Alternative craft goes mainstream!

Going through my emails this morning I was delighted to see a role being advertised at Kew Gardens for a yarn bombing position!

Yarn bombing – or yarn graffiti – or yarn storming  is something I have delighted in following online for quite a while — it is the idea of crocheting or knitting a cozy for a tree, a lamppost, railings or similliar. Look at the image results in Google 

It is such a colourful way of decorating and it is often done anonymously at night, although it is becoming more and more public.

As long as at some point it is cleared away again (so as not to turn into litter when in starts to breakdown) I think it is fab.

So I was delighted to see the job post at Kew, with a decent budget too! It is wonderful to see craft becoming accepted in this way.

RBG Kew is looking to commission an artist to design, make and install between 1 – 3 knitted tree cosies (or yarnbombed-trees) plus a participatory element, for our summer festival which runs from 24th May – 7th September 2014.

Our summer festival is telling the stories of a whole range of extraordinary plants which have been instrumental in the advancement of medicinal practices across the world.

This commission will take five of what we consider to be the most ‘important’ medicinal plants, and highlight them to visitors through the creation of highly visual yarn-bombed tree(s). Visitors will then be asked to ‘vote’ for which they think is the most ‘important’, adding a participatory element to the installation.

See here for the rest of the information – but be quick, the deadline is Tuesday!

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