Graffiti knitting with Magda Sayeg: S&B Londoners guerrilla knit the South Bank
Posted by Deadly Knitshade on March 1, 2009
Friday the 20th of February. 10am. London’s South Bank. A gaggle of slightly nervous fledgling guerrilla knitters assemble in the Royal Festival Hall. Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to yarn up the South Bank like it has never been yarned up before.
Armed with knitted strips, tubes, and squares, a pocketful of fat tapestry needles, and a bellyfull of knitting grrrrrrr S&B Londoners got their guerrilla knit on in the fine company of Magda Sayek, guerrilla knitting Queen and founder of Knitta Please, and Perri Lewis from the Guardian.
From the Royal Festival Hall, where we put the finishing touches to our yarnbomb components, we took off for St Paul’s, adding woolly grafitti as we went.
The South Bank Skate Park
A wave of knitting rolled over the South Bank Skate Park as we wrapped a railing in our finest colours.
The London Pride Statue and Laurence Olivier Statue
The chilly ladies of the London Pride statue caught our eye. The knitted bikini went down particularly well in the morning sunshine, and Sir Laurence got his leg warmed.
Gabriel’s Wharf Sign Post
Magda stopped to knittify a signpost in the shadow of the OXO Tower. The rest of us stood look out. No signposts were harmed in the making of this graffiti knit.
The Tate Modern Bollards
Very fitting that we made the outside of the Tate as arty as in the inside. The bollards lasted less than two hours. People had run off with two and unravelled half of one on the way back. Swines!
Across the bridge and we were down to four guerrillas. Magda told us that guerrilla knitting was getting much more popular in Europe. She felt a bit like the knitting David Hasselhof. What better place to give a little yarn love then?
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s was possibly our most controversial knit grafitti of the day. We pretty sure you’re allowed to do this to traffic beacon poles. But if anyone asks we were simply passing through when our knitting got frightened by a passing taxi horn and ran up the pole. What could we do?
All in all it was a yarn-tastic day. We’d like to thank Magda and Perri for approaching us with a tiny idea that we helped turn into a knitting day to remember.
We hope you’ll all join us in making your outside world a little bit knitter too. We bet you’ve already got a couple of places in mind…