Behind a pile of brightly colored yarn, atop a hand-made wood table in the Moniker Warehouse, Geofrey Redd can be found meticulously hammering nails into their exact mark onto a wood canvas. Often starting a project based on a favorite doodle, Redd then maps out the skeleton of the piece using nails before stringing yarn back and forth to fill spaces. The end result, elaborate works of often playful and seriously impressive yarn art he calls Yarns & Noble.
It all started when Redd’s friends loved a 3-D origami piece he created which led him to brainstorm other spin offs of childhood art projects he once enjoyed. Recalling one of his favorite geometry lessons of making spirographs in school, he attempted his first modernization using nails and yarn to resemble his dog’s face. Ever since, he has been building upon his skill with increasingly elaborate pieces.
Merely observing the array of imaginative and colorful Yarns & Noble creations, one might never guess Redd has a serious side to him. Born in Waynesboro, Georgia, Redd joined the Navy in 2002 and served for 5 years as a combat medic for the Marines. During his service in Iraq, Redd received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for heroic achievement in which he saved the lives of two wounded Marines. After being deployed to Okinawa for a couple of years and other places, Redd found his way to San Diego where he attended the Art Institute.
When we caught up with Redd in studio, he was finishing up a couple of pieces for his next show May 1st at GALLERY 1988 (WEST) in Los Angeles called “IDIOT BOX 2.” “It’s a bunch of artists doing stuff of their favorite tv shows. I’m doing mine on Regular Show – which isn’t my favorite, but its one of them.” Keep an eye out for Redd’s other creative outlets as an author of children’s books and latest collaboration with illustrator Karen Warner in Spain on a story he wrote about a Unicorn that gets bitten by a Vampire. “She’s doing some seriously amazing illustrations that we’re not sharing just yet, i’m blown away by what she’s doing though!”
Photos and article by Carly Ealey
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