Ever heard of Yarn-bombing? Before yesterday, I had never heard the expression – nor seen an example when walking out in the streets! Yarn-bombing is a type of graffiti, or street art, that uses knitted or crocheted yarn as its medium (instead of paint or chalk).
This form of street art can be easily removed as it is not as permanent as the medium other graffiti artists use. It is an art form that is technically illegal – but who would want to remove their colourful creations that brighten up concrete public spaces?
The first example of yarn-bombing was recorded in The Netherlands (May 2004) and has sprouted in cities such as Houston in Texas, London in the UK, as well as in countries such as Australia.
The artists cover telephone poles, benches, hydrants, bicycles, planters. No single item can escape the attention of these creative people as they strive to bring a little cheer to the pedestrians of their city.
As someone who enjoys crocheting, I think I would enjoy seeing this form of art out on the streets. Now that I know about yarn-bombing, I am sure to keep my eyes open for it!
Have you seen any yarn-bombing in your neighbourhood? Would you participate in this form of graffiti?