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Yarnbombing Merry Christmas

25 Dec

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A yarnbombed house made by Michelle Schwengale in Mililani , Hawaii  , Dec 10 2012 .  It’s Michelle Schwengale ‘s own house and her secret is her Ultimate Sweater machine .

This will be a new trend in yarnbombing in  2013  I predict .  We will all start yarnbombing our own houses . The whole house .  Art always wants to get bigger and create a surprise and we aren’t really surprised any more by knitted stop lights .

2012-12-22-14-20-39A yarnbombed Christmas tree in The Plaza del Pilar in Zaragoza , Spain .  Dec 22 2012 made by the great Urban Knitting Zaragoza .

This is not crocheting over a tree – this is a tree made of crocheting sewn over a metal frame . The City Council of Zaragoza asked Urban Knitting Zaragoza to do a project with them , the collective got right on it and made this tree in 10 weeks starting in Oct 2012 . They held 2 children’s yarnbombing workshops to assist in the crocheting .  This is a great idea , children are totally capable of knitting and crocheting elements of big installations and why should grown ups get all the attention ?

I believe the ornaments will be given away at the end .

Knitting and crocheting have always been a big part of gift giving at Christmas and they are very warm , relaxing and unpretentious .  To take something so connected to family and home and comfort and make a huge outdoor tree sculpture with it , this is the joy and trickiness of yarnbombing .  It’s very wonderful that city governments all over the world are commissioning yarnbombing to embrace their cities .

The Plaza del Pilar has had a Christmas tradition of being decorated with ornaments and a creche and now it has a new tradion. I like this , put up your creche , your garland and lights and your yarnbombs ! more here

398683_545251025486687_1310944902_nYarnbombed Christmas tree in Plaza del Pilar , Zaragoza , Spain by Urban Knitting Zaragoza , Dec 22 2012 . Photo by Pasaje del Ciclon .  more here

Yarnbombing And Doing Good

21 Dec

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This jacaranda tree outside of Durban , South Africa was yarnbombed by Woza Moya crafters to mark World Aids Day Dec 4 2012 . Photo by Adrian Boule

Woza Moya crafters are woman who work along with the Hillcrest Aids Centre in South Africa to raise funds to care for those with AIDS . Usually these woman make bead work  and each of them supports around 10 family members . For this tree the Hillcrest Center raised special funds to pay them to crochet thousands of crocheted squares so they could yarnbomb .        more here

This is very moving to me . First – it’s a very beautiful yarnbombed tree , the crocheting is so confident and lavish .  Second – I was sitting in Berkeley Ca . and saw a picture of this tree in South Africa a day after it went up and was in touch with Paula Thomson who organized this yarnbombing with in 20 hours . This is a very wonderful aspect of social media .

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These are yarnbombed trees from Bloomington , Indiana . This yarnbombing was organized to raise money for Domestic Voilence Awareness  Month . This went up Oct 5 2012 and will be up until the spring

This happened in an interesting way . Last year a local yarn shop ” Yarns Unlimited ” yarnbombed a tree outside of the shop . The shelter  Middle Way House  was intrigued by this and asked the owner Mary Ann Gringle to help come up with a yarnbombing fundraiser they called ” Knit to Heal “

Local businesses where asked to each adopt a tree and pay for it to be yarnbombed  . The yarnbombing raised more than 10, oo0 dollars . 23 trees were yarnbombed .  more photos here

the story here

When I read the blogs of people who participate in these big city wide yarnbombings they talk about how excited they were to make something really big , to go out with a large group on a given day and create a city of knitting and crocheting , how exciting it was to see all the different trees – this is a great kind of community . Knitting and crocheting have always been made to give to people we love – this is a big , local , personal and also universal kind of love.

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Yarnbombing The Planet – Nov 2012

7 Dec

Here we have 37 yarnbombed bollards in Madrid created by the wonderful and productive Spanish yarnbomber Adriana Turmero on the occasion of her one year yarnbombing anniversary . Nov 2012

I love Adriana Turmero , she is a yarnbomb chroniclers dream . She works very prolifically in an original , recognizable style with her confident and beautifully balanced crocheted squares . She yarnbombs everywhere she goes { She was on vacation in Maimi recently and yarnbombed and then went on to Caracas and did the first yarnbomb in Venezuela that we know about . } And she writes all about it in Spanish and English ! With dates and locations and every detail I want .

So here is an astonishing little detail – this whole installation was up for only a few hours and the city came and took it away . This news shook even such an experienced yarnbomber as myself.

” Oh Adriana ! ” I want to say ” Can’t you hide in wait and then run out and tear the yarnbombs out of their crabby little hands ? “

Adriana is so unfazed that when she made a video of this action she used a song that said

‘We won’t stop until somebody calls the cops and even then we will start again

And pretend that nothing ever happened .”

well that is strengthening .

more here

And here we have 83 trees yarnbombed in red and white for Christmas in Geelong Australia by The Norlane Yarnbombers . Nov 18 2012 .

I love how aggressive and ambitious everyone is getting. I remember when I was so impressed that I yarnbombed  one pole .

Onto France – 700 seniors yarnbombed The Jardin des Plantes in Nantes France as part of The Recontes Autumn Nov 14 2012 . more here

When I wrote about this on Facebook someone asked me what a senior was . A senior is an older person .

What is so ironic about this for me is here in the states yarnbombing keeps getting called ‘ granny bknitting  ” or converseley written about as  ” Not Your Granny’s Knitting ” Well all this is so silly , every age likes to get together and eat cake and knit and crochet and then go out and dominate the town with it .

And finally here is ” Dancing With Wool ” at The Riverfront on the Waccamaw River in Conway , South Carolina . Up until Dec 1 2012 . more here

This was Lion Brand yarn , Create Conway , Conway Glass and Conway Downtown Alive !

There is a good story for this . Barbara Streeter owns Conway glass in Conway , S.C .  She had a friend yarnbomb a tree for her outside her shop . It was pink crochet I believe . Apparently there was a complaint and the city forced her to take it down .

So now several months later she helped arranged this very extensive and exhilarating lamp post yarnbombing installation , involving  and charming the whole city of Conway .

This is a very good revenge .

Yarnbombing And The Future – Yarnbombing The Entire City Of Genova , Italy

19 Nov

This is the  18th Century staircase of the Palazza Ducale , – yarnbombed by the Argentinian  artist Licia Santuz as the prelude  for the yarnbombing of the entire city of Genova Italy . Nov 15 2012

So this is the plan – in March 2013 the entire port city of Genova will be yarnbombed or as they say in Italy ” bombarded with yarn ” . The city has set up more than a hundred different locations for people to meet and knit -  including libraries , senior homes  , civil service buildings , youth organizations and even a prison .  A prison ! Oh I’d love to see the prisoners yarnbombing.

It’s expected that hundreds , probably thousands of people will participate . The stated goal is to overcome discord between many different generations and use yarnbombing as a method to weave them all together .  And the prisoners too .

This is very moving to me . I wake up every morning thinking I really should get a more reasonable  interest than yarnbombing to dwell on .  Like phone apps . Or industrial welding .  Then as I read about this  yarnbombing plan I feel everything that I hold as so important – how yarnbombing includes everyone as an art form , how it expands this pleasurable social activity of knitting into some thing grander and more heroic , how enveloping a city in the every day creativity of it’s inhabitants is so appealing and magnetically attractive .

Maybe I’m not so silly after all.

You have to keep wondering how much further can yarnbombing go  ?  Maybe a continent ……

yarnbombing by Licia Santuz

more here

Yarnbombing , Giant Plastic Slugs and Rubber Duckies

25 Oct

These enormous immovable slug sculptures are called ” Slowslugs  ” and are made of steel , netting and 40 ,000 recycled plastic bags . They were made for the Accroche Coers Festival in Angers, France and they were up for 10 days , Sept 7 to 17 , 2012 . The artist is Dutch street artist Floretijin Hofmann .

The slugs are placed so that they appear to be crawling slowly up the hills of Angers toward the towns’ big Catholic church . They are meant to symbolize mortality , religion , natural decay and the slow suffocation of commercial society .

Ok .  This image of these gigantic plastic bag slugs appeared suddenly , mysteriously and annoyingly with out any information on Facebook and it is my holy quest to document these sort of things .  I thought it was an astonishing sculpture , heavy and ponderous and also light , silly , childish and scary . The artist  Florentijin Hofman has made many of these cheerful , goofy and overwhelming outdoor animal installations – the most well known is probably  ” Rubber Duck ” in Osaka harbor ,  Japan in 2009 .

Hofman and his interns work for months on his outdoor sculptures and they are often up for only a few days . He tells his interns that in the end they will only remember the completed art and the time of work will fade out of mind .

His motto is  ”  Work Big ! “

He also likes to use local materials and objects that are very familiar and normal to the viewer like the flip flops he used to make ” Fat Monkey ”  for the Pixelshow Conference in Sao Paulo in 2012 . The flip flops are his reference to pixels .

Work on this scale with such confidence ,  playfulness and swagger  gives a real rush of energy to create . It  lets us see yarnbombing street art in the context of other art made to be outside , made to be  interacting with people unexpectedly , art made to be  put up for a short time  and then  taken down . { My favorite story about people interacting with his art unexpectedly was that a woman in Osaka stopped to take a picture of ‘ Rubber Duck ” and her car drove into the harbor . }

This is a quote of Florentijin Hofman that is interesting :

” That’s how my work comes full circle: you change a public space by adding something new, then you change it back again by taking it out which is when you start to miss it. It really changes how people perceive public space. I can tell you countless stories of activists collecting signatures to keep the artwork in place, but like I said, missing it is part of the concept! “

More here and here

Yarnbombing – 65 Yarnbombed Trees Ruttopuisto Park , Helsinki , Finland

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There were 65 yarnbombed trees in this unprecedented and unparalleled yarnbombing action called Knit n ‘ Tag  in Ruttopuisto Park , Helsinki , Finland .  Aug 25 until Sept 27 2012 .

3  Great Things About This

1 This yarnboming of Ruttopuisto park was organized by The Youth Department of Helsinki part of The World Design Capitol 2012 programs . Ruttopuisto Park is also called ” Old Church Park “and ”  Plague Park . “

2 . The Youth Department took pictures of all the trees in the park and invited any one in Finland to pick a  tree and cover it . You could make anything you wanted , no jurying , everyone was welcome . If you couldn’t make a whole tree you could just send a little piece of knitting and it would get sewn into something bigger . The Exhibition was named Knit n ‘ Tag .

3 . The day of the installation there was a huge party , 4000 people came , there was music , food and contests. For weeks after ward people flocked the park to stroll around all the yarnbombed the  trees and take pictures .

This is an unimaginable amount of knitting  , crocheting and sparkling creativity to make 65 yarnbombed trees . 

Lets look at what it took just to make one tree by Palone Design Concepts Store .

The Tree of Dreams

Molla Mills , one of the designers at Paloni ,  made the directions for a crocheted chain . 4 workshops were set up to make chain and tens of crocheters aged 4 to 82 obsessively crocheted chain .  Paloni also decided to include little signs that described peoples’ dreams for the new City Library . The finished chain was 130 meters , roughly 650 meters of crocheting .

Their message was  ” textile graffiti brings joy , brings joy and cures our handicraft trauma . “

so that’s 2 of the 65 trees. more here .

Here are a few more of the yarnbombed trees from this lavish art exhibition.

these beautiful pictures are by Susanna . her blog is here

So I have 3 things to say about this

a. Part of what is great about yarnbombing is it includes everyone , anyone can do it anytime , children , new knitters , serious artist, lone yarnbombers , youth groups , old age homes , anyone who wants to . This is an amazing terrific exhibition and it had no jury .

b. The Art World is so compressed , only a few people can get to be artists . What if everyone was welcomed to be an artist ? What if woman’s work was considered  as something worth looking at ? Well covering a whole park of trees with textiles -  it  lets you look .

c. I’ve always been excited to find one yarnbombed tree  . 65 trees !  I had to look at a few and then go take some deep breaths . I can’t grasp how many people enjoyed getting to yarnbomb.

As well as the 65 trees Knit n’ Tag  also yarnbombed this lovely gold plastic cow.

 

Yarnbombing After A Landslide – Brienno , Lake Como , Italy

20 Sep

The small Italian town of Brienno , Lake Como was covered with knitting and crocheting  July 7 2012 exactly one year after the town suffered a massive and lethal landslide .

three great things about this

1 . In July 2011 endless rains caused a landslide that destroyed much of the center of Brienno . In April 2011 a textile artist called Eletta handmade read about yarnbombing in Aquila , Italy. The town of Aquila Italy was devastated in an enormous earthquake and knitters and crocheters from all over the world sent knitting to wrap around the ruined building , plazas and stairs .  Eletta  handmade decided to organize another global knitting effort to wrap around the wreckage of Brienno .

2. Appeals for knitting and crocheting went all over Italy and hundreds of pieces were made and sent including many by a woman who is 100 years old and crippled with arthritis { Her name is Nonna Rina }. 650 crocheted circles were made by the group ‘ Social Crochet ” to make a Tree Of Life “

3 .  The yarnbombing was to be installed on the one year anniversary of the landslide – July 2012 . The night before the installation torrents of rain fell threatening another landslide . On the morning of July 7 2012 the rain stopped and town was yarnbombed . The mayor of the town helped yarnbomb .

What does this mean ? What good does it do to cover a town in knitting and crocheting after it has been destroyed by an earthquake or a landslide ?  This is a good question .

When a baby is born we knit the baby sweaters .

When a woman has cancer we knit her hats and shawls .

When someone is sad we wrap them up in a soft blanket and pat them .

This is a very old and kind impulse to bring softness , kindness , color and the work of our hands to a suffering situation .  And to bring the same things to celebrate life .

People will make art in the worst circumstances and will keep looking towards life and beauty . Art doesn’t have to be only harsh and aggressive – it can also be tender and reassuring .

And – the knitting looks wonderful and exhilarating against the ruins . This would have been a wonder to see .

more about the yarnbombing here

yarnbombing and The ” Assault on Zaragoza ” Spain

17 Sep

This is # 8 Liberty Street in the old quarter of Zaragoza  , Spain – yarnbombed on Thursday Sept 13 by 100 woman .
3 great Things About This

1 . This yarnbombing was one of 10 interventions done all over Zaragoza through ”  The Assault Festival of Street Art ” .  This was done with the cooperation of the city of Zaragoza who contributed 45,000 euros .

Funding ! Cooperation !  Recognition of yarnbombing as legitimate street art !  All very new and exciting.

2 . This is a huge yarnbombing . There are more than a thousand 20 x 20 squares. The wall of knitting and crocheting is 50 square meters. 1oo woman knit for almost 6 months to make this .

It was made only by woman .

There a re a number of  ” Urban Knitting   ” guerrilla yarnbombing groups in Spain in the cities of Zaragoza , Bilboa , Castellar and others and they often collaborate as they did for this yarnbombing .

3 .  The ministry of culture for Zaragoza described the intention of this yarnbombing was to build a more positive city through spontaneous art and color .

What does this mean that larger and larger groups of mostly woman are covering buses , entire buildings , entire towns with knitting and crocheting ? That this is being welcomed into the tough mostly male world of street art ? Welcomed by huge art festivals ?

Joy , passion , freedom and ambition are thrilling through these woman artists and they are making a world .

Montse Palacian said that the colors of this knitted installation had a particular meaning -

the light rich colors are to express joy and

the dark heavy colors are to express the fears and frustrations we all have .

I am very happy to hear yarnbombers start to talk about the power of their work  and it’s meaning . Yarnbombing is fun but it’s not trivial .

This part of the city  Zaragoza must be so intensely energized by all this knitting , time , effort , feeling and color.  It’s a new kind of house – the beautifully dressed up  house . Like making clothes for dolls , robes for statues of saints ,  ritual clothes for festivals . This is the power and protection that is put into a handmade object through a lot of time , concentration and devotion.

The textile becomes a spirit object.

Very  ,very interesting .

more about this here

all photos by Urban Knitting Zaragoza .

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yarnbombing – Art , Cities , Bookstores and Playing

11 Sep

Luke Haynes – textile artist and quiltmaker  – yarnbombed this house / storefront on Capitol Hill in Seattle , Washington on Sat .  Sept 25 with a group of 17 yarnbombers . The yarnbombing was to prepare for the opening of bookstore .

3 Great Things About This

1 . This building is going to be the space for a new bookstore – ” Ada’s Technical Books ” .  The owner Danielle Hultonsaid contacted Luke Haynes and asked him to make an art installation to herald the immanent coming of the bookstore .  She told him to do what ever he wanted . He decided to do a communal yarnbomb .

2 . Luke Haynes solicited yarnbombers to help him on Facebook .  He also asked people passing by . That’s the part I like – I’m thinking of standing around on the street and asking people going by if they want to yarnbomb .

3 . The idea was that the yarnbombing would draw Seattle neighbors over to contemplate the house and the knitting and that would tune them into the feeling that something warm and wonderful was coming .  Luke Haynes also wanted this to be art made by the people of Seattle and not just by one singular artist .

Creative Secret ;  This yarnbomb was made by open invitation to anyone who wanted to knit or crochet or sew – anyone could work – but the complete idea was held in the mind of the artist Luke Haynes .  So many people love to make art and to work with a group . This can happen very successfully if one person steadily holds the idea and thoughtfully arranges all  the varying  elements .
Aesthetics :  The entire store was yarnbombed – inside and out with knitting , crocheting and – most unusually – quilts . The effect is compelling , charming and suffocating . It has a quality of being boarded up and protected , comforted after being abandoned . The words  ‘Hello World  ” are embroidered on the front of the house which is what a wordpress blog says when you first start one – this yarnbombing is the beginning of communication by the bookstore .

Some of the knitting and crocheting was made new for this installation and some of it was from Luke Haynes storehouse . He’s known with his art for covering the inside of a house with used clothes as part of ” Mad House ” art project .

This installation on Capitol Hill takes yarnbombing a little further along from just ‘ How fun ! ” to a comment on our desire to acquire more clothes , quilts , afghans , textiles , stuff – and our desire to give it all away .

More on Luke Haynes here

More On Ada’s Bookstore yarnbombing here

Yarnbombing – A Yarnbombed Bus In Iceland

21 Aug

The Reykjavik Underground Yarnstormers yarnbombed a bus for Culture Night Aug 18 2012 in Reykjavik , Iceland .

30 knitters and crocheters worked for 6 weeks to make the installation .  It took  20 yarnbombers 8 hours to install .  The yarnbombing will stay up until it wears out .

What I Love About This

The Reykjavik Yarnstormers were asked to do this – I love that yarnbombers are being asked to contribute to everything now , festivals , country fairs , museums , city improvements , libraries , gallery shows . It’s such an act of generosity by the knitters – they usually do it for love and fun not money . This bus is beautiful and filled with finely detailed crocheted lace and fair isle knitting , you would feel like you are in your home while you were out in public . A chance to ride around in art .

Plus it’s Iceland , it seems like all the buses should be knitted . It’s bus 196 if you go see to Iceland to see it .

All pictures and the story are from Reykjavik Underground Yarnstormers  here .

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