by Rhonda Cooper
Between Terminals A-East and B
Philadelphia fiber artist
Rhonda Cooper, who goes by the name Marbufs, is passionate about rethinking the
typically utilitarian art form of crocheting. Marbufs learned to crochet at the
young age of seven. But it was just three years ago, that Marbufs discovered
the work of Agata Oleksiak (aka Olek), and that experience changed her view of crocheting
from a practical art to a form of artistic expression.
Olek has described her own
working process as, “I crochet everything that enters my space.” Marbufs shares
a like-minded desire to transform common objects from sports equipment, musical
instruments, backpacks, luggage, and sunglasses to urban structures such as
bike racks, sign poles, and columns. Marbufs says that she can crochet anything
and the more complex the form, the more challenging.
This type of art form is
affectionately known as yarnbombing. It is similar in concept to photobombing
where an unexpected action or occurrence is revealed with the underlying intent
to surprise. Yarnbombing is recognizably harmless and the nurturing nature of
crocheting creates a sense of nostalgia. Like other yarnbombers, Marbufs uses traditional
crocheting techniques to reinvent and personalize objects. She invites you to view
ordinary things through her transformative lens.
interventions are an artful gesture of comfort and humanity.