Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Local Yarnbombing- Part 1

I love the subject so much, I'm going to make it a two part post.  I think it's always a good idea to double up on colorful goodness.

As an artist and all around craftastic person, I appreciate things that put creativity into the public's view.  It's one thing to discuss work with your fellow artsy friends or to share projects with your fellow craft lovers.  However, when art is created in public or displayed in a communal area, it adds a whole new dimension.  People who wouldn't normally experience that culture are forced into the middle of it.  Perhaps forced is too harsh a word but I mean it in the most positive context.  This exposure leaves people enriched and curious- curious about the materials, how it was made, it's creator.  Often people are inspired to makes something of their own and in most cases, they are left wanting more.  

I am also a person who believes that there is a fine line between Art and Craft.  There is certainly work that fits into both categories.  Knowing what you do about me, you can understand why I completely fell in love with Yarnbombing the first time I ever heard about it.

Just imagine my excitement when I heard that good ol' Santa Rosa had a bunch of yarn-filled fun happening at the moment.  I was practically beside myself with delight.  The Street Pole Sweater Project was created when Justine of Cast Away, a sweet little yarn store, teamed up with other local businesses and knitters to add a little excitement to a downtown area known as Railroad Square.

Check out their results!  Pure Awesome.

Bikes are EVERYWHERE in Sonoma County!

My favorite little bit.  I have no idea what this pattern is called, but I love it!

This last one makes me think of Little Italy.  How about you?

Doesn't it look great?  It makes me happy every time I see one.  Next part of this post I'll tell you a more about adorable Justine and her awesome shop!  Stay tuned...

Hope that you're enjoying a creative day.  When you get a chance go outside and find something inspiring.  Better yet, leave something inspiring for someone else to find!  You won't regret it.


Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Oh wow, I love them! How neat to have such fantastic inspiration right outside your door.

kym said...

That is so cool...I'd love to see that in my area.
I'm going to leave something inspiration somewhere today, as a surprise for someone.

JennyDillyAnna said...

How are they put on? buttons or sewn on? I saw no seam lines so I'm assuming someone grafted them on.

MafiosaGrrl said...

yeah, i'm super lucky that i love in such a cool place :)

kym- what did you leave?? that's awesome, you rule.

jenny- i believe that most of them were whipstitched once a majority was wrapped around the pole.

Kira said...

That's so flippin' cool! I can see all the hard work put in with the gorgeous patterns... They're all so beautiful!