Yarnbombing – Making The World Cozier One Bench, Bridge, Or Stop Sign At A Time

Yarnbombers make the world cozy and colorful, one tree, bench, or stop sign at a time. Yarnbombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre. It is also called yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting.

The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide. The start of this movement has been attributed to Magda Sayeg, from Houston, who says she first got the idea in 2005 when she covered the door handle of her boutique with a custom-made cozy. This creative movement has produced some pretty impressive artwork… check out this bench!

Lorna Watts created these knit-covered monster benches—which they called “Buttmunches”—outside the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The process of creating the bench coverings, which required 3 miles of yarn, 30 hours to create, and three hours to install, was filmed for the CCTV-America show Full Frame in 2014.

Here’s one I spotted in Vanier…

You can see more photos of yarnbombing projects here: http://mentalfloss.com/

Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Un_Ponte_di_Lana.jpg

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