Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Yarn Bombing = Urban Knitting = Guerrilla Tricot !!

Bilingual post, English - Portuguese

Spotted last weekend in Leiden, near the train station: urban knitting.  That's probably the world's most inoffensive grafitti, as some people put it. And in Leiden there was a lot of it. When I say "a lot" I mean A LOT.

Finde passado durante uma caminhada em Leiden percebi numa praça atras da Estação Central as seguintes árvores cobertas em sobras de tricô e crochê.

According to aunt Wiki, examples of urban knitting have been recorded as early as May 2004 in Den Helder, Netherlands. In the U.S., in 2005 Texas knitters used their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide. The start of this movement has been attributed to Magda Sayeg, 37, from Houston, who says she first got the idea in 2005 when she covered the door handle of her boutique with a custom made cozy. The movement has been said to be "changing the face of craft" as stitchers are more and more frequently being viewed as fibre artists rather than amateurs or vandals.

A guerrila do tricot é um ato lúdico, e os primeiro exemplos de tricô e crochê em áreas públicas aconteceu em Den Helder, na Holanda em 2004. Depois sairam imitando pelo mundo afora.

Tecnicamente é ilegal sair tricotando (ou crochetando - leva mais tempo) as árvores, lixeiras de ruas, cercas et tals. Mas eu não acho um ato de vandalimo. E sobretudo no inverno, quando tudo fica cinza e esmaecido, esse choque de cores em lã no espaço público me parece um ato lúdico. E é facil de remover. 

Urban Knitting... 
Vandalism or a form of decorative expression ?
Cool of Fool ?

E aí ? Acharam legal ou apenas... bobo ?

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Aledys Ver said...

This is cool! I've seen tricot grafittis in Utrecht too.
Just one thought: wouldn't it be cool if they then when they take this down, they used this yarn to knit sth for kids who do not have anyone to provide them with clothes?

Anita said...

Totally agree: you have a point. Why not knitting sweaters for kids and donate them ? But Aledys, most of these urban knitting is made of wool rests.

Aledys Ver said...

Yes, and then those same rests can be reused, for sure. I'm not saying to stop the grafittis - just reuse them with the same energy aftwards, right? It'd also be cool.

S. W said...

Eu ja vi em Den Haag e achei o maximo, mas concordo com a ideia acima.


Tom Le Mesurier said...

As someone who likes a lot of street art and graffiti, I feel I almost *have* to say that I like this. But the bottom line has to be 'do I think it looks good?' and for me the answer if no! :)

I guess it is interesting and gets attention. And it's colourful which is nice when the leaves have gone from the trees. But I still think it looks kind of messy and raggedy. But as you say, at least it is easy to remove and in that sense it is *much* better than the pixação we see in São Paulo and Rio.

Beth Blue said...

I've seen it all over the internet these days and I must admit I quite like it! It's urban art which a twist!

But considering the low temperatures in Holland at this moment, I must agree they maybe should be knitting clothes to give to children who can't afford them. But still, they could always use the leftovers for the trees...hehehe

I do like it.

Carla Adriana said...

Eu adorei e como vc falou da um colorido único ao inverno cinza. Muito legal!

Invader_Stu said...

Good to see those trees will be able to stay warm this winter.

malucayarnbombing said...

absolutelly C O O L !!!
great from Rotterdam ; ))

Anonymous said...

Querida amiga, estas fotos de Leiden, ¿de qué año son?, te lo pregunto por la polémica que hay sobre cuándo y dónde surge el Urban Knitting, si en 2004 el Lieden o en 2005 en Texas.
Gracias. Luna.