'Benalla Rugged Up' 2019 was installed by the Benalla Yarn Bombers on Friday 2nd August. There has been an overwhelmingly warm response on NEA's Facebook Page to posts we have shared, however we are aware that some people are perplexed, asking questions about the event and that the reception has been mixed on some social media sites.
The 'Benalla Rugged Up' planning portal on this website received a question through the contact us page ' '
"People have been asking why we are wrapping trees etc.
Can you email me the purpose of Yarn Bombing and what it is supporting please.
We asked Joy Shirley from Benalla Yarn Bombers to reply to our reader - here is Joy's reply:
'Benalla Rugged Up', an annual yarn bombing event, came about in 2018 when thinking about something that could involve the community at a quiet time of the year - winter. As the ideas developed, we realised that the end of winter meant that the streetscape had little colour and that yarn bombing could bring colour to the street.
There are a number of people in town who knit and crochet and this would give them an outlet for their creativity. As the ideas developed further, we found that homelessness week occured in August as well, so the thought of encouraging the community to be aware of homelessness in the north east while warming up our town also developed.
So the thoughts behind the event became warmlng/rugging up Benalla while encouraging awareness of the need to help to rug up people who are homeless."
The reasons underpinning yarnbombing events and the chosen sites vary. Bendigo yarn bombers yarn bomb a tram; while on the weekend of the Chiltern Jam Session festival in late July the pillars in the streets of Chiltern are yarn bombed with colourful squares containing music 'notes'.. In Benalla, trees and elements of the streetscape in the retail precinct are the focus of the yarnbombers' attention.
Would you like to read more:about yarn bombing?
'Knit one, Purl One - the mysteries of yarn bombing unravelled' Alyce McGovern, The Conversation
Bendigo Tramway = 'Yarn Bomb Tram'
'Yarn Bombing Lifts Spirits of Drought Hit Warwick '
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