I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about yarn bombing. On one hand, I appreciate the need for artistic expression. Seeing a hotel decorated in yarn, as recently described by the Yarn Harlot, has to be quite a sight. On the other hand, I’m not sure I find a lot of value in using scraps of yarn to cover random objects simply because it can be done.
There have been some great examples of yarn bombing used to decorate utilitarian objects. For example, the AKG has a member who “yarn bombed” an old chair, giving it new character and life:
In another instance of decorative yarn bombing, a group of senior citizens from the West Flamingo Active Adult Center in Las Vegas and the local Boy Scout Troup 238 decided to “yarn bomb” a utilitarian pedestrian bridge over a local parkway. http://bit.ly/OGfLWi The group created a sun motif designed to complement the work of nearby Sunrise Hospital.
Anyone who knows me also knows that I can’t resist good social or political commentary. So imagine my delight when I found this juicy piece of yarn bombing:
You guessed it! That would be a naked Prince Harry (or nekked, for those true Southerners) guarding the family jewels that were otherwise publically displayed recently in Las Vegas. What makes this yarn bombing especially delicious is that this irreverent display sits near the very proper the Royal crown and other decorations that were crafted for the recent Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
So let the controversy begin: Yarn Bombing – creative expression or a poor use for perfectly good yarn. Please be sure to leave your comments below. And all posters are encouraged to use the term “family jewels” in their posts. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this pressing topic.