Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Plarn Bomb!

International Yarn Bombing Day was this past weekend. If you happened to see knit or crocheted items covering trees, posts, buses or benches, it was part of the celebration of fiber arts.

I have wanted to yarn bomb for a while. Specifically I wanted to plarn bomb with yarn I'd made from plastic grocery bags. Once I heard there was a specific day set aside for a celebration of yarn bombing, I totally wanted to be a part of it.

So off and one for over a year now, I've been working on some clothing for a sculpture in downtown Davis.



For some reason, a lot of people hate this piece of sculpture. They think it's ugly or stupid. I figure it's par for the course for public art. I felt like I could do something a little different than a standard yarn bomb and make clothing for the figures.

It was time consuming work and took a ridiculous amount of plastic bags, but I was able to make hats, a poncho, a scarf and a sweater. I put them up this weekend with a sign wishing everyone a Happy International Yarn Bombing Day.



It's been great. My kids are telling me that a bunch of their friends have been posting photos of it on Facebook without realizing they know who did it. I've driven by a couple of times (it's not stalking! they're inanimate!) and have seen people stopping, laughing, taking pictures. I drove by today and it looks like some pieces have been taken, which makes me laugh a little. Plarn is seriously scratchy. I would not want to wear that beret no matter what.

All in all, it's been even more successful than I'd hoped. My only worry is that I'm going to get a call from the cops and have to pay some sort of vandalism fine, but until the 5-O catches up with me, I'm feeling like a proud a proud guerrilla crocheter. Kind of like a Grandma Banksy.

10 comments:

Stephanie Doyle said...

Eileen your little statues look adorable and very colorful. A total improvement.

Jennifer the Chaos Queen said...

This is awesome! Always thought these statues could use some clothes!

Here's what I got up to when I did some yarn bombing:

http://fullmoon.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c3d8153ef017d42676dcf970c-pi

It's in honor of a departing manager at my volunteer job.

Eileen said...

Jennifer, that is awesome!!! I bow to your fabulous crafting.

Maureen McGowan said...

Awesome!!!!! You are my new hero. BTW when I was at the Backspace conference, one of the agents said she'd love to find a yarn bomb related book. I am not joking. I can't remember which agent she was, but she leaned in the literary direction.

Eileen said...

You are kidding me, right? A literary yarn bomb book? I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like. Maybe sort of a guerrilla knitting circle thing?

Sinead M said...

I love it! it's so charming!

Jennifer the Chaos Queen said...

Here's a yarn bomb book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1551522551

It exists....

Eileen said...

Nice! Can't see it as fiction, tho. :-)

Maureen McGowan said...

Maybe a cozy mystery where the body is found wrapped in yarn? Horror where people are killed by yarn monster? I'm full of yarn bomb ideas tonight. LOL

Molly O'Keefe said...

The fence beside my kids favorite park got bombed - I'll take a picture today. I can't believe the amount of work you must have put into that - good on you, Eileen!

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