If you come across a tree, parking meter, scooter, or even a famous statue covered in a cozy colourful knit, it will most likely be an example of “yarn bombing”, a new type of graffiti, where instead of a few cans of spray, the artist uses few skeins of yarn!
Yarn bombing also known as “knit graffiti”, is becoming more and more popular all around the world and it usually “attacks” urban landscapes where the contrast of vivid colours with gray buildings is the most striking.
It all started in 2005 when Magda Sayeg knitted a blue-and-pink cover for the door handle of her store in Texas. The piece got so much attention that people would stop by to praise her handwork. When others got hooked on the idea, Magda created a group known as “Knitta, please”, which decorated a number of trees, lamp posts, fire hydrants, and monuments often leaving a paper tag bearing the name “knitta, please”.
The idea evolved into an international trend and the colourful yarns spread throughout the world covering places like Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, England, Italy, Poland, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and by now probably a lot more. The artists would often mark holidays by using pink yarn for Valentines Day, or sparkly one for New Years.
By now Magda has turned her hobby into a full-time job and has been commissioned to make knit covers for parking meters in Brooklyn, a Christmas sweater for Toyota Prius, and almost entire park for the new Gap ad campaign! You can see all the projects on Magda Sayeg’s website.
And while some say knit graffiti ruins the city and its historical landscapes, there are probably more who admire the cheerful new idea of street art.
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