Monday, December 6, 2010
A Different Type Of Graffiti...!
You know, normally I am against any form of graffiti, but once in a while there comes along an exception!
I'm thinking that this is probably a good way to make a large city a bit more pleasing to the eye! However, I guess that approving one type of graffiti means that you approve the others as well!
I would point out that using yarn or knitting to improve some structure in a non-permanent fashion makes a lot more sense to me than using paint! This seems to be an art form that's catching on all over the world!
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 fiber artists.
Only drawback I can see, is that this certainly could use a LOT of yarn! Just imagine how many scarfs I could knit with the yarn it would take to "tag" a lamp pole!
Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit!