Ever hear of “Yarn Bombing”? Me neither. Until I spotted this special exhibit going on at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In honor of the museum’s first exhibition of contemporary crafts, the front entrance of the Pearlman Building has been bombed. Yarn bombed!
The exhibit called “Craft Spoken Here” is an installation piece. “Found in urban, suburban and rural environments, knit bombing is a public form of contemporary craft concerning reclamation and personalization of public places. Knit bombing is a fairly new form of street art that entails knitting and crocheting cozies for trees, signs, lampposts and bike racks and varied forms of adornment on public sculpture. Also called yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting, and graffiti knitting…” (Phila Museum Web Site) Giant, colorful columns of granny squares blanket the façade. I have to tell you that in person, this towering display of handwork is stunning. As beautiful as the front of the Pearlman Building is, this splash of color is so much fun to behold. The oh-so common granny square design is soft and warm and oddly comforting in this setting. It has certainly kept me warm on many nights in my life. To see it here is somehow nostalgic and new. This familiar handmade craft is larger than life up against the cold stone of the Pearlman. I think it’s fascinating how personal this very public space feels decorated in this way.Continue Reading