Yarn-bombing in the NYT

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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.

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  1. Our community LOVES it, but no, we will NOT be going commercial and do it for money.
    http://jafabrit.blogspot.com/2011/06/international-yarnbombing-day-inspiring.html

    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

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