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

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 – 65 Yarnbombed Trees Ruttopuisto Park , Helsinki , Finland

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 – A Yarnbombed Bus In Iceland

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 .

Yarnbombing And The Seattle Mariner’s Glove

                                                                                                             photo by Suzanne Tidwell

The Seattle Mariner’s Baseball Glove sculpture outside Safeco Stadium yarnbombed July 26 2012 .

3  Great Things About This

1 . The Glove was yarnbombed for Stitch And Pitch , A festive occasion for people who like to knit and cheer at baseball games .  And there are many.

2. This was knit through World Visions U.S.A. with Knit for Kids Initiative . That means all the knitting will be sent to children when this yarnbomb is taken down . The knitting itself was done by Pacific Fibers with the great Seattle yarnbomber Suzanne Tidwell consulting and knitting the spine .

3. The first pitch at the game was thrown out by writer Debbie MacComber who often writes about knitting .  I think more knitting writers should go into professional baseball . Also The Mariners won .

Creative secret :   We all need a reason to create . We need to have it clear in our mind – or we won’t create – we will  just wash the dishes instead .

Here are 2  great reasons – make a great yarnbomb  to delight the Mariners baseball fans  and then give all the knitting to children afterwards .  Art and charity and knitting  .

Aesthetics  ;  A giant knitted glove  – your eye can clearly see that this is a baseball glove and it’s so humorous to see it knit . We all have had knitted gloves to wear so when you look at the knitting you can feel it in your body  .  It’s beautiful and reassuring at the same time .

more about Suzanne Tidwell here

Yarnbombing And Knitted Tractors

This yarnbombed tractor was created by The Athenry Craft And Chat group for The Athenry Agricultural Show in Galway Ireland July 8 2012.  Photo By  Helen Jennings .

3 Great Things About This

1.This tractor was knitted over 4 months by 29 members of the Craft group . How they must have chortled together imagining a tractor !!! covered in knitting . And crocheting  .

2 . How does one come up with an idea like ” You know – we should yarnbomb a tractor ! ”

This is how :   A member of this group was busy yarnbombing with A Galway university knitting group . { It seems that everyone in Galway yarnbombs with great fortitude , even the children } So this woman was talking to a member of The Athenry Agricultural Show who thought a yarnbombed tractor would be a great draw for the show . So they found a farmer with a restored tractor and persuaded him that it should be yarnbombed .

3. This tractor is now in a prettiest tractor in Ireland competition .

Creative Secret  : This is really one of the most delirious yarnbombings I’ve seen . So – think of the most crazy idea you can possibly come up with and get all your friends to help .

Aesthetics ; Many textile artists are interested in the contrast of male and female and use knitting with guns and tanks and men’s locker rooms . I like the  pretty colorful knitting on a nice metal tractor . But it’s a cliche to say men drive tractors and woman knit.

It’s a truth to say we all want to create what ever we want to create .

There is  the satisfying image of a farmer driving this tractor through the fields . Yarnbombing has this comic  quality that transforms an every day object into something delightful .

So while you are thinking this over I leave you with this another bonus yarnbomb .

Yarnbombed porta potty by Sue Caldwell and the patrons of her knitting store ” Lovelyarns ” in Baltimore Maryland .  ArtScape festival June 21 2012 Baltimore Maryland .

more here and here

yarnbombing And Knitted Houses

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This knitted house was made for The London Architecture Biennale by the group Knitting Site in June 2006.

3  Great Thing About This

1 . The house was knit over a 2 storey scaffolding on the site.

2. It was knitted from all recycled materials , plastic  , garbage bags and rope. The group said they really like building materials .

3 .A quote from the group ” While some people think knitting should remain behind walls , we build walls that are knitted ”

Creative secret – Use odd, old and recycled materials to knit with . Knit very big , make a shelter from knitting .

Aesthetics – The plastic makes this house transparent so you can see the houses behind it . The earthy colors look like grass – nice contrast to the coarse urban materials.

Yarnbombing And The Galway Hooker

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.

Links. http://galwayindependent.com/stories/item/2805/2012-25/No-more-plain-sailing!

Yarnbombing And Global Yarnbombing

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.

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yarnbombing And Patience ; Yarnbombing The North Berkeley Library The Second Time

 

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

yarnbombing And Yarnbombing Your House

‘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.