Today my philosopher friend put some yarn bombs up at the University of Arizona. It must of been really hot because he came back a stinky panting mess.
I haven’t yarn bombed anything in forever! I combination of factors have contributed to my lull in yarn bombing.
First, it is really really hot in Tucson. It is hot all the time, even in the wee hours of the morning and the middle of the night. I am not made for heat, so I am hiding in my house.
Second, it is monsoon season. The rain is great for the desert but not for yarn graffiti.
Third, I have taken up embroidery. As with all new crafts, I have been obsessively embroidering everything. When the craze dies down, I will be back with my crochet hooks.
Last, I don’t have any good ideas for graffiti :(
However, I do have a crocheted tea pot and mug that has been waiting to get out. Perhaps tomorrow morning I will release it into the world.
One of my buddies put up their first yarn bomb today. YAY! Afterwards they hung out nearby to watch people’s reactions. I’m such a ding dong, I never thought to do this before. I usually dash in like a clumsy superhero and stumble away as soon as I am done. I think I will hang out near my next yarn bomb and see what happens.
What do you do? Do yarn bomb and dash? Or hang around to see what people think?
I set my first yarn bomb on April 20th of this year. It was exhilarating. My creations are generally given as gifts and are only shared with a few people (a few more if pictures are posted on Facebook). Although, I’ve been told that I qualify as an artist, I never felt like one. I’m not sure why, but yarn bombing makes me feel like an artist :)
Since, I have only been yarn bombing for a couple of months I don’t have too much of a story to tell. My ridiculous adventures are just beginning and I am excited for future yarn bombs.
One of the things I really like about yarn bombing is pairing
public spaces with works generally produced in private or semi-private settings.Yarn bombing mixes materials and venues that do not often come in contact with each other, the results are amazing.
I also like yarn bombing (both viewing and creating) because it makes me smile A LOT.
I put this up this morning at the corner of Broadway and Country Club. It dresses up the bus stop a bit :)
One oft heard (or read) criticism of yarn bombing is that it is a waste of time and resources. Those who yarn bomb are told to spend their time crafting for charity (ex: crocheting hats for micro preemies). These criticisms are problematic for a number of reasons:
1. It acts a as moral judgement. In capitalist societies, particularly those influenced by the Protestant Ethic, wasting time and resources is one of the worst things one can do. We must always be working, whether it be participating in production for hourly wages or reproducing the means of production.
2. It assumes that wasting time is a bad thing.
3. It assumes that the production and display of items that do not have an obvious use-value or value (they won’t be used to sell, produce something else, or reproduce the means of production) are not important. It assumes that the production of yarn bombs is a waste of time and resources.
4. It doesn’t take into account the important affective work that yarn bombing does for some people.
5. It lacks imagination.
6. It functions as gender policing.
I hope to explore each of these issue in future posts. I realize that they need further discussion. These are just my initial thoughts about this particular kind of criticism.
It is important to note that I am not against producing items for charity. People should be able to engage in crafting activities and artistic endeavors that are useful for them with out censer, this includes yarn bombing.