Wednesday, May 18, 2011

yarnbombing pt. 1

Ever heard of it? No? Well here, take a peek:

a tree.

a suspension bridge.

public transportation.

a bike rack.

How can this not make you smile!?

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, graffiti knitting, guerrilla knitting, or yarnstorming is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or yarnstorms – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.
While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places. It has since developed with groups graffiti knitting worldwide each with their own agendas.
The movement has been said to be "changing the face of craft" as stitchers are more and more frequently being viewed as fibre artists.
So, this phenomenon has gained a lot of publicity lately and it's about to make A MAJOR statement in Dallas, Texas in the coming month! I'm really excited! More to come later**


do you knit or crochet?
have you ever yarnbombed or know someone who has?

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