352Creates: Yarn Bombing

352 creates352Creates is a single day on February 26, 2016 of community-wide art making, demonstrating that creativity can be fun for everyone, and can make our communities stronger and healthier. It is energetic pop-up style art-making opportunities inside every open door and in every public place, reaching everyone in the 352 community.

If you do not know what to create but you know how to knit and crochet, GNV Urban Art is looking for artists for a community yarn bombing project. It is a wonderful occasion to gather, work together, exchange ideas, tips, materials, learn new techniques, and meet new people over a cup of coffee, tea or chocolate at Volta, located at 48 SW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Volta, yarn bombing, community project

These tubes could be turned into a colorful knitted and crocheted yarn bomb!
You are welcome to adopt any of them. Special thanks to Volta 

We are looking for a group of guerrilla knitters willing to take part in the project. The colorful pieces may show up on trees, lamp posts, monuments, benches, and other elements of everyday cityscape, but make sure you have permission and plan on taking it down later.

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. Initially was almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places; it has since developed with groups graffiti knitting and crocheting worldwide, each with their own agendas and public graffiti knitting projects being run. Perhaps, one of the most well-known bombers is Olek, a Polish-born costume designer recognizable for completely crocheting the Wall Street Bull and Astor Place Cube in 2011, but she’s taken the movement to the next level covering bystanders in ready-made suits of yarn. Very good example of community project is Knit The City, a group of girls yarn-bombing South London. Collaborative art making, community building, public outreach, blurring boundaries between contemporary art practice.

Many yarn bombers use recycled scarfs, sweaters and other fiber materials that they collage together. Use up left over yarn, recycle junk into art! – Iryna Kanishcheva.

yarn bombing. hollywood, florida
Hollywood, FL 2015

 

How to Yarn Bomb

  • Understand what is yarn bombing, see some images, get ideas, find an object, get the permission
  •  Take measurements, design the piece, create the bomb
  •  Wrap each piece around the object, sew seams to install the yarn bomb, never cause any object damage

Read more tips here. Good place to look for cheap yarn might be The Repurpose Project store. Find the book “Yarn bombing: the art of crochet and knit graffiti” in Alachua County Library.

Find out more about the project at 352Creates.com. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding yarn bombing, please contact Iryna@gnvurbanart.com.

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