Artist installs crochet exhibit in trees near Pickering Barn

August 20, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 20, 2010

Look up, into the tree branches, along Issaquah Creek near Pickering Barn. Yarn crocheted into intricate patterns stretches from trunk to trunk — a visual representation of the nearby creek.

Seattle fiber artist Mandy Greer started to install the piece — called “Mater Matrix Mother and Medium,” or “MMMM” — earlier this week. The recycled fabric and yarn stretches for 300 feet.

The city Arts Commission and the King County cultural affairs agency, 4Culture, cosponsored the installation. The work remains on display through late September.

Greer spends time teaching people how to crochet. The skill helps participants renew the installation as pieces degrade.

Greer plans a “Community Crochet” workshop at the Issaquah Farmers Market from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday near the installation. The free event includes all supplies and welcomes beginners.

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