Coming soon to Salesforce Park - Knitted Pumpkin Patch Forest!
SF fiber artist Kristen McDonnell of YouTube channel "Studio Knit" will present her hand-knit public art installation commissioned by Salesforce Park.
Trees surrounding the Art Cart will be wrapped in multi-colors of harvest corn and adorned with vibrant three-dimensional pumpkins, vines and flowers.
The installation will be on display from October 19 through 31 during park hours.
Come by and meet Kristen on Wednesday, Oct 23 from 1:00 to 2:30pm! She'll be joining us at our weekly knitting meet-up.
You don't want to miss this!
We had a chance to ask Kirsten some questions about her work. Here's her response:
I’ve been knitting for about 15 years. My late maternal Grandmother was a beautiful knitter, winning many first place ribbons at the New York State Fair. I grew up seeing her knit during her visits to the West Coast. Not living near one another, I never learned directly from her. After she passed away, I inherited her knitting books and needles and was inspired to keep her legacy alive. I learned from books, classes, and YouTube videos.
I began my YouTube channel “Studio Knit” in January 2014 as an attempt to create the sort of video lessons I wished to find. My channel quickly grew and I fell in love with every aspect involved in my side hustle. By late 2016, my channel and website grew to the point I was able to commit full time to my company. Today, I enjoy half a million followers with over 17 million video streams.
As a San Francisco knitting influencer, the event managers contacted me during planning stages of Salesforce Park. I suggested they connect with Imagiknit for Knitting Classes and became excited by the challenge of knitting an art installation among their trees. Working primarily online to an international audience is always exciting, but I was intrigued by the prospect of creating something tangible, in real life, here in my home city of San Francisco. After a hardhat tour of the Park’s construction in late 2017, I zeroed in on 3 trees being planted in the Art Cart area of their Main Plaza and was inspired to knit a pumpkin patch!
This will be my first large-scale outdoor yarn bombing project. Initially, I was slated to present my yarn bomb creation in October 2018, but two weeks prior to installation, the Park closed because of safety concerns. My pumpkins have been patiently waiting in my studio for their day in the sun all year. Using over 16,000 feet of yarn, I have spent over 300 hours hand-knitting 180,000 stitches. The trees will be wrapped in multi-colors of harvest corn with vibrant three-dimensional pumpkins, vines, and flowers.
I’m crossing my fingers it holds up to weather and temptations of little hands grabbing onto the pumpkin softies. They will be available for visitors to view from October 19 - 31, 2019. I hope everyone enjoys visiting the installation, tags their selfies with #studioknit, and joins me Wednesday, October 23 at 1pm for a fun meet-up and chance to tell you more about my creative process.
ABOUT STUDIO KNIT CREATOR KRISTEN MCDONNELL: In January 2014, San Francisco resident Kristen McDonnell founded the popular website and YouTube channel Studio Knit, which today has received over 17 million video views. For more information, visit www.studioknitsf.com.
ABOUT SALESFORCE PARK: Salesforce Park is a 5.2-acre rooftop park with free events and activities; programming year-round, open daily. Seventy feet above the Grand Hall, the Park runs the entire length of the Transit Center’s nearly four-block stretch and is home to 600 trees and 16,000 plants arranged in 13 different botanical featured areas.