Spin yarn for the com­mu­nity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

A CRAFTY crew of Rivervale knit­ters has trans­formed Kooy­ong Street with a splash of colour.

The group of lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses banded to­gether un­der the ex­pert guid­ance of fash­ion de­signer Jo Richards to cre­ate an eye-catch­ing ‘yarn­bomb­ing’ in­stal­la­tion.

Phar­ma­cist Felic­ity Hatzis works at Chem­mart across the road from the rain­bow trees and was a key player in mak­ing the project hap­pen.

“The City of Bel­mont are try­ing to do place ac­ti­va­tion, and so they’re try­ing to en­gage com­mu­nity and in­crease the vibe,” she said.

“But you’ve got such di­verse groups, so I thought yarn­bomb­ing would be some­thing with min­i­mal ex­pense that would bring in a lot of di­verse peo­ple.

“I was ask­ing all these cus­tomers at the phar­macy who might be po­ten­tial knit­ters or cro­cheters, whether they wanted to be in­volved in this com­mu­nity art project,” Ms Hatzis said.

“They put up their hands and then word of mouth got around.

“The owner here has been fan­tas­tic, be­cause all the wool do­na­tions have been com­ing in the back door of the phar­macy.”

The seven trees rep­re­sent seven colours of the rain­bow, with all par­tic­i­pants work­ing on dif­fer­ent trees with a dif­fer­ent shade.

Ms Hatzis said: “It’s been in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful. One lady who’s from Albany said ‘at last I feel like I’m part of the com­mu­nity’.

“It’s won­der­ful. Peo­ple are com­ing and they’re so full of joy. Younger mums were drop­ping by and call­ing out, and it was like a car­ni­val day. It was mag­nif­i­cent.”

Ms Hatzis said lo­cals in the area were cur­rently es­tab­lish­ing a com­mu­nity net­work to stay in touch.

“We wanted to brighten up this shop­ping strip and bring com­mu­nity mem­bers to­gether, get peo­ple talk­ing.

“It’s been ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, the buzz in the air has been fan­tas­tic. We’re go­ing to have to do some­thing else,” she said.

The Rivervale Com­mu­nity Net­work has a Face­book page up and run­ning at face­book.com/river­valecom­mu­ni­tynet­work.

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