Friday, January 9, 2015

Yarn Bombing L.A. to post 'Black Lives Matter' outside craft museum


The craft collective Yarn Bombing L.A. installed its latest message outside the Craft and Folk Art Museum. (Yarn Bombing L.A.) by TRE'VELL ANDERSON

Known for its knitted graffiti across the city, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles is back with a political message: The collective said it will display the words “Black Lives Matter” on the fence of the Craft and Folk Art Museum starting Monday, its way of supporting the national movement against police brutality and the killings of unarmed African Americans.

The Yarn Bombing L.A. installation, as seen from the sidewalk, with the Craft and Folk Art Museum in the background. (Yarn Bombing L.A.) “With what’s been happening in the United States in the past year, we felt that there are spaces which are not safe for certain members of our community,” said Carol Zou, “head poncho” of Yarn Bombing L.A. “That’s something we wanted to address.”

The art installation is part of the group's revival of its Urban Letters project, a Tumblr page where community members can suggest messages they want turned into knitted displays in public areas around Los Angeles. The site and the subsequent work they do, Zou said, helps to change “the way we look at public space and who gets to access that.”

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