Dec 202009


We are SUPERexcited about this upcoming project next year, especially since we’re calling on you to be part of an international public art/craft installation that will transform Canada’s national capital during the Winterlude festival, one of the largest winter festivals in the world. And anyone can participate!

This February 2010, Spins & Needles in collaboration with the National Capital Commission, is calling on artists, crafters and the public, individuals and groups, of all ages, and all creative levels, and from all over the world to be part of the Winterlude Urban Cozy Project. Various warm coverings, or cozies, wrapped around trees, lampposts, and other urban elements will be installed on two major festival sites. The intervention will remix warmth, cold, art, craft, music and the city, and also play with traditional images and conceptions associated with a country known around the world for it’s cold weather climate.

Here’s some ways you can be a part of this project:

  • Cozy maker –> to make cozies
  • Cozy installer –> to tag and put cozies around at two Winterlude sites
  • Cozy photographer –> to photograph cozies at two Winterlude sites
  • Cozy on-site workshop assistant –> to help out with cozy-making at weekend workshops
  • Donation of materials –> to donate any  cozy-appropriate materials (e.g. old sweaters, yarn, sewing needles + thread, knitting + crochet needles)
  • We’re open to other ways!

Makers from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, across Canada, and around the world are invited to participate! We want cozy contributions from near and far. Once we receive your cozy, it will be labelled with your name(s) and city or residence, and installed at one of the two Winterlude sites. We’ll also post a photo with your name, city and website info on the Spins & Needles site. Plus if your cozy is something to talk about, we’ll profile it and you on the Spins & Needles blog as well!

And if you’ll be in the Ottawa-Gatineau region during the festival and want to get involved, let us know – we’d love for you to help out in other ways.

Submission deadline for cozies is February 1, 2010.

If you’ve got some downtime during the holidays (e.g. travelling between two cities) or are looking forward to the slow, relaxing weeks of January,  here’s the perfect way to maintain your crafty/DIY itch AND at the same time contribute to this international project! Plus it will be a great way for those involved in knit/craft/art to connect with others around the world.

For more information, FAQs, and how to submit cozies or volunteer for the festival, check out our website:

  2 Responses to “Call for Participation: The Urban Cozy Project at Winterlude 2010”

  1. [...] forget our call for submissions to the Winterlude Urban Cozy Project – the perfect way to spend some downtime you have during the week, especially if you’re stuck [...]

  2. [...] alert! In our travels, we came upon these trees, wrapped lovingly in beautiful knit scarves! The Urban Cozy Project as it was called, brought crafters together to make colourful scarves and other knit cozies to wrap [...]

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