‘Yarnbalmer’ installation at Woodcock Character Center in Wilton

WILTON — Commencing this month, hikers can assume a bit additional decoration on the trees at the Woodcock Nature Centre, as an artist recognized as “Yarnbalmer” has set up crocheted yarn artwork along a acquainted segment of trail there.

Visitors will enter the primary trail head throughout from the Character Centre creating, and, only a shorter length in, be greeted by a grove of 14 brightly-wrapped trees. The installation also features silhouettes of some familiar forest creatures and beloved animal ambassadors of the Mother nature Centre.

“We are normally looking for new and various means to inspire our neighborhood to working experience nature,” mentioned government director Lenore Herbst. “We are thrilled to welcome the heat, colorful, whimsical art of Yarnbalmer and hope all people finds time to take a look at this spring.”

The work was commissioned by Ridgefield Magazine and Wilton Magazine, and will remain by means of the summer time.


The “Yarnbalmer,” Knitiot Savant, has been knitting because she was 14. She retained out of common teenage trouble by indulging in her worsted remnant collection for experimental sweater creations. A textile designer who escaped style only to be introduced back again into it, she built fiber art her regime as a usually means of expression.

Savant’s hobby has presented her a way to stay inventive amid the coronavirus pandemic. What started as little-scale cozies for signal posts has progressed, inspiring vibrant messages of hope in the course of unparalleled situations.

“Knitting has presented me a way to harness my panic through this very uncommon time,” she said. “It gives me a sense of invincibility to sneak out at night time and conceal my do the job in simple sight. The response I have been given in my very own neighborhood drives me to convey this specific attraction to other areas.”

Savant’s set up at Woodcock, titled “aKNITdote,” is component of an ongoing mission to redirect vitality absent from negativity and convert the community’s gaze in the direction of positivity.

“I established out to launch aKNITdote to the general public as a way to interrupt or at the very least change the dialogue,” Savant explained. “The seriousness of earth affairs in every arena, albeit vital to focus on, from time to time demands a balance for levity and point of view.

“Yarnbalming presents a cozy, benevolent, humorous relief from all that is actuality,” she ongoing. “I strike at random but have been relocating in direction of a additional in depth design of generating groupings of yarnbombs, which results in being an installation of kinds. My targets have involved well-known [jogging] routes, magic formula pathways, testing sites and hospitals.”

Savant is out there for personal artwork installations on request.

The trails at the Mother nature Heart (54 Deer Run Road, Wilton) are open up daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors are also encouraged to check out its practically four miles of trails, special mother nature playground and out of doors aviaries, which are element of the center’s 150-acre community maintain.