NOTE: This content is old - Published: Thursday, Apr 18th, 2013.
If you have been in town this week you may have seen some odd knitted patterns appearing on trees and street furniture. No, the Council are not wrapping inanimate objects up to keep them warm , they are actually being ‘yarnbombed’ by a creative Wrexham based group.
Earlier in the week we reported the beginning of an art project that will be taking part in the town centre throughout April and May, with one part it being the ‘yarnbombing’.
Yarnbombing, also known as yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or even graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. The aim being that others see the work and take part either on their own or as part of a group – so feel free to join in!
On Monday yarn was attached to trees in Queens Square, bollards outside the Horse and Jockey, a lampost on Yorke Street, outside Fat Cat, trees by The Bank bar and several other places in town. The crocheted yarn was donated by members of Creative International plus other individuals inspired by the idea. Wrexham.com’ers aided in the ‘yarnbombing’ itself!
Siân O’Connell of Creative International said “Creative International is bringing together arts events all over Wrexham County Borough, bringing a larger audience to the arts activity and bringing arts to the community. These events are all very exciting and showcase the huge talent we have here.” You can contact Siân on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to volunteer.
Wrexham Council have said on the yarnbombing “It is quite exciting!”
Since Monday we have spotted that some bits of the yarn have been removed from outside the Horse and Jockey and from Yorke Street. We saw an eldery man fiddling with the yarn outside our offices, however once he saw he was being watched he stopped – but returned later to nab the wool!
After we had tweeted from the Town Centre Forum this thread appeared about Yarnbombing and has developed since if you want to join in a discussion – click here to read it!