Yarn Bombing. I love it! Our little city was bombed in various places a while back.
What is yarn bombing, anyway? It’s a type of street art. Many people think of it as graffiti and it’s considered illegal in plenty of places. Its original intent was actually to beautify cold, hard places. The first time I saw a picture of it was on a friend’s Facebook page. A tree had been wrapped in yarn, and considering the friend (artistic, cool), I thought it was her tree! Here is a picture of a yarn-bombed tree.
Jessie K from Play Create Explore described Yarn Bombing beautifully:
Basically, it’s legal textile street art…people stealthily sneaking out at night and covering “things” (seriously…anything) in beautiful works of knitted or crocheted art. This totally makes me smile because the artists are not defacing property, and it just seems like a whole lotta LOVE (in a modern day hippy love and peace kinda way) goes into these projects.
Word, girlfriend. I was out of town on International Yarn Bombing day last summer so I eagerly scanned the bicycle racks and tree trunks in the cities. It turns out, yarn bombing is alive and well all over the place.
Laurie Jess has some great images on her site–far more than I have here.
Jessie Hemmons of Ishknits.com also has a great take on yarn bombing:
Street art and graffiti are usually so male dominated. Yarn bombing is more feminine. It’s like graffiti with grandma sweaters.
Jessie’s site showcases beautiful gallery shots, interesting articles, and fun artist interviews that will give you the low down on what is, in my opinion, one of the most fun types of street art you’ll ever be lucky enough to stumble upon!
Colorful, fun, harmless. I was really getting a kick out of our local yarn bombing and then nothing new happened. Where are the yarn bombers? I was hoping to see more bombs(?) but the ones in town are getting weathered and ugly. Maybe the city cracked down or the local yarn bombers lost their excitement for it. I did see some on a fence the last time I went to visit Brittan but (crazy timing) it was removed before I got to take a picture of it the next day. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more sometime, somewhere.
My Lessons from this:
- People are crazy-creative.
- Yarn bombing makes things bright and cozy!
- There is more to knitting than sweaters and hats.
So, yarn bombing . . . let me know what you think.