Future Tenant

April 12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Last summer, Pittsburgh became home to the largest yarn bomb project to ever take place in the US when the iconic Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge was given vibrant new threads, thanks to the singular dedication of some 1,847 makers. The grassroots project also served an important community service as the installation’s 580 multi-colored handmade panels were later cleaned and distributed as blankets at local shelters.

Now, Future Tenant and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh are teaming up to host a roundtable discussion exploring the community impact and public perception of the Knit the Bridge project, as well as the role of fiber arts in contemporary society. Dubbed Knit the Bridge, Unraveled, the event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the chance to meet some of the artists and volunteers behind the undertaking, learn about the project’s immediate and future impacts on greater Pittsburgh and view a new window installation created at the Downtown art space. The installation features a documentary about Knit the Bridge, a map demonstrating the project’s regional volunteer efforts and original yarn panels.

Amanda Gross, lead artist for Knit the Bridge and 2013 Fiberart International outreach coordinator, will moderate the discussion. Roundtable participants include Knit the Bridge volunteers Lisa Hoitsma, Amy Rustic and Judy Manion, as well as several community outreach organizers from Knit the Bridge and the Fiberarts Guild. The event includes complimentary Straub beer, Jack’s cider and or Johnnie Ryan soda.


Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.