Move over graffiti, there is a new vibrant phenomenon sweeping the streets: Yarn bombing!This ain’t your grannies knitting! Yarn bombing is graffiti through colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn rather than paint. Best part: It can’t be considered vandalism, it’s temporary! Similar to traditional street art, yarn bombing is an attempt to reclaim sterile urban environments and give them a personal touch, beautification or just add a little bit of colour to an otherwise drab area. If you’ve taken a walk through City Square in Melbourne recently, you may have noticed the trees have sprouted a rainbow of colours around their trunk. You can thank group “Stitch & B*tch” for this display – a 1,000 man team!
Now, let’s get down to the knitty gritty of this fascinating hobby….How do they do it? The yarn bombers attack trees, street signs, bikeracks and more with wool, cottons and acrylic blends! They create knitted panels at home and then sneak out during the night, switching attaching and stitching their work to various objects.How did this craft come to fruition? Roots are thought to be in questioning feminine norms and the ideals of women as homemakers. As one professional yarn-bomber explained the appeal:
[Women] use a very homemaker medium to go out in society, their society, their local area usually where they live and leave these craftworks around … they’re actually going out and doing something altogether very different and they’re attracted by the naughtiness of it and that’s interesting – the attraction that that has … it’s a safe way for women to be naughty because we’re not supposed to be naughty.
Who participates? The majority of bombers are women, but men are allowed to play too of course! Typically performed by those in their 20’s-30’s as an act of rebellion, but recently 60+ have taken to the streets!viaLet’s all agree to drop yarn, not bombs?
Yarn bombs away!