Yarn bombing has become increasingly popular in the last ten years. It originated in Canada, with the aim being a kind of softer graffiti act. Keep reading, it is not as heinous as it sounds! Yarn Bombing is decorating a variety of different surfaces and objects with yarn. These are usually knitted or crocheted and really add a bedazzling effect to the item. Many of these “bombers” keep their identities unknown which adds a little bit of mystery to the cause.
Albany, Western Australia
In April of this year I visited Albany and I was immediately awestruck by the sheer beauty of this little coastal town. To my utter glee whilst walking through the town one day, I passed by the site of an old hotel which had been demolished and low and behold the gates surrounding the site had been yarn bombed! It was such a pretty sight and really brightened up the derelict site.
Recently I read these yarn bombers had struck again, this time decorating bikes with their yarn!
Source via abc.net.au
About 2 years ago in Dublin, I remember a very famous statue being yarn bombed. This was of course the Molly Malone statue that sits near Trinity College in Dublin. The wheel of Molly Malones cart had been bombed with quite the luscious colour of pink, quite a change for the bronze statue.
source via thejournal.ie
All in all I love yarn bombing, as long as it’s not hurtng anyone and provides a gorgeous new shelflife to an old forgotten object then why not! I think every tree deserves a new knitted coat in Winter or a new cosy seat on a bench!
Most of all it shows off a person’s skill and their creative side whilst adding beauty to a place, so keep up the good work!
I can really see it becoming more and more popular in years to come and can't wait to see what comes next!