Spin yarn for the community
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.