Just over 2 years ago I was one of 388 contributors from 36 countries along with all US states that participated in a yarn bomb organised by Stephen Duniers (@yarnbombs on instagram) to cover 18 sandstone boulders 3,000ft above Santa Barbara.
In 2012 Stephen made it his New Year’s Resolution to do 12 charitable things that didn’t involve writing a cheque and to learn 12 new skills. Number 4 on his list of skills was knitting. When I started making stuff with yarn, I made a cushion. Stephen instead decided to make a jumper for a massive eucalyptus tree on the Cold Spring Trail, Santa Barbara with a call out to visitors from his blog to contribute pieces.
The piece had an unprecedented impact on the locals. People ventured further to witness it before the installation was taken down. It moved people further into nature, it connected them to their outside environment. Yarn bombs has been growing ever since.
Stephen is now planning the biggest yarnbomb yet, ‘Dreamer’. in reference to John Lennon’s iconic song, “Imagine”, where Lennon invites the world to join him in imagining a world living in peace, without any reasons to kill or die for. The global online community Stephen has curated are from all ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds and you can join the ‘bomb squad’ for the next installation. Everyone is invited to send in a piece to be included in the project that will be unveiled in downtown Tuscon and the University of Arizona later this year coinciding with Stephen’s TedX Tuscon talk.
As always, the rules are, there are no rules!
Set your creativity free!
Submissions just have to be received by 30th November 2016 to the following address:
610 S Park Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
I started my piece today, a lot bigger than 2014’s. I’m so excited to be a part of it again.