9.5.11

Knit Art- Guerrilla Knitting- Yarnbombing In Prague

As I mentioned in my post last week- I love Street Art.  Art diplayed in public- can take form from many mediums.  Guerrilla Knitting is a term I first became familiar with after reading an article about it a few years ago.  Since then I have seen 'Knit Art' in parks and public spaces in several cities including Toronto and L.A.  Often it is a random tree in a park or a street light that has a 'sweater' sewn onto it.

Also known as: Yarnbombing [it]originated in the United States with groups such as Texas-based Knitta, which frustrated with their piles of unfinished sweaters, adopted hip-hop style monikers such as Loop-Dogg, P-Knitty and The Notorious N.I.T. and turned their knitting into a seditious gesture, juxtaposing craft and vandalism.


I was pleasently surprised to see 'Knit Art' on this bridge in Prague:




The purpose behind "soft graffiti" is not to create something practical but to add a little novelty to life's humdrum routine along with the chance to reconnect with the urban environment.




Have you seen any Knit Art around? 

25 comments:

Sugar said...

We have a local Night Knitter in our hood in San Francisco. I once saw her in action and I felt like I was spotting a celebrity.

Kristin H said...

How fabulous is this. Really sparks up the city, love these initiatives!

Lady Grey said...

I absolutely LOVE it!
Go guerrilla knitters!

anushka said...

hmmmm.... i think i may have found a new reason to knit. this would be fun to do! but, i fear they would take it down in america posthaste..

vintch said...

oh what fun! so much more beautiful and pleasing to the eye than graffiti!

drollgirl said...

um, this is pretty hilarious! and fabulous! i love how people come up such great stuff!

dotblogg said...

I've seen colorful patchwork winter coats around the trees in the city near mine;) but wool never have I seen! it looks so unreal!;)
hugs
J.

Mama Gone Green said...

Great photos! There is some guerrilla knitting on a telephone pole on the street behind mine..... not as cool as the large scale ones you found in Prague!

liza said...

That is fantastic! I had no idea!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

love the juxtaposition! So quirky!!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Whoa, this is pretty cool! I love the concept of it!

la petite coquine said...

Guerrilla Knitting?! Genius!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I just love the knits around the posts!

David Toms said...

Toronto was hit a couple of weeks ago! They sure get around!

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet Ren, this is soo cool and very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing. Have alovely merry happy week and love to you!

Getrealmommy said...

They have been doing this in Berkeley as well. Very cool.

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

I ADORE knit bombing!!! I've always wondered how they get the pieces on there...do they just wrap it around and knit it together last minute?

Not that I'm trying to figure out how to do it or anything...lol!

Thanks for the photos, I love seeing examples of this type of art because it really does make something ho-hum really exciting and fun!

Nat said...

What a brilliant idea!
Love your Prague posts - one of the most interesting cities I've ever visited.

Krystal said...

these are like huge knitting projects...so cool!

Pet said...

This is even better than the Invaders!
http://pencilandbox.blogspot.com/2010/11/well-always-have-paris.html

Signe said...

Haha, I just love this! I walked by a three in Oslo last year that was covered in knit from head to toe! I just stood there like an Idiot staring for an eternity :)

a new girl in vienna said...

i love this!! so cool.

winterludes said...

we had yarn bombing in paris, but the police raveled it quickly. france, sweet france, land of liberty…

Monica said...

hi there.

i love these soft graffiti shenanigans as well. my fave of the above is that first one, it looks like a proper neck scarf for the pole.

sheba said...

so sweet! in nyc, there's a bike and a vw bug that have been yarnbombed...they're awesome!

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