- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470021900
- ISBN-13: 978-1470021900
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,346,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The catalog includes essays that relate yarn bombing to the feminist art movement in terms of using non-traditional and unexpected materials, especially "feminine" techniques in non-domestic settings. Even though knitting and graffiti seem to belong in opposing spheres, both are creative expressions marginalized by "high" art. Furthermore, the essays present knit graffiti as self initiated public art. But the heart of the catalog is the artists' pages where each artist is given one full page with their bio, images of their work and quotes.
It noteworthy that Huffington Post ran article about Yarn Bombing 18th Street entitled Yarn Bombing Isn't Just About Knit and Run Anymore. These artists own up to their graffiti in a very conventionally "fine arts" manner, bios and all. The bios underline the variety of folk drawn to yarn bombing and how they each relate to it in their own very different way. The mix includes professional fiber artists with manifestos, hobbyists who heard about this cool way of displaying knit, dedicated craftivists, urban interventionists, conceptual artists who took on yarn bombing as a "project", interdisciplinary artists and so forth. There are men, women, even kids of all ages and backgrounds. It's amazing that they all got together in a singular event.
Yarn Bombing 18th Street catalog has a lot of pictures, including documentation of the 6 month process of putting the event together and the stich and bitch gatherings. But one wishes for even more pictures. The catalog dedicates one page to each artist, but some have up to five different pieces. The more prolific the artist, the smaller each individual image on the page. Perhaps there should have been one page per each yarn bombing installation instead.
The timeline mentions that this event led to the formation of a knit graffiti collective "Yarn Bombing Los Angeles" who went on to yarn bomb MOCA's Art in the Streets exhibition because it focused on a narrow definition of street art. In that case, this catalog feels like volume 1. It'll be interesting to see what comes next.
This catalog is one of the first catalogs to feature an show consisting of yarnbombing artists from around the globe. Each full-color page is devoted to a different artist and their work. I loved seeing all the different and innovative ways yarnbombing was approached by each individual artist. From knit candies to hubcaps to sweater-covered trees - this catalog has it all! A great addition to any art library and a coffee table book that will be loved by all and spark lively conversation.
The best part is that the magazine is self-published by Yarnbombing Los Angeles, so any proceeds from this book will go directly back into funding more street art.