Attention all knitters and crocheters: Have you ever wanted to display your handiwork? Ever thought of covering a tree with colorful yarn as part of an art project?

The West Virginia University School of Art and Design is providing such an opportunity by coordinating a unique art event in conjunction with Morgantown’s 2013 celebration of “The Year of the Tree.”

Visiting artist Carol Hummel will work with students, faculty, staff and community members to cover a large tree on the Evansdale Campus with crocheted yarn.

According to art professor Dylan Collins, the tree is located near the intersection of Monongahela Boulevard and Patteson Drive, between the Coliseum and the Creative Arts Center, so it will enjoy high visibility for both on- and off-campus populations.

“But to make this project a big success, Carol needs the help of Morgantown’s crocheters and knitters,” he said. “WVU will provide the materials, but we need volunteers to be a part of this exciting project by crocheting or knitting the pieces that will cover the tree.

“The finished creation, featuring variations on the school’s signature blue-and-gold colors, along with other accent colors, will be big, bold and eye-catching.”

Collins said Hummel will use an open stitch for this temporary project, which allows the tree to breathe without damaging its growth and her chosen yarn material is synthetic so it will hold its color well.

Hummel has created similar installations in Chicago; Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Drangedal, Norway and New Delhi, India. Images of these trees, as well as other examples of her artwork, can be viewed at

Join Hummel on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Arts Monongahela Gallery to see her work and hear about the Morgantown project.

Everyone is invited and Hummel extends a special invitation to members of the Morgantown community interested in contributing to this project.

A crocheting/knitting work session will follow her presentation and light refreshments will be provided.

A similar project orientation, geared toward WVU students, will be held on Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. in the Sculpture Studio Woodshop, Room 2251, at the Creative Arts Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact WVU art professor Dylan Collins by email at



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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