The American “yarn bombing”
artist knits up well. How did you get into knitting? When I was in high school, I had a boyfriend, and I really wanted to make him a scarf, but it took too long, and then I broke up with him. So, I really had no motivation to do it. It took me another 10 years to get back into it again, and it didn’t spark a passion in me until I placed it on inanimate objects. The first I did was a door cosy, and it really changed the course of things. What do you usually look for when selecting objects to yarn bomb? I like objects that are iconic, and something that says something about a place or a location. My recent project in Penang – there, I chose to yarn bomb a trishaw. As far as colours go, I tend to go with colours that clash. I try to combine colours I don’t like at all, and eventually, make myself like it through that project. That, to me, is a fun exploration of colour. What’s your most ambitious project? A double-decker bus in London. It took two days to complete! It’s been on my dream project list forever, and it’s one of the fastest projects I’ve ever done. The most memorable? A project for Comme des Garçons. I did a column that expanded six floors; it was all hand-knitted. Knowing Rei Kawakubo, she’s got a very specific vision, and while figuring that out was difficult at times, it was ultimately one of my proudest moments. What is the one thing that you would yarn bomb in Kuala Lumpur? I dream big. So, it would have to be the Twin Towers.