As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
Today, we start a new series called Knits & Nets. We feature artists from around the world and how their brand of art is impacting their communities in a positive way…
Dose # 69-75- Knits & Nets
Knits & Nets 1: Yarnbombin’ with Ishknits
The Idea: instead of using chalk or spray paint, people use yarn as a tool to express themselves in public. This is sort of a tolerable and non-damaging alternative to vandalism
A Little About YARN BOMBING
Info from Wikipedia
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
About Yarnbomber ISHKNITS
Info from her website
“Ishknits, or Jessie Hemmons, is a yarnbomber who recently moved to Oakland, CA from Philadelphia, PA. Her work concentrates on facilitating a shift in the perception of street art, by using a typically feminine craft to initiate a dialogue on the relationship between gender and non-commissioned public art. Through her use of vibrant colors and an historically emphatic medium, she encourages people to understand and utilize the ability they possess to be assertive as well as positive in their community.” See more
How she got into knitting: “Hemmons learned to crochet as a teen. A rough childhood led her to a juvenile detention facility where she had difficulty fitting in. Eventually, she found crochet hooks and, through some relentless begging, got other girls to teach her the craft.
She explains how this experience became an Oh-I-see moment for her, learning that “knitting and crocheting can be used as a language; a way to connect with people when other methods aren’t as effective.”
Read more on oh-i-see
Watch this American Hipster episode featuring the world of Yarnbomber Ishknits
Looks like Ishknits has really caught people’s attention —even the folks at Procter & Gamble – below is a print ad for Tamapax Radiant featuring her and her art.
Learn more about the ad campaign’s concept from its creative director – Katie Mellor
Here’s the TAMPAX Radiant campaign featuring yarnbomber Ishknits
See more of Ishknits’ works
Connect with her on Facebook
Check out TIME images: “The Fine Art of Yarn Bombing”
“Step aside graffiti artists. Yarn bombers take their craft to the streets, stitching cozies for everything from bike racks to entire buses…”See more
Read this article “Yarn Bombing – The Art of Knitting to Decorate the Urban Scene” on Landscape Architects Network
So do…learn from what Ishknits says and does: “Understand and utilize the ability we possess to be assertive as well as positive in our community.”