The Knitting Project


A community-based public art project designed to bring knitters and non-knitters together to create embellishments for sculptures around the valley. Local artist, Suzanne Morlock was inspired by a conversation in 2011 with Dr. Lisa Ridgway, to forge new multi-generational possibilities using knitting and public art. Details of the installations are found here. There are also blog entries covering the project as it progressed.

Installations are scheduled to be up until March 20, 2013 (first day of Spring).

balls of yarn and knitting needles

Location Map

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Location descriptions and links to online mapping are also available with each installation listing below.

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Isadora


Steel Fish Cutout Isadora swims gracefully through Wyoming's near-freezing rivers, trailing her cozy scarf, and leaving many cold and jealous trout necks in her wake.

Named in honor of Isadora Duncan, the dancer who loved flowing scarves. It was in fact a scarf that caused her death as one end of a long scarf wound around the rear axle of the open car she was riding in.

Artist
Kathy Luksich

Thanks
Kerry Grande, Jackson National Fish Hatchery, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Location
3.7 mi N of Jackson on US Hwys 89/191/26 at turn off for 1500 Fish Hatchery Road
N43.53125 W110.73936 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Bruce and Isadora

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If I Only Had Glasses!


cement plaster Bull Moose After hearing the introductory presentation about The Knitting Project, Marge spoke up that she didn't want to knit but she had an idea – moose don't see very well and on occasion they have caught outdoor holiday ornaments in their antlers. Judy pioneered an idea for a pair of glasses and Becky agreed to invent some shapes that others could then make. What we found was that some knitters wanted a pattern to follow the prototypes, neither Becky or Judy worked with patterns. Later Becky found a kindred spirit in Gail who also didn't use patterns and they completed the fanciful string of ornaments.

Artists
Becky Chambers and Gail Hahn
(R & D: Marge Kudar and Judy Pilgrim)

Thanks
Jeremy Johnson, Rustic Inn

Location
Jackson, 525 North Cache Street across from Visitor Center, in front of Rustic Inn porte coche
N43.48657 W110.76270 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Up, Up and Away!

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Young Man Reading in Winter


Bronze Young Man Reading A memorial to Scott Opler, this handsome sculpture was visible from the workroom we used for 5 weeks during our knitting sessions. As the weather got colder, the idea grew to give Young Man Reading a look for winter.

Artists
Nancy McCarthy and Jana Roice

Thanks
Amy Umfried, Artist & Cindy George, Center for the Arts

Location
Jackson, 240 S Glenwood at Simpson, Center for the Arts interior courtyard
N43.47725 W110.76319 Map it Opens in new window

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Sports Authority Elk


Bronze Bull Elk The Sports Authority Elk, as he came to be known, is ready for an active winter. Having just stopped by the conveniently located sporting goods store, he is ready to celebrate winter and stand out in the crowd (now that hunting season is over).

This was our largest collaboration, primarily between a group at Colter Elementary School and St. John’s Living Center. Separate work sessions were held for 7 weeks at each location knowing that their knitted artistry would come together on one elk. The fourth grade students learned to knit and produced the stylish ear and leg warmers the elk is wearing. Late in November the elementry school crew visited The Living Center to share their new found skill and project progress.

Also for 7 weeks, folks at The Living Center worked on knitting, finger knitting and musing about what the elk might look like once we were done. Each week we celebrated our time together with cookies and apple cider.

For the installation, both groups came and participated in the installation and enjoyed the culmination of their work this fall – and we ate cookies and drank apple cider.

Artists
Courtney Cedarholm, Henry D. , Judith Hoesting, Sarah Kariko, Nancy McCarthy, Gretchen Palmquist, Ann Wray, 6 fourth grade girls from Colter Elementary School and 10 folks from St. John’s Living Center

Thanks
David Viehman

Location
Jackson, 455 West Broadway just NE of the 5-way (Broadway & Pearl) in the Sports Authority parking lot
N43.47939 W110.76925 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Food, Fiber and Fillaborations!
Collaborative work on Sports Authority Elk and more…
Gathering Knitting Stitches!

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First Interstate Duo


steel bull & cow elk This stylish pair of elk have just gotten their money from the bank. It's in the saddle bag but seems to be overflowing having withdrawn perhaps too much! They’re dressed up and ready to head to town for dinner or perhaps some shopping.

Artists
Mary Ann Bielby, Mary Cutler, Christie Madsen, Becky Zaist

Thanks
Jonathan Scott, First Interstate Bank

Location
Jackson, 842 West Broadway at Virginian Ln, North side of First Interstate Bank
N43.47451 W110.77962 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Up, Up and Away!

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Pole Wrap


Lamp Posts

A number of students from Jackson Hole High School joined in art teacher, Meggan Stordahl’s Art Club this fall. Art Club was inspired by wanting to give students a chance to make art even if their busy class schedules didn’t permit taking art as part of their regular classroom schedules. The first project was to learning to knit and wrap something on campus as part of The Knitting Project.

Artists
6 Jackson Hole High School students

Thanks
Jackson hole High School

Location
Jackson Hole High School, 1910 High School Road. 1 mi. S of Albertson's. (at jct. of Wyoming Hwy 22 and US Hwys 191/89/26)
Lamp posts in front of school along North drop off drive.
N43.45784 W110.80180 Map it Opens in new window

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Major Bison


steel abstract bison Sue and Courtney Cedarholm, a mother and daughter team came up with the idea to involve lots of people in making this embellishment. The charge was to knit 5 inch strips in lengths of 7 to 10 feet. Fifteen people participated in creating this fabric, truly a coat of many colors.

Artists
Jean Barash, Nancy Carney, Courtney Cedarholm, Sue Cedarholm, Elise Clover, Rae Doty, Lori Clark-Erikson, Chelcie Jonke, Debbie LaJeunesse, Rosemary McIntosh, Laura McWelty, Cynthia Riedel, Lauren Sullivan, Sharon Thomas, Rhonda Watson

Thanks
John Simms

Location
3300 N Teton Village Rd (aka Moose-Wilson Rd) opposite Clubhouse Dr, 2.0 mi N of Wyoming Hwy 22
N43.52793 W110.84160 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Up, Up and Away!
Gathering Knitting Stitches!

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Bruce the Moose


plywood moose cutout Moose like water and with Fish Creek right there we often have moose crossing the road to test the water on the other side. The highway is busy and sometimes it's good to be warned of moose in the area. Local landowner, Bruce Simon, made a plywood moose silhouette to help warn us all of the ungulate's potential presence. So our two artists decided to enhance that fact by giving Bruce the Moose a safety colored outfit for winter.

Artists
Jean Barash and Jana Roice

Thanks
Bruce Simon

Location
Wilson, next to Pearl Street Bagels at 5674 Wyoming Hwy 22
N43.49800 W110.87301 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Bruce and Isadora

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Made It Through Hunting Season


decorated elk sculpture This fall Field Dressing was the first sculptural adornment. Lisa Ridgway cleverly came up with the idea of a knitted orange vest for our bugling elk. Many laughed and stopped to take photos of our cautionary elk, warding off becoming a possible target!

So now that the threat has passed, he’s sporting a celebratory wreath for winter to herald the success of dodging fall bullets.

Artists
Sarah Kariko, Lisa Lowenfels, Nancy McCarthy, Cynthia Riedel and 2 folks from The Living Center

Thanks
Bruce Simon

Location
Wilson, in front of the parking for Pearl Street Bagels, Wilson Back Country Sports, etc. at 5674 Wyoming Hwy 22
N43.49799 W110.87373 Map it Opens in new window

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Uncle Nick in Fall/Winter


bronze bust of Nick Wilson Seeing the elk across the way wearing a jaunty vest this fall during hunting season, Nick had one made for himself to be in keeping with the season. He liked it so much he decided to sport it through winter too!

Artist
Jana Roice

Thanks
John Mortensen, Jana Roice

Location
Wilson, Mini park west of Hungry Jack's General Store parking lot at 5655 Wyoming Hwy 22
N43.49842 W110.87483 Map it Opens in new window

Related
Great Balls of Yarn!

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A Special Thanks


For their organizational support:
Jo Conrad – River Rock Assisted Living
Patty Coursey – Colter Elementary School
Susan Durkin – River Rock Assisted Living
Cindee George – Center for the Arts
Connie Hansen – St John's Living Center
Meggan Stordahl – Jackson Hole High School
Becky Zaist – Senior Center of Jackson Hole

and to the very talented who helped with knitting and finger knitting:
Courtney Cedarholm, Chelcie Jonke, Carolyn Little, Getchen Palmquist, Lisa Ridgway, Ann Wray

This project was made possible by the generous support of:
Cultural Council of Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Public Art
Center of Wonder
Center for the Arts
Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
Senior Center of Jackson Hole
Knit on Pearl
Jackson Town and Teton County/Arts for All
and Dr. Lisa Ridgway

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Notes


All GPS coordinates are in the WGS 84 datum.
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