Tempestry Project: Philadelphia Collection

Tempestry Project: Philadelphia Collection

Photos courtesy of the Tempestry Project

The Tempestry Project ( https://www.tempestryproject.com/about ) is global climate data visualization project through fiber arts, including knitting, crochet, and cross-stitching. A Tempestry is a wallhanging, or temperature tapestry, that represents the daily high temperature for a given year and location, with January at the bottom and December at the top – think of it like a bar graph. All Tempestries use the same yarn colors and temperature ranges, creating an immediately recognizable and globally comparable mosaic of shifting temperatures over time. The Tempestry Project was founded by Justin Connelly, Marissa Connelly, and Emily McNeil in Anacortes, WA.

During 2019, the Schuylkill Center is coordinating a collection of Tempestries that will show Philadelphia’s daily high temperatures from 1875 to 2018, created by 30 volunteer knitters and crocheters. The collection will be on long-term display at the Schuylkill Center to educate about how climate change is impacting our region.

We will be creating an additional 7-piece collection which will be available for loan to organizations in Philadelphia and the region for events, festivals, exhibitions, or temporary display. Please contact us if you wish to borrow the 7-piece Philadelphia Tempestry collection.

We hope to raise $500 for this project, which will enable the display this compelling record of local temperature change and also create a loanable version to travel to local schools, educational centers, festivals, community events, and more. Support the exhibition by donating here: https://schuylkillcenter.pivvit.com/the-tempestry-project

For more information, please contact Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art, at christina@schuylkillcenter.org or 215-853-6269