cold comfort

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is pleased to present Cold Comfort, on display along the center’s trails and in the visitor center from February 24 through April 30, 2012.  Philadelphia-based artist Melissa Maddonni  Haims "knit bombs" the Schuylkill Center, enlivening the brown and grey winter landscape by wrapping tree trunks with brightly colored yarn cozies. 

Thirty separate installations made from yarns, Madagascar grasses and “plarn” (plastic bags made into yarn) appear along the center’s Widener Trail and main driveway, inviting winter travelers to stroll the woods and see them anew.  Additional works by the artist are on view in the main building gallery.  Cold Comfort celebrates traditional handwork techniques with nontraditional materials in unexpected places

Knit or yarn "bombing" has made an international splash in the last few years. The genre blends the crafts of knitting and crocheting with site specific installation, transforming public objects such as sign posts and  bike racks into clever street art. 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.

Cold Comfort is a featured exhibit of FiberPhiladelphia2012, an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art.   


February 24 - April 30, 2012
Workshop: Sat, March 10, 1 - 3pm
Reception: Sat, March 10, 3 - 4pm
8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128
215-482-7300 x113
Mon – Sat: 8:30am – 5pm

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