Myself and my art class in HSE EVE Estuary, are involved in a yarn bombing project in association with The Irish Country Woman’s Association (I.C.A) of Kildare, as part of June Fest 2016.
The location for this project is in Linear Park, Newbridge Co. Kildare.
‘Yarn Bombing’ or graffiti knitting (as we like to call it) is a type of graffiti or street art that uses colourful displays of knitted or crocheted wool or fibre rather than spray paint.
We had been thinking about doing some yarn bombing around grounds of the Estuary Centre and had even started up a knitting circle; when one day I spotted a sign in my local shop in Athgarvan calling on community groups, schools and individuals to take part in a ‘Yarn Bombing’ project. It transpired to be organised by my local I.C.A. guild. I then started thinking about joining the I.C.A. Initially I was worried that I might be intruding on an older group of women. However, after my first meeting with the group my worries were set aside and I felt excited to be involving myself in my local community and meeting new people. I even convinced my mother (who was worried that she would be too old for the group….aren’t we such silly sausages when it comes to age) and sister, Emma, to join. So now we a officially member of a girl gang!
This project exceeded all of my expectations. It was an explosion of colour, creativity, craft and community. We are so happy to have been involved in it.
Mum and Alison (my sister) rallied up their troops in the SVP Newbridge Day Care Centre that they work in and created this wonder blanket from unused knitted squares and left over knitting projects.
We took a trip down to see our creations on site with the artists that were involved from EVE Estuary. Everyone was highly entertained by all of the beautiful knitted projects on display in such a wonderful way. Click HERE to see more images from this project and photographs of the artists involved from my class.
We would like to give a special thanks to Annie from the I.C.A. Athgarvan. Her work and energy for this project was unreal. Thank you for letting us be involved.
© All photos shown have been taken by Rachel Kiernan and are not to be used without permission.