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Yarn Bombers

Rogue knitters cover up the ugly.

by Barbara Annis

posted 8/7/2010

"Cherry Luvbomb" and "Buy Art" are Ann Arbor graffiti artists with a twist. These two "traditionally sized" women (to borrow a term from mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith) are neither particularly young nor fleet of foot. Yet in July, they and their needle-wielding posse stealthily "yarn bombed" a fence on Washtenaw Avenue and several trees and poles near the Farmers' Market, decorating them with knitted and crocheted artwork.

"Something needed to be done" about the ugly fence, says Buy Art, so the yarn bombers festooned it with granny squares and yards of colorful knitted ropes. Next they moved to the market itself. A yarn chain woven into a black hanging trash container was quickly removed, but several weeks later, nearby trees and fences were still wrapped in colorful loops of yarn--see Cherry Luvbomb's Facebook page for photos.    (end of article)

[Originally published in August, 2010.]

 



 
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