Yarn Bombing LA
Posted by Alice Perez on Aug 11, 2013 - 9:00:02 PM
On Museum Row an explosion of color ricochets with 15,000 crocheted granny squares on the façade of the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Museum Row an explosion of color ricochets with 15,000 crocheted granny squares
on the faÃ§ade of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) by a crew of a guerilla
knitter’s who bombardedthe streets of
LA, called Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.
Reporter Alice Perez visited the CAFAM Granny Squared Project and talked with
Carol Zou from Yarn Bombing LA, about the yarn bombing crew and painting La-La
Land with a rainbow of color, since 2010.
“The first Yarn
Bombing event in LA was organized by Heather Hoggan and Amy Inouye in Fig Knit
On, and soon inspired another yarn bombing event, Yarnbombing 18th Street
organized by Arzu Arda Kosar. Yarn Bombing Los Angeles grew out of the
collaborations that were inspired by Yarnbombing 18th Street,” said Zou.
So what is yarn bombing? “Yarn Bombing is the
transformation of urban space through attaching knit material to public
structures, such as a bench, parking meter, or light post.Magda Sayeg from
Austin, Texas is credited with the first contemporary yarnbomb, and it has
quickly spread to other cities such as Knit the City in London, Knit the Bridge
most recently in Pittsburgh, etc.,” said Zou.
a yarn bombing can occur with everything from walls to buildings, fences to
trees and more, invaded with a rainbow of yarn with messages and artwork putting
smiles on people’s faces. “A yarn bombing is actually a rather quick event. We
prepare the pieces ahead of time according to measurements that we've taken,
and then show up on site with zip ties, yarn, and needles to sew the piece onto
its site. Our pieces are site specific and we take many factors into
consideration when choosing a site, such as foot traffic, visibility, use of
the space, and aesthetic of the surrounding environment, said Zou.
Yarn Bombing Los
Angeles (YBLA) presents the “CAFAM Granny Squared” (May 26-September 9) an
installation weaving together art and craft circles across 50 states and 25
countries. The ribbon was cut on May 25 for the first phase of the granny
square project where passersby’s can witness a one-of-a-kind public art
installation that brings a cozy feeling like a grandmother’s quilt.
The CAFAM Granny Squared project is partnering with the Downtown Women's Center teaching women how to make things by hand and resell them.
“On a conceptual
level the project aims to question the boundaries between art and craft, use
scale and color to play with artistic, architectural and institutional
identities. YBLA suggests a parallel between how the Craft and Folk Art Museum
is dwarfed by the grandiose structures and other museums across the street on
Museum Row, and how craft is dwarfed by traditional notions of “high art”. To
deconstruct this dynamic, YBLA will be covering CAFAM in brightly colored,
oversized granny squares and other colossal graphic patterns to visually turn
CAFAM into a dollhouse and thus "shrinking" it even more and making a
commentary on artistic and institutional identities associated with craft, a
lesser art form by manipulating architecture, often regarded the highest art
form,” said Zou.
In recent years,
more and more folks are dusting off their sewing machines and getting out the
glue guns. “The recent years have definitely seen a resurgence of
hand-crafting, but at the same time we are seeing people interpret these
traditional methods of knitting, crocheting, etc. in radically contemporary
ways,” said Zou.
La-La Land is
the city of dreamers, where many artists and creative folks take to their acting
rehearsals, music studios, and knitting circles creating original works. “According
to this most recent survey by the NEA, Los Angeles is the city with the highest
percentage of artists in the workforce!
http://www.nea.gov/research/ArtistsInWorkforce.pdf I think the existence of
independent filmmakers, artisans, gallery owners, designers, performers, visual
artists, etc. all in one city makes it easy to find people that you connect
with and to start something independently of an institutional support system,”
So get out those
crochet needles and join the YBLA’s free-to-attend monthly meeting every third
Saturday at CAFAM 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. Come chat with this local
guerilla knitter, learn about YBLA, and give a helping hand with the CAFAM
Granny Squared project.
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