The fiber art outreach project Pop des Fleurs celebrated creative reuse and public art in Pittsburgh. The idea for a cold weather pop-up garden began as way to brighten the city during the winter and came to life by teaching the community how to make beautiful but durable flowers from yarn and other recycled materials. Flower-making workshops took place with overwhelming success at a variety of community locations and resulted in over 400 flowers for the 4 week pop-up installation at Arsenal Park.
“There is such enthusiasm for this type of project. And it’s not just because it’s big in scale—it’s because of the community involvement.” – Susan Swarthout, from the NEXT Pittsburgh article ‘Fiberarts Guild thinks big and bright with Pop des Fleurs installation’
The Pop des Fleurs exhibition was selected as the Community Outreach Project of the triannual Fiberart International 2016. All of the flowers made during the project for the Winter 2015 installation are being repurposed for the Winter 2016 installation and then again for the sites hosting the Fiberart International in May 2016. The flowers will then be distributed as small arrangements in vases to senior centers, schools, and libraries.
With a $1,000 Seed Award from The Sprout Fund, Pop des Fleurs helped to get Pittsburgh talking about and making fiber art that the city could enjoy during the cold, gray winter days.
Pop des Fleurs, a project of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, is a large-scale outdoor installation of handmade colorful flowers made from repurposed materials, intended to bring unexpected brightness and joy in the middle of winter through pop-up flower gardens. Skill sharing workshops, led by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, educate community participants about various techniques to create durable, beautiful flowers. The installation is planned for Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville and serves as a grassroots-level preview event for the Fiberarts International Conference of 2016.