Saturday, May 28, 2011
Urban knitting, yarn bombing is street art
My fascination with urban art continues...I have this mix of emotions, though.
I love it! Something that drives an artist to create beauty, where all can enjoy, in their own way, with their own medium.
I hate it! It's graffiti. It will become old and shabby. Someone will have to clean it up.
Inoffensive, pleasant, free, art, cool, beautiful, fun, cozy, grandma, handmade, benign, adorable.
Guerilla, a huge waste, yarn bombing, vandalism, littering, time-wasting.
"A global phenomenon."
"The street is the extension of the art gallery."
"A moment in pop culture."
"Retro handcrafted cheeriness."
Toyota hired Magda Sayeg to knit a Prius a Christmas sweater last year for a promotional video. [Must-see video]
"Captain hook" dresses this L.A. bear over and over.
Why dress a bear, a tree, a pole, a pothole?
Some want to add a feminine touch to the world, some love the unseen interaction with people; "it puts a smile on faces", softens our man-made world with woman-made stuff, makes a statement.
Watch for June 11 - International Yarn Bombing Day
References and photo credits:
Graffitti's cozy, feminine side, NY Times
Urban knitting article, by Deputy Dog
Julianna Santacruz Herrara's Flickr stream
Urban knitting Flickr group
Wool love-functional fiber art blog
Twilight taggers , a how-to blog
Crochet Vandals Do Graffiti...Like Your Grandma NPR article and video