Yarn Bombing ArtPrize / Hyperallergic

Kitty gets yarn bombed! Mreow. LOL. Hyperallergic loves cats.

Kitty gets yarn bombed! Mreow. LOL. Hyperallergic loves cats.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — There’s nothing quite as uplifting as wandering around an urban area and stumbling upon soft loving wool coverings. Wrapped around fences, trees, and even parking meters, the woven yarn invites that tactile, community-oriented and crafty feel back into the mostly gray and metallic landscape. At this year’s ArtPrize, Grand Rapids-based Collective Wings organized the Division Fibers Yarn Bomb project on Division Street, one of the most trafficked areas of the city. Members Amber Gerard, Elyse Welcher, and Megan Roach bring a soft feel to the downtown area — but more than that, they create a fully interactive public art project that also operates as a subtle intervention in the urban landscape.

“I wanted to make yarn bombing accessible to everyone,” Welcher told Hyperallergic via phone after spotting an image of yarn bombing in another ArtPrize story. There’s an important community aspect to the project, which began in July, debuted at ArtPrize, and will continue after the event ends. All of the fibers are donated pieces that were in some way unusable; in fact, the collective only spent $10 on a bale of it.

read the full story on Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/86388/yarn-bombing-artprize/