When Culture Days rolls around in late September and October, the chain link fence along Broadway at the Gallagher Centre will have a very different appearance, thanks to Yorkton Yarn Bombing organized by the Yorkton Arts Council.
This year’s Yorkton theme is RE:IMAGINEd, and the Arts Council and participating artists are reimaging an outside space mostly overlooked because of its basic utilitarian function. The Yorkton Yarn Bomber collective will be installing yarn creations on the fence, adding a touch of garden fun for all to enjoy.
Michelle Easton, one of the Yard Bombing artists, explains that the concept is simple: 110 metres of flora and fauna spelling out Culture Days on the fence.
“We encourage involvement from everyone in the community,” she says. “If you knit, arm knit, finger knit, fork knit, crochet, weave, spool knit – well, you get the idea – we welcome all kinds of yarn creations.” Acrylic yarns, she explains, stand up best in the outdoors.
Michelle has provided tutorials to help beginners, or to be used as a refresher. They can be seen here in both video and PDF format.
“I created these patterns using simple techniques that, with some patience, hopefully results in a positive experience and lots of garden items to add to the project. Feel free to be creative, find other patterns or make your own creations. If it goes in a garden, it goes with our project.”
Culture Days are September 24 to October 24, but Yarn Bombing contributors are encouraged to start creating now. Nine patterns have been developed to kickstart creativity – choose from flowers, leaves and insects.
Yarn Bombing kits including a yarn hook and pattern are available for free and can be picked up at the Yorkton Public Library during regular hours, or those who already have supplies and a hook may create their own.
Finished items can be dropped off at the Yorkton Public Library, or can be added to the installation by the artist.
Yarn Bombers can retrieve their items between October 24 and 31; unclaimed items will be kept by the Yorkton Yarn Bomber Collective.
Sketch of the Yard Bombing layout on the fence at the Gallagher Centre to transform it into a 110-metre work of collective art.