From crocheted cars to potholes repaired with colorful bursts of yarn, guerilla knitting has become a daily sighting on the streets and all over the web. The yarn graffiti movement has reached worldwide proportions, with clever crafters all over the globe embellishing their local towns and cities. Making her directorial debut, Sarah Gonzalez has set out to investigate the trend with a new documentary.
The guerilla knitting phenomenon is a response to the male-dominated world of street art and graffiti. Knitting and crocheting have recently become an accepted and trendy craft to be done on the subway and even at bars in DIY knitting circles. But it also holds another historical connotation — it is generally associated with “woman’s work,” and the idea of woman as housewife.
Guerilla knitters use this craft as a tool to make a feminist statement by bringing it into the streets. The conflicting origins of crafting vs street art work together to create a new message and art form.
Gonzalez’s film will investigate the philosophy of guerilla knitting as well as its history, why it is dominated by women, and how the evolution of the art affects the knitters – for example the act of “selling out” and creating commissioned work. You can view the trailer and support the project by visiting IndieGoGo.
Images by Mira Thoennessen and Dan DeLuca