Street Art Comes To Towcester!
|Author: Sue Hamilton||Published: 21st May 2012 17:49|
Ladies of Towcester Evening WI have been busy clicking away with their knitting needles to provide “tree cosies” for selected trees in the town. The red, white and blue knitted squares have been sewn together round the trees to help promote the community event being held to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
This form of street art sometimes referred to as “yarnbombing” originated in the Netherlands before becoming popular in America in the last decade.
The local WI ladies are hoping that their art will put a smile on people’s faces and get them talking about the jubilee event. “It’s about taking pride in our surroundings and making the town look colourful and interesting – using a traditional craft in a modern way. It has been an easy and enjoyable way to catch the imagination and creativity of our members.”
The street art is not intended as a permanent feature and it is hoped that the knitted squares can be re-used to make blankets for premature babies when they are removed.
The WI was also helped by two ladies in Somerset, Clarice Studley and Valerie Reason who heard about the project through a member of the Jubilee steering group. (Sam Hurrell)
The “Picnic in the Park” is on Saturday 2nd June 12 noon-5pm at Towcester Recreational Field, Islington Road, where the WI ladies will be serving cream teas in the Riverside Centre.
For further information on the Jubilee event please contact: David Reed by email or telephone 01327 352414