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1 Yarn Bombing: Claiming Rhetorical Citizenship in Public Space Maureen Daly Goggin Arizona State University, USA Rhetoric in Society 4 Copenhagen January 16, 2013

2 Yarn bombing is also known as : yarn storming yarn graffiti urban crochet and knitting guerilla crochet and knitting street or outsider yarn art Iceland Canada New Zealand

3 “where the things we make bear knowledge of the world, on par with the words we speak” Davis Baird, “Thing Knowledge—Function and Truth,” Techné 6.2 (Winter 2002): 13. Davis Baird “Thing Knowledge”

4 “A drawing on the street is similar to a letter. It proves that there is a writer.” A1one (a.k.a. Tanha) Tehran, Iran A1one 2011 (a.k.a Tanha), Tehran

5 Change and making the world a better place can be done with a grin instead of a grimace, a whisper instead of a bellow. What we do can alter the way people look at their world. How it alters it is up to them. That’s really our point. Deadly Knitshade, Knit the City: A Whodunnkit Set in London (Chichester: Summersdale, 2011) 124. Deadly Knitshade on Yarn Storming

6 Rather than bringing revolution to the front door and kicking it open, as their parents may have hoped to do, these independent [DIY] makers are using the disarming and unassuming aesthetic of DIY craft’s remixed domestic creativity to make subversive statements about the world in which they live. Dennis Stevens, “DIY: Revolution 3.0—Beta,” Craft Council (September 16, 2009). Dennis Stevens on DIY Movement

7 Iraqi War Protest in Denmark Pink M.24 Chaffee Tank April 2006 by Marianne Jorgensen Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen

8 Anti-Nuclear Yarn Bombing in Germany “No thanks” is the message by Strick and Liesel 2011 Political Decision Protest

9 Yarn Bombing Political Decision Protest Opposition to tramway expansion in Edinburgh Unknown Crochet artist September 2012

10 Germany 2011 by Strick & Liesel Message “Redundant” or “Fired” on “throw-up” tag Yarn Bombing Political Economic Protest

11 By Knit Riot Collective Los Feliz, CA June 2012 “ HOMEsweetHOME” protest

12 KnitRiot Economic Protest Yarnboming Highland Park School June 2011 PATH Homeless Center, East Hollywood December 2011

13 Québec Student Strike and Yarnbombing Above left Students hold hand knitted protest signs March 22, 2012 Above right Red knitted Protest quilt (stitched 1/2012-8/2012) Hung September 2012 “The struggle is only starting”

14 Fracking near Blackpool, England Nov Protest for Environmental Sustainability Yarn bombing at St. Annes Square, Blackpool, November 28, 2012 “Against Water F.O.W.L.E.R.S. Awareness Campaign”

15 Knitting Nannas Against Gas Australia A Protest (above) & Getting ready for a protest (right)

16 Protest for Sustainability Protest against Logging in Alberta, Canada

17 Protest against Tire Burning July 3, 2012 Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon Bokja Designers and Berirut Citizens “We are tyred”

18 Today’s activists must … recognize that their participation in public life will make a critical difference in their world. By acting proactively and with tactical and strategic wisdom, social change activists can bring a degree of social and economic justice... that has for too long been deferred. Brooklyn, NY “Play Me I’m Yours” Shaw, Randy. The Activist’s Handbook rev. 2 nd ed Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press, Graz, Austria Yellow Springs, OH Iasi, Romania Velbert, Germany Alberta, Canada

19 Thank you!


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