Addendum to Yarn Bombing

Words from a recent email:  “Dad says, check out the Cinelli.  He changed the bars back to the original Cinelli bar and stem – he wrapped the bars himself and remembered how!  He chose to save the beautiful Record levers.  He rode the bike 20 miles Sunday in a little better than an hour and is happy with that.”

Can’t help thinking if my hubby’s recent explosion of effort may have been inspired by this… Check it out!

my tools…

his tools…

my end result…

his end result …

Now, was I inspirational or was he simply scared I might do this?

NOTE:  The Cinelli frame was a gift to my husband from his son near thirty years, ago.  The frame represents the love of the sport they share as well as offers a generational keepsake for familial bike lovers yet to come.

Yarn Bombing on a Personal Level

Yarn Bombing crocheted flowers

Anything yarn-like is going to catch my attention so when this thing called yarn bombing came exploding onto the scene, what can I say, it intrigued me.  I wanted to know the how and the why of such an art form.  Well, in researching, it seems like this yarn bombing, otherwise known as yarn graffiti is just that, taking a common object, any object at all, and literally covering it with yarn via knit or crochet.  I figure the knit or crochet pieces are made ahead of time and then sewn to the object.  As I’ve read about it, some describe it as warming up and brightening an otherwise drab looking environment such as an inner city.  Metal fences, street posts, and city vehicles become objects of attention.  Also, trees.  Common objects.  Artists perceive it as opportunity, changing the way existing art forms such as statues are perceived and travel to major cities to carry out such.  This artist’s work has caught my eye, New York’s knitwear designer Agata Oleksiak, also known as Olek. Here she has taken the giant Einstein statue in Washington, DC and used her iconic flair to give the statue that “new look”.

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