Yarnbomb III

27 09 2013

According to my own rules on yarn-bombing, I recently refreshed my rainbow pole outside the local school.

My first installation was 1st November 2011, as part of a 21 days to yarn bomb movement. And my second installation was 1st November 2012.

For this third installment I considered reinstalling on the same date, but I decided instead to bring it forward a little – somewhere around the spring equinox and school holidays (so I’m not spotted by the kiddies).

oldyarnbomb    newyarmbomb

Above: old one and new one … see how I put the colours upside-down this time … tricky!

I crocheted this version, as I did the second; it seemed to be more robust and wear so much better than the knitted version, requiring no repairs at all over the year (even though it was clearly mauled during the election, as the school was a voting centre).

I’ve chosen the rainbow colouring again (I had so much leftover yarn from last time). I recognise the rainbow has been adopted by the LGBTI community as their own, and while acknowledging that connection my intention is not for this yarnbomb to be any kind of statement but simply a colourful addition to the streetscape.

If you’re ever in the ‘hood, I hope it makes you smile as you pass by.





Yarn bombing

10 06 2013

Yarn bombing has been getting a little bit of (positive) press in Melbourne in the last week or so – mainly because yesterday (9th June) was International Yarn Bombing Day (as an aside, is there an “international day” for everything!?). I’ve especially noticed one project in the news is the Royal Parade project by Yarn Corner (see this video).

I’m quite fond of most yarn-bombing, having done a little myself.

However, being a resident in a suburb with its fair share of yarn-bombing, I wish to make a plea to the yarn-bombing community. As I’ve written before, I personally don’t think it’s right to impose craft on the public space without being responsible for its aging. Therefore I implore makers to please:

  • regularly check-in on the crafty wonders you put in place
  • repair them when the seams split or yarn breaks (weathering can do this, so can excessive manual appreciation(!))
  • and, perhaps hardest of all, remove them when it’s time to let go (eg. when the colouring has gone)

I have seen yarn-bombs in place more than two years after they were installed, and they’re ugly and dirty and tattered and just awful; all of which makes me sad and makes me want to take to them with scissors …. I haven’t yet, but one day I just may not be able to withstand the urge.

The whole point of yarn-bombing, in my view, is to liven up the urban environment with handmade colour. Aged and decrepid yarn-bombs, which are beyond their lovely-date, are almost the exact antithesis of this and therefore really do need to be removed … and hopefully replaced with more coloured wonder.

Get your craft on people! Responsibly, of course.





New yarn-bomb

1 11 2012

My first rainbow yarn-bomb was installed exactly one year ago today.
It was so vibrant when first put up.

first image of first yarn-bomb; 1st Nov 2011

Time and weather have not been kind to it; it has required a few repairs over the year, mine and others.

Thus, I decided to replace it – I personally don’t think it’s right to impose craft on the public space without being responsible for its aging.

I pulled the first one down yesterday (before the rain). It was so dirty and had a spidery kind of resident; and the colour was so faded.

first yarn-bomb, removed and sad

The new yarn-bomb has been crocheted instead of knitted – it took at the most a quarter of the time!

before putting up

This time I didn’t get all stealth about the installation: instead of getting up at dawn, I just did it around lunch time, knowing that the local council actually support this activity (within reason).

second yarn-bomb … Yarn-bomb II; 31st October 2012

And it’s vibrant again!

I hope the school-kidsters like it.





Yarnbomb remodelling

5 07 2012

My rainbow yarnbomb has been cheering up the school kiddies for eight months now. It’s had at least four repairs and earlier this week, as I was driving past, I noticed it was looking quite a bit worse for wear.

yarn bomb – in peril

Time for a drastic repair job.

yarn bomb – repaired (again)

All done.

I actually considered if it was time to take it down. Though decided that as this was only one repair it would stay; perhaps the next breach will be the one that indicates it’s time for retirement. I do hope it makes it to being up for a year before that (1st November).





Some people are just lovely

26 02 2012

This morning, in the near light of dawn, I took my scissors needle and thread with me … I had noticed that my yarn bombing had been looking worse for wear (the kids at the school may have been too exuberant in their admiration?), and it was time to administer repairs.

my yarn bomb – still makes me smile

However when I approached the knitting, it was to my absolute delight that I found it had already been repaired.

I know! How wonderfully amazing!! Someone else had taken the time and care to sew up the seam. Not just to notice that it was in peril, but to take it upon their lovely person to do something about it.

repaired!

I want this person to know that I think they’re wonderful! How thoughtful. Really, I’m almost left speechless.

Please ask your friends / connections / communities – if you find the lovely person, please thank them for me.

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Update (26th February): in more yarn-bombing news, I was reading the facebook page of a local cafe, Little Deer Tracks, and this was mentioned about the local council attitude to yarn-bombing … how very pleasing!

Moreland City Council last week issued a statement in support of yarn bombing, a kind of woollen graffiti on public amenities such as trees, street lights and parking meters, provided artists were mindful of public safety.
The statement was in response to one yarn bomber’s complaints she had been mistreated by council staff while working on a bike rack outside Coburg cafe Little Deer Tracks.
Moreland mayor Oscar Yildiz said he was happy for yarn bombing to go ahead. “We are encouraging it… but they have just got to take into account public safety,” he said. “What people sometimes forget is the time and effort people are putting into these yarns, they are enhancing the city.”
Claire Drake – whose yarn bombing moniker is A Brunswick Bomber and who tags with group Yarn Corner – said she had permission from the cafe and was surprised to have been reprimanded by council staff. She said she accepted the officer’s apology and welcomed Moreland City’s yarn bombing stance. “People will now feel more comfortable doing it,” she said. “No one wants a cyclist or pedestrian to become injured as a result of a poorly placed yarn bomb on a street sign.” She said it was the artist’s responsibility to ensure public works were maintained.
“Bali” is a yarn bomber who founded the group Yarn Corner to unite solo artists for larger Melbourne projects. She said Yarn Corner had 150 members aged from 8 to 65. “If a piece is falling apart or becoming a safety issue we always take it down,” she said. “There’s so much grey in everyone’s everyday life… it [yarn bombing] can lift people’s spirits.

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Update (12th March): I’ve had to administer repairs again; the kids must be vigorously loving the colours! While I was stitching the seam up (again), a man walked past and said that it makes him smile every time he walks past it – how wonderful, that just made my day :)

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Yarn-bombing

1 11 2011

Old-fashioned craft is cool again. Knitting, crochet, macrame (yes, I’m serious) and all manner of hand-making with fabric and stitching.

This pleases me. I was taught by my Grandma to do all these crafts at a very early age. My first memory of knitting was when I was around 4 years old and I made a neon pink ‘scarf’ for my Barbie. I especially remember realising I’d dropped a stitch, but happily Grandma fixed it. Ah, the memories.

A kind of public craft activism getting around is ‘yarn-bombing‘.

local example

The above is a modest local example of it.
The below image is sourced from Wiki and is absolutely magnificent!

click on image for original source

The thing is that I think it is technically illegal, but I guess plastering stickers on public property is too (and so is driving over the speed limit, and so many people seem to do that without repercussions (yes, that makes me mad)).

The good thing is that a yarn-bomb, or yarn-storm, is entirely removable and doesn’t damage any property. I quite like seeing it in public spaces; though don’t think it’s right to yarn-bomb private property of course.

What do you think of it? Have you seen any lately?





This weekend

30 10 2011

A little while ago I mentioned I was to attend the David Bielander workshop at RMIT. Sadly I had to pull out; scheduling and over-commitment issues, just too much to do (a lot is on at work at the moment) and something had to give.

Never fear though – I foresee much craftiness in my near future….

ready for craftiness

Update (3rd November): the knitting pile on the right hand side went here