Yarn bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting, tree cozies, twilight taggers, and graffiti knitting are all forms of art that employ colourful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth. It’s an eco-friendly, non-permanent, updatable form of street art which can be done by an individual or group… you can cover a tree, a phone box or just hang a knitted ball off a tree… it’s about adding colour and texture to the urban landscape.
While it is difficult to determine, twilight taggers have been Yarn Bombing since 2005. The movement has since spread worldwide. Yarn bombing has changed the face of craft with stitchers being seen more and more as fiber artists.
Joann Matvichuk of Lethbridge, Alberta, conceived International Yarn Bombing Day, which was first observed on June 11, 2011.
To celebrate the 2013 BC Seniors Games, which will be hosted by the City of Kamloops from August 20 to 24, the Kamloops Art Gallery, in collaboration with the City of Kamloops and many enthusiastic community volunteers, is organizing a Yarn Bombing project. The KAG will work with knitters, stitchers, crocheters, and fabric artists to create an array of yarn bombed trees within the downtown core.
Yarn bombers from Kamloops and further afield are invited to take part in this exciting event.
If you are interested in participating, please email Jann LM Bailey. An information and knitting workshop will be held at the Gallery on Saturday, September 29, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Leanne Prain, Vancouver yarn bomber and co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of the Crochet and Knit Graffiti, will provide information on how to yarn bomb.
I love the idea of Yarn Bombing because it appeals to the rebel and the traditionalist in me.
Enjoy the collection