June 11th is the first International Yarn Bombing Day.
Yarn Bombing is in fact creating graffiti using yarn/fibers for public enjoyment.
Graffiti is graffiti! Even though this particular type of graffiti is non-permanent and can easily be removed; it is still considered an act of vandalism. However, perhaps due to its cute nature, it is seldom prosecuted. The philosophy behind Yarn Bombing is to give warmth and add beauty to often cold, industrial and boring city landscape. I have seen many pictures of Yarn Bombing projects performed on street poles, statues, cars, bikes, etc. However these really talked to me in a big way:
Ms. Juliana Santacruz Herrera has been filling the cracks and potholes of Paris streets with colorful yarns. Isn’t this one of the best use for those stashed, too little to do anything else with, yarns?
I am certainly thinking about doing some yarn graffiti now. Just have to stake out the alleys around my neighborhood for possible graffiti sites and find out when our esteemed men and women in uniform take their midnight doughnut break.
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