Yarnbombing

New kind of street art using knitted or crocheted cloth

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US United States
Web http://knittaplease.com/
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About the project Edit

Yarnbombing, also called graffiti knitting, is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations may last for years, they are considered non permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The Yarnbombing movement is said to have started in Texas (USA) in 2005 by clothes shop owner Magda Sayeg in response to the dehumanizing qualities of an urban environment. She set up the website Knitta Please, which started off as a group for frustrated knitters who didn't know what to do with their half-finished jumpers and scarfs and so started putting them over door handles. The group has now extended to followings aroung the world decorating poles, doorknobs, light poles, signs, fire terminals, parking meters, etc.. of knitted creations. The activity of Knitta please was at the beginning nocturnal and secretive where neighbors woke up in the morning to find these strange urban costumes. Now it has gained recognition to the extent that formal theaters, libraries now all require their small knitting.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Yarnbombing is all about using the street for making art. As one knitter says : "Yarnbombing is easy to do and can catch the imagination and creativity of so many people."

What is the social value of this project? Edit

While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarnbombing is almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places. The simple juxtaposition of this woven material placed within an urban environment has inspired a new generation of knitters who no longer view function as the sole purpose for knitting. This new approach to knitting questions the assumptions of a traditional craft while adding a previously unused material to the world of street art.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The practice has now spread worldwide - from New York to the Great Wall of China.

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