This Sail sculpture in Eyre Square , Galway , Ireland was yarnbombed Monday June 4 2012.
3 Great things about this:
1 . This yarnbomb was made by the school children of a local school – Tirellan National School . A teacher at the school – Karla Bodeker – saw a book on yarnbombing and asked the children at the school if they would like to make an installation . At the beginning most of the children could not knit and were taught by their grandparents , aunts , uncles and friends. The knitting took almost 5 months. 134 students knit and made 2086 patches.
2 . This sculpture refers to a traditional fishing boat called ” The Galway Hooker. “
3.The yarnbomb was installed and then guarded over night to stop vandals. I hope it was the children guarding.
Creative secret ; Children are great artist , loose , confident , playful , unafraid of color.
Making art is natural .
Aesthetics ; The repeating squares are like musical beats. Color and pattern look wonderful over 3- d shapes, the sail shapes are especially exhilarating covered with color . Wonderful.
I hate yarnbombing puns but global yarnbombing sounds so much like global warming which yarnbombing does in an arty way .
I find myself consumed with reading about yarnbombing all over the world and taking illegible notes in my ruled notebook. I am always getting obsessed with something and I have learned to just go after it . I have been sitting and waiting for a long time for someone to thoroughly document everything about international yarnbombing . It would be such a valuable , time consuming , thankless , unpaid and odd undertaking.
Perfect for me.
So I’m starting a new series here to document the fantastic yarnbombing streetart of others . With some of my undertakings shoved in too.
On that note – this well chronicled North Berkeley Library bike rack has had a ridiculous ending – someone stole it last week after only 2 weeks of it being up .
What did I learn from this .
Maybe that it’s not worth all the trouble of asking permission for an ephemeral out door undertaking that can be easily swiped.
Maybe that I would like to do some bigger legal commissions. We shall see.
You may remember when I yarnbombed The North Berkeley Library for their opening in April - the knitting got taken down by the library the next day . At that time I vowed that I would get permission to put them back up , what ever it took . I knew that I needed to wait a while – other wise the library could feel like I was nagging . I wanted them to feel like this was something good and pleasurable – not arm twisting . After much waiting and thinking I came up with this – I proposed that I would put up new knitted tags on a date of their choice and remove it on a date of their choice . It is true I can’t argue – the knitting can get very dirty when it is up for several months . There was some slow negotiating and I finally got permission. After waiting for 2 months I was feeling pretty neutral , I was ready to do get those yarnbombs sewn up and get it done .
I put up 2 new knitted tags and 2 old ones from the failed April yarnbombing . My friend Nancy helped me sew the first time helped me put them up again which was nice and symmetrical . I think the piece looks darker and calmer - that’s good , it’s how I feel .
For the last 2 months , every time I have driven past those bike racks I have looked over at them thinking the knitting might be there again. Now the bike racks finally look like they have been in my imagination all this time . They looks warm and well permitted.
An article in Berkeleyside here
‘Have you ever yarnbombed your home ? ” The magazine editor asked ” I’m really interested in interior design “
This was a very interesting idea to me and also very funny. Yarnbombing my home ! My home had been bombed with yarn completely in just the terrorist mess way , there is yarn and knitting everywhere. Not in a home decor sort of way.
I like it when some one else gives me some structure so I decided to yarnbomb some furniture . I didn’t want to yarnbomb a whole room , my work is to colorful and I need my home to be a still calm place . But I thought it would be beautiful to see knitting on a small complex stool . Actually I thought it would be fine to yarnbomb 100 of them but perhaps start with one . I bought 2 stools from Wal Mart and sat down and waited for them to be shipped .
I got tired of waiting and decided to yarnbomb a stool I had already . When you have a new idea and you are excited it’s important to start right away and use that excitement as fuel . I had to knit many tiny fussy strips and measure constantly. It took a really long time . I talked to myself in an encouraging way-
” This is just the first one, it’s ok to mess up “
“You learning something new, that is a slow thing “
” You are going to get to keep this, it’s ok that it’s taking your time – time is converting into art “
After 2 weeks the stools arrived at Wal Mart and I went to get them . That was scary , my heavens . However the stools were amazingly good. I started sewing up my knitting . Learning , learning.
When I finished I had looked at it for so long that I couldn’t see it anymore. I took many pictures and liked the knitting best outdoors. More yarnbomby .
I’m fascinated , perplexed, anxious and pleased about this yarnbomb. Hmmm 99 more to do.