Just when I thought I was done… Currently 29 feet long or 841 square feet, incorporates almost 80 jumbo skeins of @redheartyarns #SuperSaver #yarn and weighs nearly 35 pounds. (Needs to be 32.8 feet long to set a new record for largest #GrannySquare.)
#SantaBarbara #crochet #knit #knitting #yarn #Yarnbomb #Yarnbombing #whydoidothesethings (at Yarnbomb Research Institute)
Plenty of people know how to crochet and knit, but how many of them do it underwater? Polish yarn-bombing artist Olek (previously featured here) recently undertook an awesome new artistic adventure in the Caribbeans creating an installation in the waters off Isla Mujeres, Mexico off the coast of Cancun, home to a large population of whale sharks. To voice her concern about the ongoing decline of the global shark population, Olek used her signature vibrant camouflage-patterned crochet to cover two sculptures in Isla Mujeres’ underwater museum, Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA).
The MUSA is an underwater sculpture park created to encourage the natural growth of coral reefs and has been open to the public since 2010 (though scuba diving skills are a must to be able to go see it).
For the project, Olek used safe, biodegradable materials and colors that mimic the reds, yellows and browns of the coral reef. The artist was inspired by a quote from Jason DeCaires Taylor, the original sculptor of the pieces in the MUSA, comparing the global oceans’ health to a ticking time bomb as ecosystems decline from overfishing and pollution. She specifically chose to crochet the bomb sculptures as a symbol of solidarity and call for environmental protection.
After finishing the installation Olek collaborated with Tre Packard of Pangeaseed on a stunning underwater photo shoot of divers wearing crocheted mermaid tails, bodysuits and butterfly wings.
#GRANNYSQUARE UPDATE: It’s now approx 400 square feet, weighs more than 22 pounds, includes close to 60 large skeins of @redheartyarns Super Saver #yarn, each of which now completes just one 80 foot long row. BUT, I’m still only 40% of the way to setting the #GuinnessWorldRecord.
Before you ask, there is no current record. After multiple appeals they finally agreed to open a new category for Largest #Crocheted Square if I make it at least 1,000 square feet. I think they were hoping that would make me go away, but as you can see, it just gave me a target. 😬
Last July a group of Australian textile artists transformed the foyer of the Warwick Art Gallery in Warwick, Queensland, Australia into a vintage kitchen in which every surface and object was either knitted, crocheted, felted, woven or wrapped in yarn. This colorful yarnbombing project was part of the 2014 Jumpers and Jazz festival.
From the stove, cupboards, sink and counters to all the food, dishes and even the country kitsch decorations on the wall, the project took 50 artists seven months and a prodigious amount of yarn to complete.
“Yarn bombing is an international phenomenon.” gallery director Karina Devine said, “This wasn’t about going out in the middle of the night and whacking something up on a fencepost. This was carefully planned. One of our team says our project was more ‘art’ than 'bombing’.”
Now the Warwick Art Gallery’s yarnbombing team is busy preparing for this year’s Jumpers and Jazz installation. They’re currently seeking assistance knitting and crocheting 500 diamond shapes. Click here for more information if you’d like to participate.