Even though yarn bombing is illegal, it is not permanent and unlike all the other permanent forms of graffiti, yarn bombing can be easily removed if necessary. Yarn bombing is said to have originated in Texas as a way for students to use their leftover knitting projects, but it is now seen worldwide.
Mrs. Ames 8th grade Art Exploration class is responsible for the yarn bombing at Costa Mesa High School. This is a full year class elective that 8th graders can choose to take.
“I had my students make small rectangular and square knits and we then we put it on the tree. This is a project that isn’t seen negatively since you can just snip it off whenever you want,” said Mrs. Ames.
Students at Costa Mesa are not really sure what this is. Quinton Bell thinks, “It’s a very cool and creative way to express your love for trees. I think it symbolizes saving trees.”
Mrs. Ames class also has a bottle project display in the library that has a different meaning and a different origin. As for her class, she is trying to get different projects that are easy to do and express students in some form. Art Exploration is a relatively new class. She is excited to get the word out and to get more projects that can be publicly displayed around school.