How A Street Artist Makes Colorful Murals Out Of Yarn

How A Street Artist Makes Colorful Murals Out Of Yarn

My name is London Kaye,
and I’m a street artist here in Brooklyn, and everything
I make is made out of yarn. Yarn bombing is when you take
a piece of crochet or knit, and you wrap it around
something usually outside. I think it’s great because
it takes that craft of your grandma that
holds so much nostalgia and it is almost reinventing
it in a whole new way. I started crocheting when I was 13, and I sold scarves to my friends and girls at my dance studio when I was growing up. After I graduated college,
I was working at Apple, like nine-to-five job, and
knew there was more to life than selling computers. So I took one of my scarves I made and wrapped it around a
tree outside of my house in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and left it there. And it started catching on,
and I haven’t stopped since. So coming up with a piece,
it always just starts with an idea, and I get an
inspiration from current events, things going on in pop
culture, bright colors, anything that kind of interests me. From there, sometimes I’ll draw it out, water down the shapes to
the most basic shapes. From the sketch, I crochet it. I glue it all together and
then I hang it up on the fence. I’ll go through and tie
each string up on the fence, cut the strings, take a photo, and I’m out. I usually put up my crocheted
art on chain link fence. When I started out, I had no idea it would be such a perfect canvas because it allows you to stretch
and manipulate the yarn. I also love doing it
out of like a water pipe or unexpected objects that you usually wouldn’t see crocheted. I like to mix a lot of different colors and textures together to
create a bit more depth. I print my own crochet
hooks on 3D printers. I actually just got a patent
approved a few weeks ago. My crochet art usually
lasts about two weeks. It’s not the weather
that hurts the crochet. The yarn does very well in
rain and snow, in the heat. It’s usually people that take it. But I tell myself whoever
takes it loves it so much they can’t live without it,
and that kinda keeps me going. Out of the probably 400
yarn bombs I’ve hung up, I’ve been stopped four times. I never got officially
in trouble by the police, and hopefully I’m going
strong with that record. Right from the start,
people started reaching out, brands started reaching
out to me asking them to do marketing campaigns,
advertising campaigns. A couple of my favorite brand
collaborations I’ve done is a capsule collection
with Red Valentino, which is a fashion
brand based out of Rome, and I got to do 14 different
store windows around the world and open up two new stores
and do a capsule collection of crocheted clothes. Dream. I got to do a 25-foot-by-50-foot billboard in Times Square for Miller
Lite beer, all crocheted. And I’ve worked on a Gap
commercial crocheting a school bus. I’ve crocheted high heels
for Sarah Jessica Parker. My favorite piece is a
crocheted dragon I put up. It was on Sixth Avenue
between 14th and 15th Street, and it stretched for about 20 feet, and it was shooting fire out of its mouth. When it got pulled down,
the community came back with ribbons saying, “Where’s my dragon?” “Who took my dragon?” And it was the first
time I got to see, wow, this art really does affect
the people that live here and see it every day. Everybody has that connection to yarn, so no matter who it is, young, old, where they’re from, they’ve seen crochet. I just love bringing
unexpected joy to people’s day, and I think that’s what street art does. I am a really big “[The]
Amazing Race” fan, so I was at a sushi restaurant one night and I met the host of “The Amazing Race.” We got to talking, and somehow, I ended up on a season
of “The Amazing Race.” I came in third place. The crochet did not help at all. I was really hoping for
like a crochet challenge, or a a crochet challenge,
or a crochet challenge, no.

21 Replies to “How A Street Artist Makes Colorful Murals Out Of Yarn”

  1. Thanks so much! I crochet as well. Having alternative shapes & uses should keep me busier than my blanket norm.

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