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JCU knitting group “fiber bombs” trees on campus

April 21st, 2016

 

Walking around outside of campus as of late, students may have noticed an added touch, making campus a little more colorful.

 

This act is known as “fiber bombing,” which is creating quilts and covering an area with them, spreading them around to surprise people and brighten their day. Administrative assistant in the psychological science department Ruta Marino said, “I thought it would be fun to do, to make people smile and bring the community together. It brings brightness to a winter campus.”

 

Marino has conducted “fiber bombings” before. About two years ago, she constructed one in conjunction with a quilt exhibition. Ever since then, she has loved creating quilts and “fiber bombing” areas.

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Marino was on the JCU Staff Council last year and a part of the Development Committee where she has met with people who have the same interests. When meeting, Ann Buda, administrative assistant in management, marketing & logistics suggested she would like to learn how to knit, and so the knitting club began.

 

The knitting club ranges between having 12 to 16 people. During the school year, they meet on Thursdays at noon in the Rodman Alumni Lounge, but in the summer they will be held in the courtyard of Grasselli Library.

 

“We wanted to make it a secret once we got permission, because we thought it would be great to surprise students on campus,” said Marino. “But anyone can get involved.”

 

Marino would love to get students involved in this active and lively group.

 

“We want it to be an annual event where different organizations can knit their own colors; we want sororities to knit their colors or football players as well,” said Marino. “People can do a lot of good with such a small skill.”

 

Marino has been passionate about making quilts for the past few years. When she was in Overland for a national exhibit, she wrapped a quilt around a giant white oak tree and got strong responses.

 

Marino feels students should get involved in this group because you can do it anytime, anywhere.

 

Junior Emily Mastroianni said, “I didn’t know what it was for. It worked, but I was confused.” Freshman Claire Messina said “It was pretty but I’m not sure what the point was.”

 

“It is a stress reliever. Students are under pressure to do well in school, and this gives them a chance to learn a skill that they can then translate to a service activity,” said Marino. “There is so much going on at JCU right now and this is meant for a sit back and take a deep breath kind of thing.” Editor’s Note: Students interested in getting involved should contact Ruta Marino at rmarino@jcu.edu.