Trees add to community fabric

OBSERVER Staff Writer

Seeing colorful designs on trees throughout the city of Dunkirk? That’s because students in Associate Professor Leesa Rittelmann’s art class at SUNY Fredonia donated yarn bombs for the Dunkirk Historic House Tour as a community project.

The yarn bombs are set up in front of the various stops that will be on the Sept. 7 tour for an artistic twist.

The designs were originally created as part of an art display near Rockefeller Arts Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus last spring.

Yarn bombing is an increasingly popular movement that involves a spontaneous public installation of knitting, crochet or yarn handiwork. Many people trace the beginning of yarn bombs to a simple, custom-made door handle cozy that Texas shop owner Magda Sayeg crocheted for her business in 2005.