Adria Arch and the Arlington Knitting Brigade
Knitted and crocheted acrylic yarn
RIPPLE (noun or verb I rip·ple)
An exuberant or playful pattern of movement outward from its source, for example:
1: A ripple of water moving across the surface of Spy Pond…
2: A ripple of color weaving through a knitted sweater…
3: A ripple of creativity and friendship connecting a community…
4: A temporary art installation by Adria Arch & the Arlington Knitting Brigade!
RIPPLE is a large scale fiber installation – or knit bombing – created by Arlington artist and activist Adria Arch and the Arlington Knitting Brigade, a group of 57 community volunteers recruited for the project. These talented "craftivists" developed their own designs using a shared palette – 7 colors of acrylic yarn selected by Arch – to knit or crochet their own individual panels, each intended for a specific tree. During final installation, some rearranging was necessary to fit everything in place and achieve a unified effect; Arch and curator Cecily Miller finalized the arrangement of the panels around the trunks of 10 trees along the Bikeway. Two arborists (using ropes to climb the trees, sometimes suspending upside down) installed the panels, wrapping each piece carefully around a tree trunk and pulling it tight against the bark.
Transforming this part of the Bikeway with color, texture, and pattern, RIPPLE offers many messages. It shows how much a group of individuals can accomplish when they work together. It reveals how, using their imagination, each person can make something unique from the same materials. It urges us to care for and protect trees and the environment. And it celebrates the joy of creating art!
Read more about the project, including great photos and interviews with Adria Arch and some of the Knitting Brigade members, in these publications:
Arlington Advocate: Arlington Knitters Create Public Art on the Minuteman Bikeway
Your Arlington: Now Here's a Yarn: Ripples of Peace to Flow Out on the Bikeway
Art Outdoors: Temporary Artworks by Adria Arch and Frank Vasello Connect Trees and People
Art Outdoors: Art on the Bikeway Endures in January Snow
ARLINGTON KNITTING BRIGADE MEMBERS (photo by Jean Hangarter)
Kirsi Allison-Ampe • Sumita Austen • Jo Babiarz • Katrina Bernstein • Judi Bohn • Lucinda Brandt • Mary Brooks • Lisa Brown • Eliza Burden • Sybil Carey • Teri Carilli • Aurora Conner • Candice Cruz
Dintino • Renee DeBlois • Mary Denton • Pam DiBona • Sue Doctrow • Jeanette Downing • Joyce Dwyer • Amy Ellentuck • Liz Fancher • Christina Foster • Becca Gerner • Susan Goldman • Amy Goldstein • Sharon Grossman • Kimberley Harding • Charlotte Heyden • Susan Larson • Heather Leavell • Karen Lefkowitz • Jennifer Lewis Forbes • Brenda Lovette • Elaine Lyte • Katharine MacPhail • Pinal Maniar • Nora Mann • Susan McCabe • Suzanne McLeod • Catherine Miller • Bonnie Payne • Janet Peluso • Ema Rodrigues • Holly Rossi • Karen Roth LoRusso • Kim Salazar • Carolyn Schneyer • Heidi Sheehan • Dava Silvia • Joy Spadafora • Sharon Stafford • Rebecca Steinitz • Marina Strauss • Hariet Vanderput • Michele Vitti • Sue Wood • Sara Young
PATHWAYS is supported by grants from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.