Jun 20th, 2013
This is the 2nd part in a 3-part blog post, about what I’m calling The 3 -Tions of Craftivism. (You can read about them here.) You can see the first part, on Craftivism and Donation here. The 2nd -tion of craftivism is beautification.
This is found in acts like yarnbombing. (And in scratching my head about this, I could only really think about yarnbombing, so you tell me, what am I missing?)
It’s taking your everyday surroundings in your own city and making them beautiful instead of barren.
However, I also think it comes with some responsibility to:
1. Not destroy property.
2. Check up on your work; make sure it is still in good shape from time to time.
3. Fix your work if it comes undone or someone messes with it.
4. Take down your work if it becomes too damaged to repair or it is looking unsightly!
Above, all, just remember the aim here is to beautify and make people look differently at old surroundings. A few examples:
(Photo by Flickr user casaciendias)
(Photo by Flickr user jam_project)
(Photo by Flickr user 81740669@N04)
(Photo by Flickr user spinsandneedles)
(Photo by Flickr user cynthiaparkhill)
(Photo by Flickr user kebabette)
(Photo by Flickr user vandalog)
There are hundreds more photos of yarnbombing to peruse over at Flickr here.
And while I was looking for photos, I came across this one:
(Photo by Flickr user staycurly)
And it has me wonder if this was true. (What are your thoughts?) I think in some cases this can be true, as yarnbombing can be fluffy and full of good-natured hijinks like chick flick movies. But, should it be more? Should there be more that is strictly political to give yarnbombing more weight? Or is it lightness just enough to get people interested in their surroundings again, which is political enough?