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Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, graffiti knitting, guerrilla knitting, or yarnstorming is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or yarnstorms – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.
While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing is almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places.
Dave Cole is a contemporary sculpture artist who practiced knitting as graffiti for a large-scale public art installation in Melbourne Australia for the Big West Arts Festival in 2009. The work was vandalized the night of its completion.
The movement has been said to be "changing the face of craft" as stitchers are more and more frequently being viewed as fibre artists.
See also http://yarnbombing.com/
Yarn bombing around Christchurch:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/c ... -bomb-city
http://crochetchristchurch.blogspot.com/ It looks like this even happened in August last year as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
Queen Victoria in Victoria Square was yarn bombed when we walked past last week.
No month decided yet, but start gathering yarn scraps, maybe even buy a ball or two of $1 Spotlight yarn (this project can use any yarn - even strips from cut up old tee-shirts etc).
ETA: maybe it would be a good time to get an idea of who wants to learn to knit/crochet/other yarn craft, so we can start planning some workshops in your local area. (so, when you post to register your interest, can you also let us know where you live).