Yarn bombing for some is about showing off knitting skills, and for others it’s renewing an old hobby. For all, Yarn Bombing is about making people stop on their track and smile. But it is also about grassroots community intervention and reclaiming public space. It is an active crafty participation in building a social network based on human and artistic relations. While some yarn bombers may not want to be associated with anything political, some others argue that the very fact of installing art illegally is a form of socio-political positionning. Some refuse to incorporate such an ”indie hype of the moment” in the arts world while others would never deny it’s ties with one of the most important art movement of the last decades: street art. Yarn bombing could very well make you question the place of crafts, women and illegal practices in occidental Art History. The public engaging with a piece of urban knit can see it both ways: the ludic and simple way, or the political way.
Yarn Bombing is a love child of Craftivism:
“In the last five years knitting has undergone a complete transformation. Once considered a grandmotherly craft, knitting is now embraced by new generations of young, socially and politically conscious crafters. For these new knitters, their craft represents much more than the finished project; their knitting is a way to slow down in a fast-paced culture, subvert producers of mass manufactured merchandise, embrace the domestic, connect to people in their community, support communities across the globe, and express their own personal style and creativity.”
-Betsy Greer. 2008. Knitting for Good
Knitting, when seen as an activist form of political protest, is feminist, anti-capitalist and ecologist.
“knitting has been appropriated by the global justice movement as a sophisticated technological metaphor for networks of connection outside of and against the globalization of capital”
-Robertson, Kirsty. 2005. “Needling the System: Knitting and the Global Justice Movement/A Performance.” In Feminism, Activism & Knitting