Local Knitters Participate In Downtown 'Yarn Bombing'

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Thomasville, Georgia- September 4, 2012

Dozens of local knitters decorated the streets and trees of downtown Thomasville Tuesday as part of a new art trend called yarn bombing.

It started off as just an idea off the web, but quickly blew up to a much bigger project.

"It's been terrific," said Thomasville resident and knitter, Mary Kathryn Sibley. "We started out with about eight to 10 people, and we're up to over 60 people now."

Jane Bussom, is also one of the knitters. She added, "One item or one idea would lead to others and we would, you know, keep creating things as we went along."

For months, these women have been knitting everything from blankets and wildlife creatures to flowers and wine bottles.

It's all part of the Thomasville Center for the Arts fall art exhibition called, FLAUNT: 2012 Upcycle/Downtown. All of the artwork featured in this year's exhibit will include recycled and upcyled materials.

"Everything doesn't have to end up in a landfill," said Bonnie Hayes, the marketing director of Thomasville Center for the Arts. "There are other ways to use it and make it attractive and something you'd want in your home."

These artists used leftover skeins of yarn as well as pieces from old projects. They say the best part of the process though was coming together and creating something as a team.

"We just encouraged eachother from week to week and really had no idea what this would turn out to be but were pleased with it," said Michelle Westberg. "We think it looks good."

The official opening of the FLAUNT: 2012 Upcycle/Downtown art exhibition will be Sept. 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

The work of 28 earth-friendly artists will be featured in 28 downtown Thomasville shops throughout the entire month of September.

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