If you thought that the school lacked color, this is your lucky day. The 10th grade Textile students have “yarn bombed” the covered pathway between the cafeteria and secondary school.
“Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn rather than paint,” explains Design Textile Teacher, Ms. Jann Brindley. She says the purpose of this project is to “surprise and delight” the AISB community.
But this project is more than just added color. Meant to reflect the rainbow theme and hippie culture, it comes at an interesting time. This weekend, as reported by several news outlets, the controversial referendum to Romania’s constitution to define marriage as the union “between one woman and one man” failed. (We’ll be reporting on this in a separate article.)
The individual yarn designs were pitched by the students, and presented to Dr. Robert Brindley, Ms. Dawn Kovacs (the PTO President), and Mr. Erik Peterson (design teacher), who then selected the final concept.
Individual Post Designs in the Making
Ribbons Romanian Theme (Xiaoyan S.)
Autumn Theme (Diana J and Xiaoyan S)
Braids (Margot P)
Macrame hanging (Ilinca P)
AISB-Themed Bats (Jimmy X and Medina S)
Arm Knitting (all students in the class)
As Ms. Brindley wanted her students to be exposed to an array of materials, the project deviated from traditional yarn bombing. Careful observers may have noticed the use of a variety of textiles.
“This was really challenging, to learn something new in just a few classes,” says textile student Ilinca P. “I didn’t know how to knit before; however, I began to enjoy knitting as it is very relaxing. I can’t wait to do more of it in my free time.”
Ilinca shared that the class is planning to create more surprises like this in the future and that she can’t wait to work on making them as colorful and visually appealing as possible.
Ultimately, the goal of this initiative was to create a joyful surprise for sleepy students. Mission accomplished. Thanks to the textile class for bringing some color and happiness to an otherwise dreary Monday morning.