Cindy Carroll has been one of our most reliable KtB volunteers. Earlier this year she took on the task of co-leading our bits & pieces assembly team, meeting every other Thursday evening to piece those bits into full sized panels. Recently she’s taken on the thankless task of making railings on the bulky machine. Her consistent and positive presence has kept us going…
1.What is your History with Pittsburgh?
I’m a transplant from the Finger Lakes area of New York State by way of Portland OR. Been here 30+ years. I’m a Pittsburgher now.
2. What is your History with Fiber Art?
Longtime knitter (learned at my mother’s knee, and re-learned in college); new crocheter (learned for Knit the Bridge); all-around fiber arts appreciator.
3. What are you most excited about as part of the core Knit the Bridge Team?
The best part for me has been witnessing the grassroots activity of “knitting communities together” that is at the heart of Knit the Bridge. So many of the bits & pieces and panels for KtB came with stories about what being part of the project has meant to the contributors. I’ve loved hearing the stories, and knowing that each and every one is cherished and recorded as part of the project. Besides that, I love knitting in public, and interacting with new friends who share my fiber-y interests (my peeps!). And now I am acquainted with Pittsburgh’s terrific Fiber Arts Guild – is life great, or what?
4. What do you see as the challenges?
Knit the Bridge is an historic ‘first’ for Pittsburgh. That means that everything about the project had to be explored, discussed and decided for the first time, from square one. Hats off to lead artists Amanda, Penny and Kitty for their vision, energy, patience and hard work moving KtB through these challenges, one step at a time, for more than a year. Now we’re down to the ‘mere’ logistics of final preparation, staging and installation, before everyone can see and celebrate this huge community achievement supported by thousands of volunteers and contributors.
5. How can others support your work with KtB?
Many hands make light work! From now until August 9, stop by and give us a hand at the Spinning Plate Gallery in East Liberty – maybe even sign up for training so that you can help with the installation. From August 12 through September 6, make it a point to come out and enjoy the Andy Warhol Bridge in all its colorful glory. Stroll the sister bridges (or get out on the river) to get the full effect. And mark your calendars for the Community Celebration Party, Sunday, August 25, from 3-7 pm – on the bridge J Family friendly and fun for all!