Debbie Coope: Debbie Coope

How did you get involved with art?
Art was something that I grew up with and something that I’ve always enjoyed, particularly portraits using pencil, pastel, and acrylic paint. Being creative is the key! I’ve made: felt dolls; dresses; knitted/crocheted hats, jumpers, and bags to name a few things. That’s the reason why I joined Knitting Communities Together, to connect with like-minded crafters.

What art forms are you working with or enjoy the most?  
I oversee a craft group – Knitting Communities Together – who meet up on a weekly basis working on our own projects. We wanted to undertake a yarn bombing project, which involves knitting and crocheting pieces of multi-coloured yarn covering inanimate objects. It’s a form of graffiti art! Knitting Communities Together want to challenge the public’s perception of knitting/crochet, and encourage the public to connect and interact with their surroundings in a new and fun way.

How does the word CONNECT resonate with you?
CONNECT resonates with Knitting Communities Together because it’s what we do every Wednesday evening. We are a social group and we meet to craft, to eat and natter. Basically, to destress! Connecting with other knit/crochet groups was an aim and we chose the daisy motif to tie-in our individual yarn pieces. The daisy can be linked to create a chain; a connection. It also represents well-being in the form of reciprocated emotions by the giving and receiving of flowers.

Tell me more about your exhibition/event for Love Arts? Where and when can we find you?
Our exhibition is the installation: Yarn Bombing, which covers the three sites of Love Arts Festival. You can find these at The City Museum, St. John’s Centre, and The Tetley.
Knitting Communities Together are also running an informal knit and crochet workshop on the last day of the festival, Saturday 13thOctober, 11-4pm at The Tetley.
Link to event

Have you exhibited before?
Knitting Communities Together have undertaken other projects which include yarn bombing an ice-cream van in 2015 for Little Fingy, which visits festivals around the UK. The yarn bombed barge celebrated the 200thAnniversary of the completion of the Leeds/Liverpool canal, 2016. Both appeared at Leeds Waterfront Festival.

How has Arts and Minds helped you with showcasing your work?
Arts and Minds have helped tremendously with our project by helping get the permission to yarn bomb the objects.