In 2019, the Schuylkill Center coordinated 37 volunteer knitters and crocheters to create a collection of Tempestries (or temperature tapestries) for Philadelphia from 1875 to 2018. Each Tempestry shows the daily high temperatures for a given year, with January at the bottom and December at the top. The Philadelphia Tempestry collection will be on long-term display at the Schuylkill Center to educate about how climate change is impacting our region. Join us to see the full collection on view for the first time and celebrate this intersection of craft and activism.
The Tempestry Project is a global climate data visualization project through fiber arts. All Tempestries use the same yarn colors and temperature ranges, creating a 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. To date, hundreds of Tempestries have been made by crafters around the world.