Yarn bombing is the new street art. A colorful street decoration using knitted or crocheted yarn, rather than paint or chalk, it delightfully brightens public spaces.
Its been found everywhere from trees to lamp posts, park benches to public statues.
Unlike graffiti, murals, or other street art, yarn bombing is temporary. It leaves no trace to the local environment.
How did it begin?
Also known as yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban or graffiti knitting, the tradition began a decade ago. Originating in the United States, it began with with Texas knitters searching for creative outlets for leftover yarn.
Magda Sayeg, a knitter from Houston, conceived the idea when covering the door of her boutique with a custom-made cozy, or “covering”.
She went on to found the yarn bombing collective Knitta Please, a renegade collective of yarn wrapping artists. Their mission was to make street art “warm and fuzzy”. Magda and the collective created numerous installations around the globe.
Her work became so popular she earned the title “mother of yarn bombing.”
Global Yarn Bombing! From Texas to Berlin, Hong Kong to Australia!
Since its early days, Yarn bombing’s popularity spread far and wide.
The movement moved on from simple ‘cozies’ with the concept of the ‘stitched story’, telling tales by decorating objects as creatures or characters. Artists from Europe to Australia adopted the new form of urban expression and made it their own.
Unlike museum art or even street graffiti, yarn bombing feels accessible—everyone knows an aunt or grandparent who loves to knit or crochet. Without the taboo of graffiti or street art (although their work is considered vandalism in some US states), it’s no wonder the movement is growing.
This expressive and crafty form of street art is literally covering cities.
If you find any cool ones in your way, don`t forget to share with us using the hashtag #getsidekix 🙂