Yarn bombing inspires students

USING orange pom poms as their weapons of choice, textile terrorists have "bombed" a tree in the grounds of Wade High School.

The guerrilla "wool-fare" is the work of year 9 textiles technology students, who have embraced the new craze of "yarn bombing" in an effort to celebrate Harmony Day in a different way.

Teacher Mary Casey said inspiration for the activity had come from a recent visit by Deniliquin artist Jo Nathan, who hopes to encourage a community art project in Griffith.

"She really ignited their passion when she held a workshop here. They are really excited by the idea," Mrs Casey said.

"We are starting slowly with pom poms and hoping to build up to knitting and maybe crocheting.

"The kids are really keen to learn how to knit and fortunately we've had some of the Griffith Natty Knitters group tell us they are happy to help out.

"Staff members donate the orange wool to tie in with Harmony Day and it's been a nice, harmonious exercise to celebrate the day.

Fifteen-year-old Sally Tawa said it had been a lot of fun using the wool to make pom poms and she looked forward to future projects.

"I'd like to learn how to make beanies and scarves and maybe we can start up a club here at school," she said.

"We could even sell them to raise money for the school.

"I can't wait until we can add some colour to Griffith's main street because it's a boring. I'd love to see knitting on poles, bus shelters and trees. I think that would be fun."

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