Park a yarn bomb target
Exmouth Cultural Arts Centre will be brightening up the town central park next month with an unusual yarn bombing project designed to involve the whole community.
The arts centre is currently holding classes to create colourful knitted pieces which they will use to decorate everything from picnic shelters to water fountains, lamp posts and rubbish bins in Federa- tion Park. Project organiser Christie Wareham-Norfolk said this was the first time the centre had tried yarn bombing.
“I think it happens quite a lot in big cities, but not so much in smaller regional cities,” she said.
“But for a small regional community yarn bombing is an ideal project, because it can involve everybody.
“I’ve been really surprised by the number of people who have stopped me and said they’re really interested and can they be involved, and I think it’s because it’s such an accessible art form.”
The Shire of Exmouth is supporting the project, senior citizens are volunteering as tutors and residents of all ages and abilities are able to contribute.
The knitted creations will be on display in Federation Park for the two weeks of the school holidays, coinciding with the Shire of Exmouth Arts in the Park event on April 16 when extra knitting classes will run.
Ms Wareham-Norfolk said she hoped yarn bombing would add vibrancy to the park and would be a catalyst for more community arts projects in future.
The centre’s remaining knitting and crochet classes for yarn bombing are on tomorrow, Saturday and Monday.
For more information, see the Exmouth Cultural Arts Centre Facebook page.
Pauline Whyte, Anne Ransom, Rhonda Lord, Christie Wareham-Norfolk and Eva Cross get knitting.