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


5 Responses to “Yarnbombing After A Landslide – Brienno , Lake Como , Italy”

  1. wwwbeautifulyeahcom September 27, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Reblogged this on beautifulyeah and commented:
    It’s the little things in life….

  2. Eletta September 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m pleased to see this article about my urban knitting in Brienno. I’m Eletta Handmade.
    Thanks a lot and, once again, thanks to all the women (those who didn’t belong to any group and those from the Social Crochet group) that helped me in realizing this.

    could you change my name, please? It’s not Elected Handmade but Eletta (my first name!) Handmade.

    Thanks again,

    • streetcolor September 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Dear Eletta handmade How wonderful to hear from you ! I would be happy to change the name . Your yarnbombing is sublime. Streetcolor

  3. cercacasa.it November 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Make Sure You Take Full Advantage Of Your Journeys


  1. 2012 Awesome Crochet Blog Awards: Best Niche Blogger — Crochet Concupiscence - December 19, 2012

    […] She always has the latest news in her niche. In recent months I’ve noticed a slew of posts about international yarnbombing projects. I almost always find projects here I hadn’t heard of yet and often they are amazing large-scale projects that I really want to know about. For example, it was here that I first found out about post-Earthquake yarnbombing in Italy. […]

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