Ever wondered about those colorful knitted potholder-like yarn pieces that are wrapping utility boxes or wound around light posts?
It’s the work of Yarn Bombers. Known by some as “grafitti knitters” and to others as crafty people who like to knit and crochet, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles has a master plan to wrap the Craft and Folk Art Museum at 5814 Wilshire Blvd with thousands of knit and crocheted granny patches – six inch knit squares.
With the goal of juxtaposing the oft-considered ‘low art’ of craft making shown in the diminutive CAFAM building on the south side of Wilshire, with the ‘higher art’ forms of painting and sculpture housed across the street in the steel and cement fortresses of the LA County Museum of Art, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles will cover the CAFAM in over 7,000 knit granny squares contributed by over 440 crafters from almost every state of the union, and countries throughout Asia, South America, Australia and Europe.
The CAFAM Granny Squared website is impressive for the number of countries represented, the crafter’s handiwork (you can see what they sent in, and locate all contributor’s names) and the sheer frivolity, and productivity, of connecting all these people and all these knit squares in a single project.
Want to get involved? There’s still time to knit or crochet your contribution, or donate a cash contribution for this public art project by Feb 20th for installation and insurance on the wrapped building, expected to show off all its colorful craziness this May, 2013.
Check out the group’s short film below for a better understanding of these guerrilla knitters: