I recently discovered that June 9th is International Yarn Bombing Day. The origins of yarn bombing (or knit graffiti) are often debated, but it is said to have begun in Texas, USA in 2005. Colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn are displayed in public places, often by anonymous crafters.
It got me thinking about whether I would ever have the confidence or skills to participate in a yarn bombing. What motivates people? Is it just a fun way to express creativity, or are there statements to be made? Whatever the idea behind a yarn bomb, it sure is a fun way to decorate a street or item, and it’s bound to make people stop and smile.
My yarn bombing research led me to rediscover all the recent knit graffiti I had seen online and in the national and local news.
Some of you may have seen the recent press about guerrilla knitwear artist Olek’s crocheted outfits for Anthony Gormley sculptures on Crosby Beach, Merseyside. Although the sculptures have been on the beach since 2005, Olek wanted to transform the sculptures into something new. She says “By covering them and giving them a new skin, I made them more alive”. Would this be the same for a tree? Or a railing? I know if I discovered a branch covered in a multicoloured plethora of yarn, it would certainly make me notice the tree when I would have otherwise walked on by.
It’s said to be technically illegal to yarn bomb (considered a form of graffiti), but many local knitting groups are embracing the trend and I even discovered a recent yarn bomb in the nearby city of Norfolk.
The Norfolk Ninja Knitters spruced up lamposts and sculptures outside the City Hall, but sadly the council removed the yarn bombs
These yarn bombs I found on pinterest are really inspiring….
I love this London phone box, with Big Ben as the backdrop!
Source: www.knitthecity.com / Image © Knit the City
This one would really make people think twice about dodging parking fees…..
I wonder how long this tree yarn bomb took?
If you want to follow more yarn bombing activities check out the Canadian yarn bombing blog by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain. They have even written a book on the subject and are bound to be updating the blog on today’s events across the globe.
Have you spotted a great yarn bomb in your area? Have you ever yarn bombed?