Yarn is the latest flourishing material for street art that has only recently been tapped into. We’ve covered a large number of knitting initiatives including Magda Sayeg’s work in New York (aka Knitta Please) and Sydney-based Denise Litchfield. Equally impressive is the work of Hungarian artist, Babukatorium, who was inspired to create a crocheted installation after watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her colorful design contains 247 spiderweb circles which took 3 months to create and then another 3 months to attach to the tree. Babukatorium regularly contributes to public art projects and also came to be known for her participation in the Let’s Colour Project.
Traditional Street Art vs. Yarnbombing
This is a different type of street art in a handful of ways. Firstly, the work of guerilla knitters (or Knitting Bandits) sits at a stark contrast to the tight time intervals that other street artists would have. In this regard it is similar to the work of Ben Wilson, who paints discarded pieces of gum on the streets of London. In these forms of street art, intricacy and patience serve as important aesthetic contrasts to the ‘hit and run’ strategies of old school street artists.
Lastly, many cite ‘female dominance’ as a key difference between yarnbombing and traditional street art. NY Times wrote an article appropriately titled ‘Graffiti’s Cozy, Feminine Side.‘ Instead of crafting their voices in a saturated creative practice, many street artists have been leveraging new materials to catch the passerby off-guard.
Babukatorium’s work exemplifies all these points of differentiation. For more, check out her work on Flickr.
Photo Credits to Solent News & Photo Agency.
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