Yarn bombing takes Kamloops

Catherine Fortin, Contributor Ω

Yarn bombing is taking the streets of Kamloops by storm. – Photo by Catherine Fortin

The international public art phenomenon of yarn bombing will soon take Kamloops streets by storm.

This contemporary style of street art involving yarn wrapped around statues, posts and other public structures is a new wave in the public art scene, changing the traditional views of knitting and crocheting.

The Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG) and City of Kamloops will be collaborating to transform downtown Kamloops through the art of yarn bombing.

A total of 148 trees to be yarn bombed on Victoria Street from First to Fifth Avenues. The KAG will work with a variety of knitters, stitchers, crocheters and fabric artists to create this array of art.

It’s not just senior citizens taking on this art form, youth of all ages are beginning to expand on the yarn bombing sensation.

At an informative session at the KAG on Sept. 29 Leanne Prain, author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, said “Yarn bombing is something youth and teenagers are starting to get passionate about.”

The KAG needs volunteers. With no experience necessary, participants of all levels and ages are welcome to join, leaving this a great opportunity for TRU students to get involved and decorate downtown Kamloops.

“This is definitely something TRU students should take notice of and participate in,” said Stephanie Patsulsa, a visual arts student at TRU who attended the information session at the KAG.

This community-based project will be filled with public knitting opportunities and workshops, allowing artists of all skill levels to share techniques while working to cozy up Victoria Street.

Those interested can join the online community of yarn bombers “Yarn Bombing Kamloops” on Raverly- www.raverly.com/groups/yarn-bombing-kamloops.

The KAG also leads “Knit n’ Sip” at the Noble Pig Brewhouse on the first Monday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. starting the first week of October.

Want to help in another way? KAG is in need of unused wool, yarn, crochet work or old knitted blankets. Drop off donations at the Kamloops Art Gallery at 465 Victoria Street.

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  1. knitsbythesea Oct. 2, 2012
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