents to an art gallery.

Kate Schaefer, the exhibit manager for Columbia’s properties at 618 S. Michigan Ave., 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive and 623 S. Wabash Ave., learned of Sherman’s work after seeing some of her past projects around the South Loop.

“It caught my eye just because it’s bright and colorful and whimsical [and] something unexpected in a really urban location,” said Schaefer, who is also an associate professor of instruction in the Fashion Studies Department.

Schaefer and Sherman have been planning the window display since the summer and thought the winter season would be a good time for the exhibit since it fits with a “warm” and “cozy” winter aesthetic, Schaefer said.

Keep up the good work ladies! 

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