Yarn artist Olek famously crocheted a warm cover for the “charging bull” statue on Wall Street in 2010. Perhaps the most well-known yarn artist around NYC, she is also known for her predilection for covering bystanders in ready-made suits of yarn. But yarn art has taken many forms in public spaces throughout New York City by a wide range of artists. Take a look below for our roundup of this trend, in the street scene, in galleries and even in retail stores:
Minneapolis-based HOTTEA (known in some circles as Eric Reiger) gave this bridge in Williamsburg a canopy made out of yarn in August of this year. HOTTEA began experimenting with yarn art after being arrested for spray painting. According to an interview with the artist on mplsart: “The HOTTEA project embodies the similarities and differences in all of us. I wanted to base the project off an idea that had room for growth.” Some of his previous work on the New York City landscape includes the construction of a yarn canvas that he then spray painted.
To see more of HOTTEA’s work check out his Flickr.
London Kaye O’Donnell
London Kaye O’Donnell planed to put up 80 pieces of “chrochiti” (crocheted graffiti) around NYC last month. In an interview with the Huffington Post earlier this month, the artist expressed her intention to beautify her borough with 80 pieces of crochet graffiti (also known as crochiti). Check out more of her pieces on her Instagram.
Spidertag, Madrid-based street artist who has been active since 2008 visited 5Pointz in July of this year. When using yarn, Spidertag fittingly creates geometric spider webs on black backgrounds. In an interview with Street Art NYC he says his work influenced especially by Egyptian culture. To see more from Spider tag click here.
The Skoto Gallery in Chelsea is currently exhibiting some of Ifeoma Anyaeji’s work, whose installations incorporate yarn with other mediums. Anyaeji, the Nigerian-born artist behind the sculpture pictured above, utilizes traditional hair plaiting and crocheting skills to turn everyday materials (like plastic bags) into mobile art pieces that resemble furniture. Her work centers on the idea of upcycling, or turning inoperative material into something of greater value. The exhibition will run through November 2nd.
Eric Ravelo for Benetton
Eric Ravelo is the yarn artist behind Benetton’s controversial POP up shop during Fashion’s Night Out last year, which features knit bodies in compromising positions. The show, entitled Lana Sutra, was meant to show that love unites us despite differences but was considered offensive by many patrons of the store. To see more of Ravelo’s work click here.
Yarn Bombed Skeleton at Kiehl’s
This yarn bombing at Kiehl’s left a display of bones much more cozy than its neighbors.
Artist Crystal Gregory did a series of yarn bombings called Invasive Doilies on razor-wire fences around New York City. The series was a part of the New York art show called Art in Odd Places which took place on 14th Street. According to This is Colossal, the hand crocheted doilies on hard surfaces around the city were meant as a challenge to gender roles. To see more of the multi media artist’s work visit her website.
Also see our previous coverage of the creative yarnbombing team in London, Knit the City.