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.

Visit Hi-Fructose for additional images.

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Always searching for new applications for her crochet practice (see our coverage of her crocheted train and crocheted boat as well as our extensive feature in Hi-Fructose Vol. 29), Olek recently traveled to the Caribbean for an underwater installation in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. See more on Hi-Fructose

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)


Meet Grace Brett, 104-year-old great-grandmother, lifelong knitter, and quite possibly the world’s oldest street artist. Brett is a member of a yarnbombing club called the Souter Stormers, who recently decorated 46 landmarks in the Scottish Borders with their colorful creations for the YES (Yarrow – Ettrick – Selkirk) Arts Festival.

“The “Stormers” spent nearly a year secretly planning the project, which was part playful prank, part street art installation. The mischievous knitters took to the streets this month, covering fences, benches, and lamp poles all across the towns in elaborate knitted art. There were colorful knitted houses, animals, and little yarn families.”

Click here to view many more photos of the playful textile art installations created by Grace Brett and the rest of the Souter Stormers.

[via Bored Panda and mental_floss]

our Item 97 made it into the Danish papers!

The trashcan on the Square in Store Heddinge has been graffitied. Luckily of the more cosy and totally harmless kind: knitting graffiti.
In English known as yarnbombing, which directly translated means yarnbombing, and is crochet or knitting made as art in public space. Yarnbombing began as an underground movement and has later spread to become an international phenomenon that artists in all ages, nationalities and genders, use to create works to put in public spaces. Often like with graffiti, the artists tag their pieces either crocheted or knitted into the piece. The unknown maker of this colorful piece in the square goes by the name GISHWHES

TBT to that day I laid out the entire yarnbomb arsenal on the campus of SBCC. It’s now twice the size.
Feel free to like, comment, tag and repost. Shout out if you see your contribution. 📢

#sbcc #santabarbara #yarn #yarnbomb #yarnbombing #knit #knitting #crochet #crafts #collaborativeart #streetart #outdoors #outsideplay #nature (at Santa Barbara City College)


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’.”

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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.

[via Junkculture]

If you’ve ever googled #Yarnbomb chances are you’ve seen pictures of Carol Hummel’s iconic fiber art installations, but chances are just as good that you had no idea who created such masterpieces. She doesn’t have a social media presence, so her name isn’t as well known as many others, but one trip to her website, http://CarolHummel.com and I bet the phrase, “Wait, she did that one too?” will come to your mind repeatedly. She is a creative genius whose work has been commissioned around the world and I’m so excited she has agreed to be a featured artist on the YarnBomber Podcast. If you have any questions for her, let me know. If I use your question, I’ll send you a limited edition YarnBomber Podcast shirt.
This is a pic of her work in Morgantown, West Virginia done with macrame cord. I’m proud to say she was also a contributor to my Lizards Mouth installation.
#crochet #Yarnbombing #knit #knitting #installationart #streetart #fiberart #morgantown #wvu #podcast #yarn #art

I love that the week the Mermaids are in Townsville also coincides with Townsville being Yarn bombed to look like an underwater paradise. Everything is growing yarn coral and yarn seaweed!
#tsvyarnbomb #Townsville #Queensland #Australia #yarnbomb #yarnbombing #reef #streetart #yarnart #oceanart #conservationart (at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville)