For the Love of Yarn Bombing: Paying Tribute to a City—Stitch by Stitch

24 January 2024
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“I don’t just call myself a yarn bomber, I call myself a Vancouver yarn bomber,” says Deirdre Pinnock.

We are sitting in a café on Main Street in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The street outside has been dug up to make way for the city’s newest underground train; down the block, local restaurants and mom and pop shops are slowly being replaced by chain restaurants and supermarkets. This is Deirdre’s neighbourhood. She’s seen the street, and her city, go through many changes over the past few decades.

“Yarn bombing shows my pride for my neighbourhoods…here, up Kingsway, over to Renfrew. I do it for the love of my city and to give back to my community.” A prolific yarn bomber, Deirdre uses her creativity to express how she feels about her city and its citizens through crochet.

All photos courtesy of Deirdre Pinnock unless otherwise specified.

Copyright © Leanne Prain except as indicated.

About Leanne Prain

Leanne Prain is the author of Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles; Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery. Her fourth book, on the theme of creative troublemaking, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2022.

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