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The Free Spirits Presentation Photos (June 2015)
Topic: Park it Here

by Roving Reporter, Kate W

For several years this group has been taking us on a journey around Chicago through their eyes and weavings. Getting inspiration from the city's great architect and its waterways, this year they delighted us with inspirations from Millennium Park. Paying homage to the park's 10 years in existence,we were able to see the beautiful projects that were created by this group's wonderful hands. Using the fact that the park was created as a landscape-covered bridge over a parking garage to cover the Metra/Illinois Central Railroad tracks which in turn were built on man-made land after the Great Chicago fire, these ladies created towels, runners, wall hangings, and even a chainmaille soccer ball! The Lurie gardens proved to be a great source for Bev Atseff's bead woven butterfly wing and Bev Savel's lady bug. The BP Pedestrian Bridge, aka the snaky thing, going into Maggie Daly Park, the ice rink, climbing wall and the turquoise/green playground influenced knitted infinity scarves, towels in crackle weave, and chainmaille pieces. Our journey ended at the Cloud Gate, fondly known as the Bean, with a beautiful woven pillow. As always, these weavers are masterful at having their visions come through in their weaving so that we all may enjoy them.

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