‘Yarn Bombing’ set to clothe streets in art

NINJA knitters are being called on to use their artistic talents to help stitch up a community project in Griffith.

Last week Deniliquin artist Jo Nathan was in Griffith to encourage locals to get behind her Yarn Bombing idea.

She visited five local schools and Griffith's Natty Knitters group at the library in an effort to encourage community participation.

Ms Nathan described "Yarn Bombing" as a type of street art that uses colourful and off-beat woollen and crocheted knits to decorate objects in a public place.

While Yarn Bombing is usually a covert operation, the Griffith project won't come as a surprise.

"The idea is to develop a community arts project," Ms Nathan said.

"I did introductory presentations on yarn bombing and talked to the students about knitting and crocheting last week to get them used to the idea.

"I hope to connect experienced knitters with students so they can pass on their skills. The main aim is to bring them together to work on the project."

Ms Nathan, who has co-ordinated several other successful projects, said she was glad to see that the majority of locals she met had embraced the idea of Yarn Bombing.

"To develop this concept we really need experienced knitters to teach the kids," she said.

"I will be coming back to Griffith to do a few workshops. We would really like to have knitting ready for installation in June to coincide with Worldwide Knitting Day.

"If anyone would like to contribute pieces they have already made or wool we can use they can do that also.

"Often yarn bombing is surprise but this one is planned and we will get permission before we decorate any poles or trees around Griffith."

Council's healthy communities' co-ordinator Peta Dummett was at the library on Saturday. She is keen to support the project and use it as a tool to engage young people in Griffith.

"We have Youth Week coming up and I think this could be an exciting and fun opportunity to brighten up some otherwise dull areas around Griffith," she said.

"I'd urge anyone with some knitting skills to get on board."

If you would like to contribute to the project or need more information contact the library.

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