The Kamloops Art Gallery and the City want to turn the downtown into a large-scale public work of art just in time for the 2013 B.C. Seniors Games.
In order to do that, the KAG will work with knitters, stitchers, crocheters and fabric artists to yarn bomb trees on Victoria Street.
“Yarn bombing, yarn storming, tree cozies, guerrilla graffiti and urban knitting are all forms of art that employ colourful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth, ”said Marlaina Buch, KAG’s education and public programs co-ordinator.
“Yarn bombing is an international public art phenomenon, practiced around the globe.”
To bring people up to speed on how it’s done, the gallery hosts a free information session Saturday featuring a renowned crochet and knit graffiti artist, said Buch.
The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and features a 45-minute presentation by Leanne Prain, author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti.
Buch said the talk will include a Q&A and info session about the Kamloops project and will be followed by a pom-pom making workshop. Copies of Prain’s book will also be available.
For more information contact Buch at 250-377-2405.
The B.C. Seniors Games takes place Aug. 20 to 24, 2013.