Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published December 25th 2011
I'd heard of it and admired the dedication of the creators of what they call yarn bombing. I hadn't seen yarn bombing anywhere. I knew people went to knitting clubs, which are fantastic and one of the last ways that the handiwork skills of knitting, crochet and fine needle craft are preserved.
Yarn bombing is an extension of the use of natural and recycled wools and yarns to create an effect on the suburban or urban concrete culture. From what I understand, it was created or acknowledged as a form of street art in the 1990s. A global trend, many yarn bombers or wrappers hang out at the Yarn Corner Facebook Page.
Frankston Shopping Centre is filled with all sorts of people and the street cred of yarn bombing has added something fun, light, conversational and for some, a touch of controversy to the local shops.
When asked, one Frankston shopper said she "loves it, it's adding something natural to an unnatural environment." Watching people's reactions when they noticed the yarn bombing was interesting. A few tended to go up and gently touch the knitting and look. It was interesting to note the childlike fun it seemed to invoke in people's responses.
Look a bit more closely to see the finer details of how these wonderful creations are made. It seems that they are knitted, then sewn onto the lightpole or whatever they are to be attached to. Some of the knitted pieces have flowers or other small wonderful delicate flowers or other designs added on.
Specialised yarn bombers work at this with the aid of, in this case, a Council grant and volunteers wishing to take part. Frankston City Council sponsored this as an event, so it wasn't a guerilla action.