I was putting up this yarnbombing installation at The Cerrito Theater when 2 woman stopped and asked if they could take my picture . Immediately my teeth got tense . I don’t like to have my picture taken when I’m yarnbombing . However – recently I was on live TV so it seemed silly to tell them – no , you can’t take my picture . In the past I have always said ” You can take my picture if it’s just for you and you don’t publish it “
The next day the picture was up on the internet .
This is not what I’m trying to do .
We are so focused on what people look like that - we can’t get fed .
What I’m trying to do is get deeper where the rest and energy is , to the ideas of yarnbombing , that the world is a theater to make stage sets and have short , unexpected , thrilling performances.
I feel like I’m performing when I’m out on the street sewing knitting onto everything . People like to talk to me and some people really like to talk to me . I’m a good listener , I listen to every word and unfortunately memorize it . My partner J tells me to stop doing this but I don’t know how.
So I was sewing this pole up and a man stopped and told me a long story about how he was turned out of the house by his father when he was 10 and lived for 2 months naked in the caves of the Phillippines.
“That’s a good story ” I said .
“Is it ? ” he seemed surprised .
I have had people talk to me for 45 minutes and tell me their whole life stories. I liked a story that a woman told me about saving and raising a raven . I don’t know exactly why people do this , I guess they are happy to find someone who is standing still .
I love going to The Cerrito Theater , you can sit on a couch and eat hamburgers and salad and brownies as you watch your movie. I grew up going out to the movies and stopped as an adult because I could watch so many at home . But we all miss the festive feeling of being in a theater and if there are hamburgers I want to go for sure .
With yarnbombing I can mark and decorate the places in my life that make my life fun. There is an article in the El Cerrito Patch here.