Street art can be divisive when it comes to how it’s viewed. Some people find it to be interesting and engaging, and enjoy that it makes a statement or gives character to a neighborhood. Others don’t like it as much and see it as distracting or unsightly.
But whatever side you come down on, street art never fails to surprise us. Part of its nature is to appear, as if by magic, in unexpected places. We think of art as being sequestered in a museum or gallery, and street artists all over the world want to bring it into public spaces.
Street artist Julia Riordan does this with her art, but her creations have a cuddly edge that makes them universally appealing: All of her pieces are made of yarn!
Yarn as a method of graffiti has caught on in the past couple of years, and has been popular all over the world. It’s not permanent, so no property is damaged, and it takes a traditionally quaint and domestic craft, and brings it out into the public to be seen in a fun, new, and arty way. And it appeals to crafters of all ages, including one 104-year-old woman from England who loves decorating her town.
Check out some of Riordan’s work below, and if you crochet, try your hand at making a little public piece of your own!