Yarnbombing And Confession -The Cerrito Theater

28 Dec

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 “

This time I gritted my teeth and just said “Yes .

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.

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3 Responses to “Yarnbombing And Confession -The Cerrito Theater”

  1. collabcrochet December 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the idea of yarnbombing. Its actually become an obsession of mine lately. I want to just go for it, but Im afraid of how it would be received in my town. Words of encouragement?

    • streetcolor December 29, 2011 at 10:16 am #

      Start small ,do it for your own entertainment , take pictures and your town might love it !

  2. Oakland Daily Photo January 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I see you yarnbombed a stop sign in Jingletown, too. It’s fun to see your work around town.

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