Yarn bombers Alice Burgess (left), Elissa Biermann from Evoke Designer Yarn and Fabric, and Dayle Morrison in Lismore with some of the destroyed knitted items.
Yarn bombers Alice Burgess (left), Elissa Biermann from Evoke Designer Yarn and Fabric, and Dayle Morrison in Lismore with some of the destroyed knitted items. Jacklyn Wagner

Decorations vandalised

THE Lismore Yarn Guerrillas worked their magic in the CBD last weekend. They did it so impressively that some people couldn't help but take home their own mementoes.

The 22 yarn guerrillas invaded Woodlark Street at 5am on Saturday, decorating various poles, trees and other pieces of public infrastructure with colourful knits.

The guerrillas, who go by aliases, donned their own knitted beanies and scarves to conceal their identities while they brightened up the urban landscape.

Knitted lizards, flowers, CD hanging mobiles and even poetry decorated the street.

The feat, completed on International Yarn Bombing Day, was a success and kept many members of the public entertained throughout Saturday.

But the street art lasted no more than 12 hours, thanks to the work of night vandals.

“Some things went missing but a lot of the stuff was torn down and found across the road on Saturday night,” yarn bomber Elissa Biermann said.

“I did expect a few things to be taken down but did not think so much would go.

“We gave our art to the public space to be appreciated and looked at. It's such a shame it was taken down so quickly.

“There were so many people that enjoyed it on Saturday. I thought it could have gone for the whole weekend.”

But Ms Biermann was optimistic and hoped the thieves were putting the crafty pieces to good use.

“I hope the people that took stuff like it,” she said.

“It's more about us spreading our street art and giving people things to come down and look at.”

The Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding was so impressed he asked the bombers to knit a cosy vest for the knight that stands outside his business.

He offered to pay for the materials and make a donation to a charity.

Because of the size of the task, the Yarn Guerrillas said they would consider it for next winter.



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