11.29.2012

on community

Tree huggers Iowa City
Tree huggers Iowa City
Tree huggers Iowa City
Tree huggers Iowa City
Tree huggers Iowa City

I've recently started doing some freelance blogging for Martha Stewart Living, and my first post is now up on the site.  It's about a public art installation in Iowa City that I participated in, and I couldn't be happier to write about something that has meaning to me.  I feel so grateful to the new friends here that have welcomed me into their community, which is a pretty creative, awesome one if you ask me.  I'm not going to lie, moving from Brooklyn and starting over in a new place wasn't easy for me.  The first year was tough, which is why I get a little teary-eyed even thinking about how kind the people I've met in my new town have been.  I finally feel like I'm starting to settle in and find my niche.  I'll probably be leaving in a few years (Who knows though really?), but I'm just going to enjoy it for now and not think about that!  Well, enough blubbering.  If you're curious as to why people are putting sweaters on trees, you can read the Martha post here.  (I wish I could fill my whole yard with these!)

15 comments:

well-crafted said...

That's a lovely post, Jenny. It takes me so long to grow connections with people and feel a sense of community, I am grateful that I've not had to move as much as you have. I can imagine it would be extremely difficult. I like what you said about it being built out of courage and hard work. It's true. I admire the courage and hard work it must have taken for you to make a place for yourself in your new city. And wow—what a beautiful project!

rachael said...

this is amazing! congratulations on a new start <3

Jay said...

Sometimes I'll come across random items on the street attacked with yarn around NYC. It's kind of adorable and refreshing. Not sure if this is the same artist though?

mareike said...

wow, what a cool project, it looks wonderful! especially in winter all the colours are so cheerful.

Lissa said...

I feel you there. I really love that comment - community taking work and courage. It really does and I often feel frustrated by the effort, but the pay off is so important.

vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing Jenny! I took part in a similar project in my community recently (blogged here: http://knittoo.blogspot.com/2012/10/knitting-up-storm.html) and not only was it a lot of fun, but I met some awesome new neighbors and made some friends. its really nice to see a community together to get something done. Knitting + art are some of the few things things that i feel still tend to do that!

Jocy said...

Congrats!

Diane said...

Well said!!! There is so much depth and growth underlying your comments. I'm so glad you treasure old and new relationships, and that you utilize your giftedness so creatively.

kay w. said...

i hear you loud and clear on that first year, something i know we've connected on in the past. happy to hear you're settling in nicely now, and congrats on the MS freelance gig! as if you're not already busy enough, right?! ;)

pattern society said...

✚ glad the trees can be warm! ✚

la casita de wendy said...

Congratulations for such a beautiful project ♥♥♥♥

Becky Jean said...

This is just wonderful!!! I love this project so much... beautiful work xxx

http://becky-jeanisnotmylover.blogspot.com

wood & wool stool said...

cool project!

saradowle said...

Here in Hulme (Manchester, UK) the local knitting group did something similar, and one autumn evening I wondered past to find wool enwrapped trees (I wrote about it here: http://saradowledesign.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/wrapped-trees.html )

I've only been living here to study for a year and a half, but it's really about who you meet that makes, and the nature of my uni project means I actively go out an involve myself in the community!

Best wishes with your freelancing!

Maria said...

I know what you mean. I moved from Brooklyn to Toronto about a year ago. It was rough for a while, but I'm finally starting to enjoy my new city.