Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti
By Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain (Arsenal Pulp Press, September 2009)
About the book:
On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. “Knit graffiti” is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then “donate” them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination.
Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti is the definitive guidebook to covert textile street art. This full-color DIY book features 20 kick-ass patterns that range from hanging shoes and knitted picture frames to balaclavas and gauntlets, teaching readers how to create fuzzy adornments for lonely street furniture. Along the way, it provides tips on how to be as stealthy as a ninja, demonstrates how to orchestrate a large-scale textile project, and offers revealing information necessary to design your own yarn graffiti tags. The book also includes interviews with members of the international community of textile artists and yarn bombers, and provides resources to help readers join the movement; it’s also chock full of beautiful photographs and easy step-by-step instructions for knit and crochet installations and garments.
An inspiring and unforgettable look at the world of knit graffiti and the creative folks behind it, Yarn Bombing deserves a place on any hip crafter’s bookshelf.
—Debbie Stoller, editor-in-chief of BUST Magazine and author of the Stitch ‘n Bitch books
Price: $19.95 USD $21.95 CDN
Canadian distributor: Jaguar
US distributor: Consortium
Now available in North America, Australia and the UK!
To receive a copy order direct from the Yarn Bombing page on the Arsenal Pulp Press website or ask your local bookseller or yarn shop to stock it for you.
Also available in the German language from Droemer Knaur:
Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
by Leanne Prain (Arsenal Pulp Press, September 2011)
Hoopla, by the co-author of 2009′s bestselling Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet & Knit Graffiti, showcases those who take the craft of embroidery where it’s never gone before, in an astonishing, full-color display of embroidered art. Hoopla rebels against the quaint and familiar embroidery motifs of flowers and swashes, and focuses instead on innovative stitch artists who specialize in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as needlepoint nipple doilies and a ransom note pillow; it demonstrates that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work.
Hoopla includes twenty-eight innovative embroidery patterns and profiles of contemporary embroidery artists including Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching; Rosa Martyn of the UK-based Craftivism Collective; Ray Materson, an ex-con who learned to stitch in prison; Sherri Lynn Wood of the Tattooed Baby Doll Project, which collaborated with female tattoo artists across the United States; Penny Nickles and Johnny Murder, the self-proclaimed Bonnie and Clyde of embroidery; and Alexandra Walters, a military wife who replicates military portraits and weapons in her stitching. Canadian contributors include artists living in Vancouver, Victoria, Bowen Island, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto.
Full-colour throughout and bursting with history, technique, and sass, Hoopla will teach readers how to stitch a mythical jackalope, needlepoint nipple doilies, a ransom note pillow, and mean and dainty knuckle-tattoo church gloves, and encourage them to create their own innovative embroidery projects. If you like anarchistic DIY craft and the idea of deviating from the rules, Hoopla will inspire you to wield a needle with flair!
With a foreword by Betsy Greer.
Price:$29.95 CAD | $29.95 USD
Canadian distributor: Jaguar
US distributor: Consortium
To receive a copy order direct from the Hoopla page on the Arsenal Pulp Press website or ask your local bookseller or craft shop to stock it for you.
Also available e-book formats.
Author: Leanne Prain
Photographer: Jeffrey Christenson
Cover artwork: Hippo by Tumim & Prendergast
Foreword by Betsy Greer
Contributors List: Amy Adoyzie, Cate Anevski, Joanne Arnett, Heather Bain, Jennifer Baker, Amanda Bowles, Malarie Burgess,Jamie Chalmers, Annie Coggan Crawford, Kirsten Chursinoff, Jacque Lynn Davis, Natalie Draz, Jessica Dreker, Andrea Drawjewizc, Angela Duggan, Sarah Edwards, Ulrika Erdes, Karyn Fraser, Brette Gabel, Alyssa Glass,Jenny Hart, Sarah Haxby, Eliot M. Henning, Sarah Hernandez, Marie Horstead, Jennifer Hudson, Takashi Iwasaki, Nicola Jarvis, Lynn Kearns, Abby Krause, Liz Kueneke, Siobhan Long, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Rosa Martyn, Ray Materson, Laura McMillian, Krista Muir, Johnny Murder, Rebekah Nathan, Penny Nickels, Esther Oh, Iviva Olenick, Andrew J. Phares, Christopher Prendergast, Claire Platt, Jo Safferton, Richard Saja, Ellen Schinderman, Kat Siddle, Laura Splan, Erin Stanton, Sarah Terry, Matilda Tumin, Olivia Tumim, Allison Tunnis, Barbara Randall, Alexandra Walters, Jenny Webb, Sasha Webb, and Sherri Lynn Wood.
Forthcoming Fall 2014 – Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles
Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles, a new book by Leanne Prain (author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery and co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti). Strange Material will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Fall 2014.
Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles will explore the relationship between handmade textiles and stories. Through the text, the act of weaving a tale or dropping a thread will take on new meaning for those who may have previously only seen textiles as functional objects. This book will encourage storytelling to leap off of the page and into the mediums of batik, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, crochet, or weaving. The artists that will be featured in this book create narratives with a needle instead of a pen, dye rather than ink, weave in place of paper. Themed chapters will include fiction, poetry, wearable stories, manifestos,memoir, pictorial stories, and humor.