Family-friendly national artist yarn bombs the Seward square

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 7 years ago on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 10:20 AM
Eric Rieger (HOTTEA) used yarn and stencils to create the installation called “Wildlife” in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011.

Two events will give the community an opportunity to interact with Emmy award winning and nationally renowned artist Eric Rieger (HOTTEA), the featured guest of Concordia University’s 2015 Jones Fine Art Series. In addition, HOTTEA will create new, unique installations of his art in downtown Seward, Nebraska, between April 8 and 11.

HOTTEA typically works with yarn to create installations that co-exist with a space non-destructively and brings attention to neglected and forgotten spaces. Yarn creations like HOTTEA’s are called yarn bombs.

“HOTTEA is an artist with a fascinating background and a passion for creating environmentally safe and beautiful alternatives to graffiti,” said Concordia’s Department Chair and Professor of Art Don Robson. “It is a blessing to have him sharing his talents, demonstrating his techniques and making himself available to meet families and students in Seward, and it is our honor, along with Jones National Bank and Trust Company, to have him as our special guest for this year’s Jones Fine Art Series.” 

Families can watch HOTTEA build his masterpieces in downtown Seward at Jones National Bank and Trust Company and the courthouse on the Seward square. They are invited also meet him at two events:

Open House and Artist Talk

Thursday, April 9, 5 to 7 p.m.

Jones National Bank & Trust Co.

Meet and Greet with HOTTEA

Saturday, April 11, 9 to 10 a.m.

JD’s Coffee Shop

Families are also invited to help welcome HOTTEA to Seward by creating their own yarn bomb between now and April 11 and sharing a photo of it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #yarnbomb. Examples include wrapping yarn around trees, mailboxes, benches and other objects. Some yarn bombers crochet or knit yarn into a design and use the finished piece to surround an object.

Information about HOTTEA and instructions for yarn bombing will be available at downtown businesses on the Seward square, at Jones National Bank and Trust Company and

View HOTTEA’s Emmy award winning video, get more information and discover yarn bombing inspiration at

The Jones Fine Art Series, made possible by Concordia University, Nebraska and Jones National Bank and Trust Company, is meant to enhance the music, theater and art experiences available to Concordia University and the Seward community.