The problem with regular paint based graffiti or street art is that it very often needs to be painted over afterwards or, in the case of Banksy, the whole section of wall removed and wheeled off to the auction house.
Enter yarn bombing / graffiti knitting / guerilla knitting. This form of street art is far less permanent through it’s use of colourful yarn or fibre, although it’s still technically illegal in some places. The results can be beautiful, transforming regular objects like trees, cars, steps or even buildings from dull to delightful.
In London, the mysterious organisation ‘Knit The City‘ arrange covert kitting operations, jumping out into the street from their headquarters and enveloping telephone boxes and other publicly accessible object with bright yarn. Lauren O’Farrell (Deadly Knitshade) heads up Knit The City (as well as the crafty Stitch London). They have launched a “woolly war on the mundane, humdrum and expected.”
The queen of crochet however has to be Magda Sayeg, winner of Design Milk’s ‘the Modern Craft Project’ competition. Magda has created yarned art for Gap, Mini and many others, widening the appeal and awareness of this fine craft.
Here are ten of our favourite yarn-bombs.
1. Tank Blanket, Copenhagen, Denmark
2. Knitted Stairs, Sydney by Magda Sayeg
3. Yarn Bombed Bus by Magda Sayeg
4. Crocheted Mini by, you guessed it… Magda Sayeg
5. Tagging a Tree – Magda Sayeg
6. Cars and people yarned in Manhattan
7. From tiny yarns…
8. To entire trees…
9. Even the biggest trains have been yarn bombed…
10. And it’s just as effective on a small bicycle