‘InnerWoven’ adds color, texture and meaning to downtown trees

By: Kim Hasty

Be sure to check out “InnerWoven,” an urban knitting project curated, designed and executed by Fayetteville fabric artist Kia Jones, who goes by her brand name, Kia Love.

The installation, inspired by the bright colors and patterns of African wax print fabrics, is a series of five large-format knits wrapped on tree trunks in downtown Fayetteville’s Cross Creek at Linear Park along Mason Street.

According to a post from Cool Spring Downtown District: “For those willing to take a walk off the beaten path, we invite you to see how fiber art emboldens nature with color, textile and a tribute to Black History Month.”

The temporary fabric installation highlights the importance of textiles and craftsmanship in Black culture. Brightly colored knitwork, are used to encourage the audience to get a closer look to spark their interest and highlight the importance of handcrafts.

 

After admiring “InnerWoven,” you may want a first-hand look at how Kia Love practices her artistry. She’s offering a workshop at Cape Fear Studios on March 10 that will lead students “on a tour of unexpected color from spices, avocado pits and flowers commonly found around the city.” The workshop will offer hands-on lessons in plant processing, fiber preparation and dyeing. Cost is $50 per student, which includes supplies. Contact artgallery@capefearstudio.com for more information. Follow Kia Love on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CLo9O5vri47/?igshid=7ug8l8wo1tbv

 

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It was a gift to make even a dalmatian smile.

 

Stoney Point Fire Department Chief Freddy Johnson recently surprised Fayetteville Technical Community College President Dr. J. Larry Keen with the gift of a podium that’s made from the front end of an actual firetruck. The podium includes working headlights, a working horn and a microphone.

 

“When I get to punch those lights and buttons, it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” Keen said, according to a release from the school. “I am absolutely excited about this, and so appreciative.” 

 

The bright red podium, currently housed in the multipurpose room of FTCC’s Tony Rand Student Center, was crafted from the front end of a decommissioned 1984 Pierce International Pumper Tanker. It includes the FTCC logo and an FTCC motto, “Education for Life!” It was created by Stoney Point Fire Maintenance Officer David Stewart, who began working on the project at Johnson’s direction in September.

 

The gift was in appreciation for Keen’s collaboration with Johnson to support fire and emergency service providers in Cumberland County. The Fayetteville Technical Community College-Cumberland County Regional Fire & Rescue Training Center is planned for the intersection of Corporation Drive and Tom Starling Road. The podium will be housed at FTCC’s Fayetteville campus but will eventually go to the fire and rescue training center when it opens in 2022.

 

Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe, Fayetteville Technical Community College President Dr. J. Larry Keen, Stoney Point Fire Chief Freddy Johnson and FTCC Vice President of Administrative Services Joseph Levister stand behind the firetruck podium Johnson presented to Keen.