How Yarn Bombing Grew From Fringe Activity to Global Movement

by , 03/02/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Art, Video

How did “yarn bombing,” a form of street graffiti that turns everyday objects into colorful knitted or crocheted displays, grow from a quirky personal statement into an international movement? Perhaps it has to do with our desire for human connections in our urban milieus, suggests Magda Sayeg, otherwise known as the “mother of yarn bombing.” “I think we’ve all become desensitized by our overdeveloped cities that we live in, and billboards and advertisements, and giant parking lots, and we don’t even complain about that stuff anymore,” she said in a TED talk. “So when you stumble upon a stop sign pole that’s wrapped in knitting and it seems so out of place and then gradually—weirdly—you find a connection to it, that is the moment. That is the moment I love and that is the moment I love to share with others.” Today, a fire hydrant; tomorrow the world.


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