Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Belfast bombarded by ‘graffiti knitters’

Yarn bombing at the sheep sculpture outside Belfast's Waterfront Hall
Yarn bombing at the sheep sculpture outside Belfast's Waterfront Hall
Yarn bombing at the sheep sculpture outside Belfast's Waterfront Hall

Belfast city centre is being bombarded with ‘graffiti knitting’ as part of a celebration of homegrown crafts.

Yarn Bombing Belfast will see yards of material draped over city centre landmarks — the work of young artists and designers who will take to the streets to put a fresh spin on familiar locations.

First to get the graffiti |knitting treatment were the famous shepherd and sheep outside the Waterfront Hall — who might have appreciated it more back at Easter when Northern Ireland was swept with blizzards.

Throughout the next month skilled knitters such as Claire Concannon and Gemma Withers will wrap their creations around public property. The notion of ‘yarn bombing’ emerged in the US where knitters decided to invent new ways of using leftover material to add splashes of colour to their built environment.

The project is one of more than 40 exhibitions, talks, workshops and demos taking place during August Craft Month. To find out more, visit www.craftni.org.

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