Friday, 27 April 2012

Yarn bombing / Guerilla knitting

Yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a form of street art or graffiti involving knitting or crochet which began life, a few years ago now, as a form of personalizing public spaces. Once yarn bombing/guerrilla knitting started to take the world by storm, each group or individuals seemed to have developed their own concept for their public work of art.
Trees, car parking meters, bikes, trollies, phone boxes and even cracks in the pavement have been bombed with yarn creating unexpected flashes of colour, texture and works of art accessible to everyone.
Places include Germany, Istanbul, L.A, Latvia, Finland, New York, Seatle, Sweeden and London. Sadly, I haven't come across many acts of knitted graffiti in the U.K. Seeing as our 'Bad Nana' who knits our cushions, blankets and hot water bottles will be resting her needles and wool for the summer, let's get her onto this project and bring it to Liverpool! Imagine Nook & Cranny with a knitted door, a mast on one of the boats in Liverpool docks covered in pink crochet or even one of the Cathedrals with a little snuggie hand made and on show to the public.

Personally, the conceptual Fine Artist in me loves the more obscure yarn bombs within cracks in the street, but what do you guys think? If you fancy attacking Liverpool with bright wool, email me at and we can start planning!

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