Holiday fiber arts tree

Written on 12/31/2020
Block Island Times

After only a few weeks of planning, island resident Sue Brown Black has almost realized her latest dream of creating a community art project that anyone can contribute to, and everyone can enjoy.

The idea was to create a tree-shaped frame and cover it with “granny squares,” the traditional crocheted square that has been the basis of blankets for decades. The inspiration was a photo of a similar tree from Italy that went viral.

Besides everyone she knew that either crocheted, knit, or wove, who were all prodded to make the six-by-six inch squares to cover the tree, Black quickly enlisted the help of Aymar Ccopacatty to help with the frame, and the former Block Island resident rose to the challenge.

The frame itself is a work of art and was designed and executed by Aymar with assistance from his father, world-reknowned sculptor Peruko Ccopacatty. For those not familiar with the name, Peruko Ccopacatty created the works of art out of old rusty oil drums that adorn the Transfer Station, years ago.

When Sue B. (as she is known) picked up and delivered the tree from the Ccopacatty’s workshop on the mainland, it wasn’t quite what was expected.

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