Yarn-bombing in the NYT

Oh good grief. The goddamn New York Times has an article about “yarn-bombing,” aka “graffiti knitting,” aka that annoying “movement” I ranted about two years ago. I thought it had jumped the shark back then, but here we are still taking about it in the most famous newspaper in the world. VOMIT. I also like how a “movement” that is supposedly so DIY and subversive and anti-consumerist is now being officially sponsored by Toyota and Smart Car. The founder of the movement has quit her job to make a full-time career out of this. She doesn’t even knit the stuff by hand anymore; she has five assistants and uses looms. I guess this gives me yet another reason for not taking part in any “yarn-bombing” projects: they get sold as some sort of community-minded art project, when in reality you’re just helping promote somebody’s made-up trend that’s now used to sell cars and surfboards.

1 Comment

Add yours →

  1. Our community LOVES it, but no, we will NOT be going commercial and do it for money.

    I respect that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but when I see the seniors, the children and the town folk enjoying it, participating in it, wanting to learn how to crochet, knit or sew, then it’s worth it.
    cheers Corrine

Comments are closed.