Topangan Featured in Autry Art Installation

Judy Lewis’ poppy piece was displayed in the larger “Garden” panel at the Autry Museum.

Judy Richards, a core member of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA), hosted a Sages outing at the Autry Museum of the American West on June 8 to see a special exhibit, “California Landscapes,” a fiber art installation, also known as “yarn bombing.”

The exhibit, she explained, was “a collection of California-inspired landscapes that have been interpreted in fiber: knit, crochet and upcycled sweaters. There was a total of 35 pieces in the show, created by more than 70 participants curated by YBLA.

Richards, a recent East Coast transplant to Topanga, had a California Poppy in the landscape show That was inspired by her first sight of poppies, just last year.

During the exhibit, which ran from March through June 25, she also hosted two workshops on creating lavender and sunflowers out of yarn.

YBLA is a fiber arts community that engages thousands of people online, worldwide and locally in the Los Angeles area, where it has collaborated with city governments, museums, alternative art spaces and public spaces to create thought-provoking, community-generated public art installations.

Remember when the Topanga Library was “yarn bombed?” Now we know the guerrillas who did it. Look for more about this group in a future profile.

We do have a creative yarn bunch up here,” Richards said.


By Michele Johnson


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