Yarn Bombing Project, A Work In Progress
Hope University received funding from the Orange County Community Foundation to facilitate a collaborative "Yarn Bombing" project that brings together the creativity of individuals with disabilities with the creativity of the general public. Yarn Bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted, woven, or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising, or vandalism, yarn bombing emerged as a way to reclaim and personalize sterile, cold public places. In recent years, the yarn bombing movement has spread throughout the world as a way to creatively pursue a variety of agendas, including community engagement, through public graffiti knitting projects.
Hope University's artists and crafters have been doing knitting and fiber arts projects for many years, and this project provides an opportunity for them to give back to the community in a big way. Hope University's 2013 yarn bombing project will bring together the efforts of knitters, weavers, and crocheters throughout the Orange County region, especially including those from the disabled community. We will work with approximately 10 community knitting groups plus 10 local organizations that serve the disabled. With about 10-20 participants per group or organization, Hope seeks to involve 200-400 co-creators in the project. Hope will be providing workshops to other organizations who work with people with disabilities, so they can contribute to this amazing project.
Yarn Bomb Project Preview Installed at the Mall
Integrity House Mural Project
The Integrity House Mural was created by the artists of Hope University, specifically for the members of Integrity House. After a collaborative design process, about 40 Hope University artists, 20 volunteers, 3 Integrity House members, and several Hope University staff members worked together to complete the mural.
Beau Monde Float, Thirteen Six Views of Sound Beauty
Developed through a collaboration between Hope University and the performance art ensemble, MLuM, Beau Monde Float, Thirteen Six Views of Sound Beauty is a profoundly moving, multi-sensory experience that takes audiences on a journey exploring the nature of Beauty. Beau Monde Float has received national and state recognition for this hand-craft and technology laden production that features individuals with disabilities performing on stage alongside professional performance artists. Hope University has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Department of Justice, the Allergan Foundation, and the Pacific Life Foundation.
Beau monde is French for beautiful world.
This production is, in some ways, a representation of a float in the parade of a beautiful world.
The Artistic Director of Hope University, Shelley RuggThorp states: "Beau Monde Float, Thirteen Six Views of Sound Beauty is a poignant and passionate celebration of the vitality of the human spirit and the beauty in us all."
Beau Monde Float, Thirteen Six Views of Sound Beauty, Film Version
Director of Beau Monde Float, Marco Schindelmann invited performance and video artist, Ian MacKinnon to create a film version of this rich performance and sound art piece. Some footage will come directly from live performance, and some footage will be staged by Ian and Marco. Collaborator, Michael Raco-Rands is currently visiting Hope University to make recordings for the sound-track. We anxiously await the release of this exciting project at a theater near you!
"Angela's Dream of the Old West"
Please enjoy this newly digitized version of "Angela's Dream of the Old West". This wonderful black and white silent film was made at Hope University over 10 years ago, but many of you will be watching it for the first time. It was conceptualized by Jill Brown, who no longer attends Hope University. You will know her as the 'damsel in distress' in the film. There are heroes and villains, comedy and drama. The entire film is accompanied by Ron Langloe on the piano. Grab some popcorn and hit play!