In the last few years, barnstorming, yarn bombing, or graffiti knitting has become a wide-spread phenomena. From what I can find, it started in London in 2009. I’m just going to show a very small sampling of yarn-bombing here.
According to Knit The City “Yarnstorming (also known as yarnbombing) is the art of enhancing a public place or object with graffiti knitting”. Knit The City started in London in 2009. I think they tell us their mission succinctly by writing, ” It’s a street art that harks back to woolly stereotype of grandmas, itchy jumpers, ill-fitting socks and nice cups of tea by the fire, takes it by the blue rinse and drags it kicking and screaming into the street to blanket a bollard in beasts, swathe a signpost with stitched silliness, or cover a corner in wild woolly creatures. (You understand we’re dragging the stereotype and not the granny. We heart grannies. They taught some of us to knit. All hail the grannies.).” Their site is a must visit! Wonderful graffiti done with needles and hooks. The phone box is just one wonderful example. Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London is a book about the first few years of Knit The City, it tells the tales behind the items.
August 28, 2011 thedailygreen posted this picture of a shelf fungus found in a woods in the Netherlands. Wouldn’t you love to be a hiker that ran across this! They also posted the below picture. “A gray day at Diamond Hill in Ireland’s Connemara National Park is lit up by this whimsical pile of knit cairns. Such arrangements of stones have long been used to convey mindfulness and purpose, as well as a welcome to travelers.”
Now to our beautiful San Diego regarding yarn bombing. We have a plethora of yarn bombings. The first picture is of a yarn bomb in Hillcrest, a San Diego neighborhood.
Yarn bombing has become a HUGE issue in San Diego, this is the official word: “This form of street art does technically meet the city’s definition of graffiti and is therefore illegal.” Also, it is against California code to put anything on stop signs and only allows reflective tape on stop signs. This is an example of yarn-bombing on a stop sign which has caused a HUGE brouhaha:
These are the headlines:
Yarn-bomber strikes in Clairemont, stopping traffic– April 25, 2012
I am curious, has yarn-bombing created a huge legal fight in your area? If not, I wonder if it is because the other places have winter and these bits of color replace flower and green color which we have all year?