Temporary Urban Knitting Installation celebrates Black History Month at Cross Creek at Linear Park.February 03, 2021Temporary Urban Knitting Installation Celebrates Black History Month at Cross Creek at Linear Park.
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“InnerWoven” is an urban knitting project curated, designed and executed by Fayetteville’s own fabric artist, Kia Love. The installation can be found at Linear Park, along Mason Street. For those willing to take a walk off the beaten path we invite you to see of how fiber art emboldens nature with color, textile and a tribute to Black History Month.
Inspired by the bright colors and patterns of African wax print fabrics, “InnerWoven” is a series of five large-format knits wrapped on tree trunks in downtown Fayetteville’s greenway, Cross Creek at Linear Park. The temporary fabric installation highlights the importance of textiles and craftsmanship in Black culture. Brightly colored knitwork, black and white accents and unique three-dimensional elements are used to encourage the audience to get a closer look to spark their interest and highlight the importance of handcrafts.
Kia Love dedicated the installation to all of the strong African American women that have used fiber art as a way to heal themselves, to pass along stories about their lives and most importantly their history. For centuries, Black people were among the most skilled knitters, weavers and sewists in America known for their expertise in textiles and natural dyeing techniques. Women would gather regularly for after hour knitting and sewing circles as a way to create clothing for the community and to teach to the younger generation. Children as young as five would be taught the skill.
Kia Jones (Kia Love) is a self-taught knitwear designer and fiber artist born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her knitting journey began 19 years ago when she hit a creative rut and needed inspiration. Knitting was a way to challenge herself, regain focus, and manage anxiety.
After graduating in 2015 from Queens University of Charlotte with a BFA in Interior Architecture, she decided to turn her passion for hobby into a business. She launched her brand Kia Love – a women’s knitwear and home decor brand. She specializes in fashionable accessories and home décor for the daring individual who loves bold color and texture. Her custom collections emphasize craftsmanship and feminine design.
Kia is passionate about slow fashion, the healing powers of fiber arts and the importance of teaching sewing, knitting and textile design to others in her community. By sharing her gift, she’s to pass down a craft that seems to be lost in the digital age. She aspires to educate others on the concept of quality over quantity and most importantly, having something of your own to turn to when the distractions of the world become too much.
“Innerwoven” was made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County's Mini Grant program. The Cool Spring Downtown District, Fayetteville’s managing partner for the Arts and Entertainment district, joined with the artist to bring this unique, one of a kind installation to life in celebration of women who have “Innerwoven” fabric as a means of clothing, warmth, and comfort for centuries.
Visit “Innerwoven” at Cross Creek at Linear Park during Black History Month.
Artist Website: www.kialove.com
Artist instagram: kialove_ creative
Cool Spring Downtown District: www.visitdowntownfayetteville.
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