Yarn Bombing

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Yarn Bombing

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti, but instead of chalk or spraypaint, groups of knitters and/or crocheters get together and spread colorful fabrics around town. The practice is thought to have started in the US, with Texas knitters who wanted to use up their yarn stashes, but has since spread worldwide. While other forms of graffiti are considered subversive or vandalism, yarn bombing is usually about reclaiming and beautifying public places. You might want to check out pictures of Dave Cole's large public art installation in Melbourne Australia for the Big West Arts Festival in 2009 (before it was vandalized! http://www.theage.com.au/national/artists-in-pink-fit-as-big-knit-vandal-unravels-artwork-20091128-jy53.html) or the "Midnight Knitter" in Cape May NJ (http://www.independent.ie/and-finally/us-town-baffled-by-midnight-knitter-2095250.html).



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