Local resident adds colour to Lakefield with her hobby,“Yarn Bombing”
by Jaclyn Witherly
“Yarn Bombing,” a fresh, and popular form of graffiti has made its way to Lakefield.
Yarn bombs are knitted pieces that are installed in public places, primarily to brighten and warm up an otherwise gloomy area.
The art form is crafty and considered to be non-permanent and non-invasive, unlike other forms of graffiti.
Marilyn Kerr, who knits, weaves, and spins as a hobby, picked up yarn bombing recently as a fun pastime.
“I think ‘knitted graffiti’ is a better way to say it, but I thought it was a very whimsical idea, that people would take knitting and cover things that were not particularly beautiful and make them crazily fun,” Kerr explains, “ I thought it was unique. It’s not defined; it’s just what it is.”
She is part of a weaving guild, a story writing group and a craft group. The idea for Yarn Bombing first came to her when she saw a book about it in Chapters and decided to purchase it.
Her first project was covering the top of a small hydro pole out front of her house with knitted, colourful yarn.
Kerr has knitted flowers in her yard and yarn balls in her tree; she lives beside the pathway to the Marsh so she often hears children express their delight when they see her installations.
Kids enjoy it and men often make jokes, either way it adds colour and life to her yard.
Kerr has two installations downtown Lakefield, out front of Happenstance and the Stuff store. She went and asked their permission and they were more than happy to allow her to wrap the trees out front in colourful yarn.
Her plan is to take them down and add new pieces with fall and winter colours in the coming months.
The trend has just become popular the past few years. Many people Yarn Bomb huge statues and do elaborate creations in public places of cities. The art is nicknamed ‘Grandmother’s Graffiti’ although most of the installations are done by young people.
“I am a grandmother but I don’t feel ‘grandmother-ish’ about it,” explains Kerr. “I don’t feel as though it has to reflect your age, if reflects my fun with colour and sense of ridiculousness. I hope young people would try it.”
Her next project is to cover some stones in her yard and she believes it would be wonderful if others in Lakefield would start some Yarn Bombing of their own.
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