Guerillas in the Knits
An army of 500 "guerrilla knitters" from the world of craft and crochet spanning all 50 states and 25 countries has been working hard since October, amassing an arsenal of more than 12,000 five-inch yarn panels. Their mission? To "bomb" the Craft and Folk Art Museum. "CAFAM: Granny Squared" is essentially a homemade quilt for the whole building. But as followers of the Yarn Bombers know, it's much more than the sum of its parts. Operating since 2010, the Yarn Bombers regularly produce temporary public art from the intimate to the ambitious -- think of it as "knit graffiti," popping up all over the urban sprawl. From sweaters for denuded trees to patches for blighted buildings or fences, word-based messages in unlikely locales and even gallery-style interior installations, a brightly hued comfort emanates from their hands and needles, transforming some lucky corners of the city. Blending the goals and strategies of activism and gentrification, art and craft, architecture and nature, institution and access, Yarn Bombing creates public art that is made by and for the people. This particular bomb will be visible only until June 1; after that, this corps of "Granny Squares" is being turned into scores of comfy, cozy, colorful blankets for Christmas distribution on Skid Row. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-City; Sat., May 25, 7-9 p.m.; $12. Exhibition continues Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.- Sun., noon-6 p.m.; thru July 1. $7. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 25. Continues through July 1, 2013
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