ART TREND: Yarn Bombing

ART TREND: Yarn Bombing A big thank you goes out to Hall Five members, Victoria Redshaw and Phil Pond of Scarlet Opus for introducing me to “Yarn Bombing” – Phil writes,
” I (recently) became aware of “Yarn Bombing” – the act of making and installing knitted and crocheted pieces in public places, and began to appreciate it as an emerging Street Art. Also known as Knit & crochet graffiti, this guerrilla practice started in the USA, but gradually spread to become an international movement with wonderfully woolly installations creeping their way around parking meters, benches and statues across the world. My favoured source for keeping up-to-date on these joyful projects is Mandy Moore & Leanne Prain’s blog Yarn Bombing which provides comprehensive and passionate coverage of the work of Guerrilla Knitters.
Unusually Yarn Bombing is a predominantly female-dominated Street Art, bringing a refreshing injection of colour, softness and femininity to the hard, grey, masculine aesthetic of our cities. Mandy agrees that “the juxtaposition of soft, impermanent, handmade objects with the hard, impersonal urban landscape is striking, and inspires people in such a variety of ways! Some crafters seem affronted by the idea of using your time and skill to make something, and then abandoning it to an uncertain fate; we feel that it offers unique opportunities for artistic expression!”

Mandy and Leanne have been fans of yarn bombing since they first heard about it, but it wasn’t until they began writing their first book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffitiin 2009 that they started actively yarn bombing themselves – “We don’t do a lot of it, but it is so fun and rewarding when we do!” There is no coherent yarn bombing manifesto or agenda. Different groups do it for different reasons; to elevate the perception of needlecrafts, as an exciting secret hobby and Mandy believes “many bombers simply do it to delight themselves and others!”

The New York Times ran a comprehensive article about yarn-bombing in May 2011, Graffitti’s cosy, feminine side. The accompanying image happens to be very timely now as it was of the Wall Street bull shrouded in a pink and blue camouflaged cover made of crochet. The work is attributed to Agata Oleksiak, 33 who has been enshrouding humans, bicycles and swimming pools in neon-colored crochet since 2003. She told The Times,
“I don’t yarn bomb, I make art,” Olek, as she prefers to be called, blanketed the “Charging Bull” statue near Wall Street in a pink and purple cozy, and uploaded a video of it to YouTube. “If someone calls my bull a yarn bomb, I get really upset,”

Monday, October 17, 2011 · Categories: Consumer Intelligence, Art and Photography, Trend Analysis
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