“The world’s most inoffensive graffiti” Deputy Dog
In my past post I discussed briefly Guerrilla Gardening as a form of Urban Informal Expression. In this post I will present another form that I find as fascinating as Guerrilla Gardening and that has a lot of things in common: Urban Knitting. As in my previous post I will try not to over analyze this form of expression – since my knowledge of it remains limited, and let’s face it I am an economist/engineer – but to share some thoughts and very colorful pictures (because I find it awesome).
Urban Knitting is also known as Yarn Bombing, Yarnstorming, Guerrilla Knitting or Graffiti Knitting. It is considered a street art that instead of using paint or chalk uses colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn. A former blogger called Urban Knitting the world most inoffensive graffiti. For me it comes from seeing the urban landscape as a canvas for inspiration and transforming it into an art gallery. I would love to bump into one of these unexpectedly when walking in DC or any other city. It is said to have originated in the Netherland in 2004 but the start of this movement has been attributed to Magda Sayeg from Houston.
Here are more pictures and links for inspiration.