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How To Yarn Bomb | Illegal Bombing
Secret crafters have begun an underground movement revolution. They take on the night, sneaking around various locations through the city decorating any objects found; from light posts to trees. These decorations are created with knitted or crocheted yarn. There is no limit to what can and can not be touched by this yarn.
These intricate pieces of yarn can be spotted through-out the world. This international trend is currently known as yarn bombing. Yarn bombing is not male-dominated; on the other hand, it is a more-feminine form of graffiti and street art.
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In essence, what artists are doing, by covering objects, is using their abilities to brighten things around and beautifying the city. For the most part, they are not trying to convey any socio-political messages. The process of yarn bombing is about personalizing public areas. This type of art is still considered a form of graffiti, since it still involves covering areas with unauthorized material, vandalizing, and littering.
For many, it is much easier to cover something with yarn, as opposed to painting it with spray paint, markers, and other graffiti tools. This also allows younger people to be involved in knitting once again, although many older women are also obtaining adrenaline rushes by participating in yarn bombing.
Over the years, public knitting projects and groups have slowly been evolving into a larger movement. Yarn can be found wrapped around rails, hydrants, trees, bicycles, cars, bridges and even previous sculptures. This warm blanket covers the coldest of urban streetscape.
One of the leaders of this movement is an artist by the name Magda Sayeg. She is known by many as the mother of yarn bombing. Over a small period of time she managed to evolve a small hobby into infiltrating a part of Houston with bright-colored crochets, be commissioned for larger projects, and assemble a crew of yarn bombers called Knitta Please. Many of these yarn bombers photograph, or videotape, their work and expose it on a variety of blogs, vlogs, and websites.
Ultimately, the movement is an attempt to resurrect traditional handicrafts.
June 11 is now known as International Yarn Bombing Day on Facebook.