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Monday’s yarn bombing was the first time folk art teacher Elissa Hugens-Aleshire wrapped a tree in shawls.

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It's the Bomb!

Art students add color to community college garden

From thrift store bargain bins to art centerpieces, bushels of afghans got a colorful burst of new life Monday in Gila Community College’s garden. Students in Elissa Hugens-Aleshire’s folk art class added a bit of whimsy and temporary color to the hibernating trees and rock streambeds by cloaking them in knitted garb. Practitioners of “grandma graffiti” or “yarn bombing,” the budding folk artists said they were happy to turn the Ed Lydic Demonstration Garden into a strange new art form. “Someone put a lot of effort into making these,” said student Juliet Wing as she wound a mossy green and carroty orange afghan around a boulder that she had covered in a larger multicolored blanket. “Someone may walk by the garden and recognize that they made something similar years ago.”

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