Friday, June 10, 2011

Prep for International Yarn Bombing Day 2011

Bombs away!  Tomorrow is International Yarn Bombing Day!  In the effort to inspire and inform, here are some resources for those bombers-to-be out there (note: my knitting skills are in the novice category - I might tag a few things tomorrow and post, but I'm choosing some of the most glorious, skilled bombs and bombers to highlight here).

What is a yarn bomb?  Simply put: graffiti.  Art for the public.  The tag of a crafter.  A knitter, specifically.  Per Wikipedia, a yarn bomb (or "knit bomb") is "Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk."

Perhaps the most infamous of bombings was The Gas Station Project by artist Jennifer Marsh.  You can read more about the project on the International Fiber Collective website.  Just look at this piece - hundreds of granny squares sewn together to cloak a rundown old building, and even the pumps!  Gorgeous.

Want to be a part of this arts and crafts nouveau movement?  The best advice: start simple.  Twilight Taggers has posted excellent, amazingly detailed instructions on how to get yourself going here on their blog.

Now for the eye candy...

Covered bollards by Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please
knit hearts on a fence

yarn bound trees
More photos!  Read more about yarn bombing, and the lovely folks who do it, on these other blogs and sites:
And there are so many more out there!  If you know of someone who bombs or photographs them, link us to them in comments.

To tomorrow!

1 comment:

Wall Art Pictures said...

Wonderfully crisp and always interesting! So happy to be catching up with all of your exploits!