Yarn Stormers Aim to Class Up Bare Neighborhoods | Arts & Culture
Bringing crocheted or knitted pieces to the public is usually saved for arts and crafts fairs. For the West Flamingo Yarn Storming Group, based out of the West Flamingo Active Adult Center, knitting and crocheting has become a mission of public art.
Yarn storming is the art of creating small cozies to adorn urban landscape, cheering up otherwise bare, concrete environments with bright colors and patterns. The mission of the West Flamingo group is to improve the landscape one stitch at a time by creating temporary yarn creations to beautify the West Flamingo center and park. Railings, lamp and signposts, bike stands and tree trunks are the likely canvases, but automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bridges, statues and other large objects have been “stormed” in cities around the world.
The West Flamingo Yarn Stormers’ first project is to cover various railings and signposts on the center’s grounds. The group plans to work on a large temporary public art project to be installed for the 2012 International Yarn Storming Day on June 11, 2012.
Any senior age 50 and older can participate in the group, which holds sessions on Wednesday afternoons to knit and crochet squares and rectangles incorporated into various yarn storming projects. Unlike many yarn storming groups around the world, the West Flamingo group is for seniors only. However, the group is interested in partnering with teens and other yarn stormers under the age of 50 to help install the works after they’ve been created. The group also is accepting donations of yarn to help it complete its goal.
The West Flamingo Active Adult Center is located at 6255 W. Flamingo Road, near Jones Boulevard. Those interested in the Yarn Stormers group can call the center at 455-7742.