An old-growth forest, through its great age, exhibits unique ecological features and is often home to rare, threatened, and endangered species of plants and animals, making them ecologically significant. Unfortunately, many of our old-growth forest stands are threatened by habitat destruction at the invasive hands of man. This exhibition hopes to address the wonders and perils of the forest by creating an environment which is at once unique and fantastic, dangerous and bizarre, and by acknowledging that one day the built environment may be all that's left us.
In November of 2011, the Arroyo Arts Collective and Yarn Bombing Los Angeles invited artists from all over the world to participate in Forest, For the Trees, a built-environment site specific fiber based installation. It was initially assembled in the Annex section of the Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, and later sprouted in the window of the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Artists, whose talents extend from novice to expert crafters, have created trees, groundcover, animals, water, rain and much more. Works use standard, recycled, and unusual materials, and/or push the knit/crochet envelope, and with each new venue, the Forest continues to grow.
Both groups would like to thank everyone who contributed to the previous projects, including Lions Brand Yarn, ARTSgarage, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Heritage Square Museum, and the Fiber Studio at Studio Channel Islands.
Heather Hoggan is a native of Los Angeles, California. She is a board member and long time co-president of the Arroyo Arts Collective (AAC); a community based arts organization dedicated to the development and presentation of creative events in the Northeast Los Angeles area. She is also an active member in Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA), a group of yarn artists who display their craft in public and private spaces.
The Arroyo Arts Collective was established in 1989, as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles. The mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate while fostering an awareness of the creative vitality of Northeast Los Angeles. More information about the collective can be found on their website: http://ArroyoArtsCollective.org/
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles is a group of guerrilla knitters who originally came together in October 2010 for "Fig KnitOn" L.A.'s first large scale public graffiti yarn installation/exhibition and the "Yarn Bombing 18th St" installation at the 18th Street Arts. More information about the group can be found on their website:http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/