Crocheted Art & Yarn Bombing Inspire Fuzzy Feelings

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Got $90,000? You may want to consider buying an art installation consisting of entire apartment covered in crocheted yarn. The piece is by the artist known as Olek — she's the one who made a cozy for the Wall Street Bull back in December.

Today's New York Times takes a look at Olek, "grandma graffiti" and the practice of yarn-bombing. ("I don't yarn bomb, I make art," says Olek. "If someone calls my bull a yarn bomb, I get really upset.")

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It's interesting that her art and yarn-bombing are considered gender-specific. The Times headline is "Graffiti's Cozy, Feminine Side," and Malia Wollan writes:

Yarn bombing takes that most matronly craft (knitting) and that most maternal of gestures (wrapping something cold in a warm blanket) and transfers it to the concrete and steel wilds of the urban streetscape.

We get it! Men do not knit. Or put on sweaters, unless a woman tells them to.

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But there's definitely another factor at work: Day in and day out, we're surrounded by so many machine-made products, and so much of our lives — from texting to email to microwaves — revolve around saving time. But Olek's pieces — and the things yarn-bombers create — are hand-made, and require taking your time. It's the human element that I'm drawn to, not the idea that it's "woman's work." Although… it's cool that when lady-made stuff covers man-made stuff, that stuff seems more interesting. Women on top.

Graffiti's Cozy, Feminine Side [NY Times]
The Crochet Covered Apartment [Buzzfeed]
I Yarn-Bombed This [New York Magazine]

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Earlier: How To Knit A Giant Sweater For A Bull

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stacyinbean

There's a little park on my walk to work that has these large barriers that used to have chains linking them, some enterprising knitter has covered the chain holder things with adorable little knitted items. These two are pretty boring in comparison to the ones out there right now but they are just so cute! Some of the ones right now are a ladybug and a snail and one with a whole string of tulips. I'd love to find out who does it, she even changes them for the seasons!