Los Angeles’ Craft and Folk Art Museum Gets Yarn Bombed
I’m sure I’m not the only LA resident who had no idea the Craft and Folk Museum of Art (CAFAM) existed, and I work on Wilshire Blvd, where the quirky museum is located. In the shadow of the much larger Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), it’s quite easy to miss. But after this week, it might be hard to ignore this quaint place.
When Yarn Bombing Los Angeles founder Arzu Arda Kosar looked at CAFAM, the idea of Granny Squared aka yarn bombing the building came to her. “Compared to the larger structures next to it, including the very grand and modern LACMA complex across the street, the CAFAM building almost looked like a toy house,” Kosar explained. “We then thought, what if we played with the aesthetics of the architecture to amp up the existing plastic qualities of the architecture, visually manipulated it to make it appear even more folksy, cutesy, colorful and whimsical.”
Gathering knitting-enthusiasts from all over the world, the team began to create the squares that now cover most of CAFAM’s facade. Granny Squared took participants from all walks of life. Knitters included actors, lawyers, students, and yes, even grandmothers. The final project took over 500 people to complete. A nifty map on the Granny Squared project website highlights the long journey some of these squares took to be on Wilshire Blvd.
“Even if you’re crocheting by yourself in your corner of the world, the act of collaborating with others toward a common goal brings you in contact with others and starts a dialog and networking opportunities,” added Kosar. “We know of at least one contributor who was looking for fellow participants from her state to start their own local knit graffiti collective. And that’s our ultimate goal: to activate spaces, ignite dialogs and inspire others to pursue their own projects.”
It’s clear that people have started to take notice of this amazing project. More information about the Granny Squared project is available on their website. Yarn lovers can even get involved in upcoming projects and meet-ups.