Librarian Ruth Eveland has embraced radical knitting. She plans to become a yarnbomber — and she wants help. To that end, a Yarnbombing Workshop and Event will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. Workshop hosts will give a presentation about the concept and encourage attendees to knit or crochet items that will be installed at prearranged places. A yarn exchange also will be held as part of the event. Eveland is director of the library.
“I was looking for a program extravaganza for National Library Week, April 10-16,” she said. “Yarnbombing is different than the average craft workshop; it’s something that doesn’t happen only in the library, it goes out into the community.”
According to online information, yarnbombing, also known as graffiti knitting, guerrilla knitting or yarnstorming, is a type of graffiti or street art that displays colorful knitting and crochet in unexpected places, such as trees, public statues, bike racks and parking meters. These yarn installations may stay in place for years, but are considered ephemeral, not meant to last. They go up, usually in a clandestine way, and may be taken down by city officials after a few hours — which is what happened when yarnbombers in Denver placed knitted legwarmers on a public statue of dancers. Another example of yarnbombing is when knitters in Paris, France, filled potholes with large knitted flowers.
Yarnbombing is believed to have originated with knitters in Texas and since has spread throughout the world, with knitters and crocheters involved in the practice being viewed as fiber artists, albeit with a touch of the renegade “outsider artist” informing their work, according to online information.
Eveland, a knitter, was attending an American Library Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where she saw the book “Yarnbombing” by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain. The book inspired her to create the yarnbombing event for the Jesup library.
“I was trying to think what to do for a craft program for National Library Week. The library also has a new knitting group that meets at the library, so I asked the group what they thought about the idea. They were enthusiastic,” Eveland said.
Rather than conduct the yarnbombing in a stealthy way as some radical knitters do, Eveland has consulted Bar Harbor business owners about being yarnbombed. She said about half a dozen business owners throughout town have agreed to allow yarnbombers to festoon their property with colorful yarn creations.
“I wanted people to have the opportunity for discovery,” Eveland said of the yanrbombing. “I have no idea what we will do for the yarnbombing, but I thought a little bit of color would be appreciated as we go from winter to spring.”
During National Library Week, the Jesup library will be open 24 hours a day April10-16. The following events are scheduled to take place at the library:
- Josh Christie, “Beyond Superman: Graphic Novels 101,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.
- “Beneath Our Feet” with Tony Sohns, The Bug Guy, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.
- Author Jennifer Jacobson, “Small as an Elephant,” a book for young adults, 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The book is partially set in Bar Harbor, including a chapter set in the Jesup library.
- Meet the E-Readers, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14.
- Pajama Storytime Sleepover, Friday, April 16.
- Yarnbombing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
In anticipation of the yarmbombing event, some of Eveland’s knitting has been wrapped around a tree in front of the library. Knitters and crocheters from any town are invited to create something, or contribute something to the yarnbombing and to attend the event.
For more information call the library at 288-4245 and ask for Eveland.
Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.