By Hilary Caton. Published on August 05, 2015
If you’ve walked by the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) on Queen Street West lately, you might have noticed a rather interesting bike – one completely covered in yarn.
This latest yarn bombing, a form of street art that involves the act of covering everyday objects in a community with yarn as opposed to paint or chalk, was done by the men and women of the PARC drop-in knitting group.
“I’m so excited about it,” said Tara Kerr, the facilitator of the knitting program. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s for people of different skill levels.”
This isn’t the first time Kerr and her group of yarn bombers have chosen to decorate Parkdale.
She said about two years ago they decorated some trees with flowers and sweaters in a parkette at Dufferin and Queen streets. They had been invited by the Parkdale Business Improvement Area (BIA) to make the area more festive for a spring festival.
They also did a yarn bombing for the Lab Cab Festival last year on a chain link fence at Close Avenue and Queen Street West.
Kerr said everything on the bike was knitted by participants of the drop-in program. It has an ocean theme complete with fish, seaweed, shells and jellyfish; all made of yarn.
“It’s just fun and it’s an expression of art so we can make our community more interesting and decorative and beautify the community,” Kerr said.
“It’s also a way for us to get out in the community as well, as opposed to just sitting inside and knitting things for ourselves.”
The knitting program is one of several drop-in programs available through PARC, a social services organization that works with its members on individual issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness and food security. Members have access to services through four core areas of operation: a peer-support program, an outreach program, supportive housing and a drop-in centre that has a variety of programs including art, writing and knitting.
Kerr said the program has about 10 people that come in every Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“Everybody got to participate based on their level of experience and interest,” Kerr said.
Parkdale has been yarn bombed a few times in the past few months, including a tribute to the minions from the Despicable Me that can be found at Queen Street and Wilson Park Road. The artist responsible is still unknown.
Kerr said the group is by no means “guerrilla yarn bombers” and often put up the pieces in broad daylight. She said she would like to do more of it, but just doesn’t have the time.
“I’ve seen ideas online. And as I sit outside my apartment I see things I’d like to yarn bomb like a park bench or mailbox; I just don’t have enough time,” she said.
“But there will be more, you just have to keep an eye out for it. This is only our first attempt at an object. There could be others.”
This article is taken from InsideToronto