Yarnbombing is a type of street art where public objects are covered with colourful, woolly knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre. For the yarnbomber it’s about adding a splash of colour, a pleasant, handmade surprise in an urban landscape that expresses your imagination. This workshop will introduce participants to the motivation of Queen Babs and her basic techniques of yarnbombing.
Students will be shown various yarnbombs, work on their own yarnbomb and help install one of Queen Bab’s yarnbombs on a street sign near Work-Shop. Your completed yarn bomb is yours to take home and install where you desire.
Experience in knitting or crocheting is not required, but welcome.
So come spend a fun couple of hours as Queen Babs shares her stories, tips and experience and become a yarnbomber, at least for an hour or two!
Jane aka Queen Babs saw her first yarn bomb in 2011, taught herself to crochet in early 2013 and 8 months later completed her first yarn bomb in Redfern. Since then she has yarnbombed over 3 dozen sites in Queensland and NSW, but places most of them in her home of Redfern.
She shares her patterns and projects online and often invites others to participate, creating installations involving people from all around the world. She has a strong international social media following and has been invited to take part in yarn bombing projects worldwide. In June 2015 she was selected as Australian of the Day by the Australian of the Year Foundation.
“I started out wanting to add colour to the city, to make the streets beautiful and make people smile, now I work towards lifting the spirits of my community and the wider community who see and read about my yarn adventures. Sharing my personal challenges with invisible and chronic illnesses and using craft as a therapy for myself has become part of my day. I use my work to raise awareness, encouraging others, spread kindness and hopefully inspire happiness.
I hope I can continue working towards lifting the spirits of not only my community but anyone who passes my yarnbombs, receives a lovebomb or sees my photographs around the world. Regardless of personal challenges even maybe even because of them, I aim to inspire us all to be kinder and happier. Together we can make Australia and the world a better place…one ball of yarn at a time.”