This weeks blog post is a follow up on a community yarn bombing project that I have been following on Bruny Island Tasmania. These colourful knitted and crocheted, yarn bombs where produced by a group of highly talented crafters, who are part of an elderly citizens respite group called BIRCH. This talented group have been yarn bombing the Jane Finn community room at the Alonnah Health Centre on Bruny Island, an Island in the Southern Ocean, off the coast of Southern Tasmania in Australia.
I was lucky enough to be part of the YARN BOMBING WINE project at Taranga Winery in South Australia. We yarn bombed an old and gnarled grape vine, which was subsequently photographed and used as the cover art on a wine label. The Wine is a 2012 South Australian Shiraz. See the website for Yarn Bomb WineThis wine was produced by Corrina Wright at Tarranga Winery South Australia. Special mention goes to Sarah-Jane Cooke for working with me on yarn bombing the vine.
This lovely yarn bombed statue was adorned in crochet lace, tablecloths and doilies by myself ilianthe Kalloniatis and my buddy Sarah-Jane Cook. The statue was yarn bombed as part of a lace exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The project took approximately 8 hours with the both of us working hard and fast on a huge scaffold. I took a few photography breaks to document the process and I really wanted to share them on my blog.
I was attempting to print some old photographs and they just kept turning out wrong, the ink was uneven and there were lines through the photographs. Eventually I gave up on my printer, but I was’t ready the throw out my prints so I decided I should embroider the paper over the photos. The pictures in this post are the result of my experimentation with sewing on paper photographs. These photos originally hail from the 1940s, 1930’s and 1920’s.
“Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.” Definition from Wikipedia
Yarn bombing is referred to by some as a RAK random act of kindness.
Part of the fun of yarn bombing is the feel good factor. Spotting a newly yarn bombed street crossing on your way to work in the morning or finding a previously bare tree, down main street, festooned with pompoms. The suddenness with which yarn bombs appear and often disappear is surprising and often magical. Part of the fun of yarn bombing is its gorilla nature. Trying to guess who might have knitted a yarn bomb and where they came from? Were they put there by yarn fairies with crochet hooks or maybe old ladies wearing woolen shawls and knitted balaclavas? Enjoy the magic!