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 will coordinate a collection of Tempestries that show maximum temperature data over several years for Philadelphia. The collection will be on long-term display at the Schuylkill Center to educate about climate change is impacting our region.

We are seeking knitters and crocheters to get involved in creating this collection! For more information and to get involved, please contact Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art, at christina@schuylkillcenter.org or 215-853-6269

Update 3/19/19: We have received an amazing response to this project and currently have more than enough volunteers to knit/crochet Tempestries to complete our 30 piece collection!  But there are still ways you can get involved.

  • Contact Christina to be added to the list of alternates, in case any of our current team is not able to complete their Tempestries.
  • Help assemble yarn kits for knitters – contact Christina for more information on this, and note whether you have access to a digital scale that measures in grahams and/or a ball winder.
  • Make a donation to the Schuylkill Center to support this project: visit https://schuylkillcenter.pivvit.com/make-a-gift and include “Tempestry Project” in the notes field.
Other Tempestry collections are in the works for knitters and crocheters to contribute to as well: