Li recentemente um post sobre a Blog Streetcolor sobre um grande projeto yarnbombing que aconteceu neste verão na Itália. Ele foi projetado para ajudar a comunidade a se curar de o impacto devastador da 2011 terremoto que aconteceu lá. Isso me fez lembrar de outra história de crochê de outro terremoto italiano, por isso me chamou a atenção. Acontece que ele é um grande exemplo de como yarnbombing, o que você pode pensar sobre isso, pode ser um grande serviço para algumas comunidades.
O 2011 Terremoto / 2012 Yarnbombing
Em 2011 A antiga vila romana de Brienno foi atingido por um terremoto. A reportagem após o evento começa:
“Verão 2011, em duas horas uma enorme quantidade de água invade a montanha ao redor da área de uma pequena vila na costa do Lago de Como, Brienno. Uma imensa quantidade de detritos destruiu a aldeia, Brienno is now a ghost town.”
Streetcolor explains that a textile artist called Elleta Handmade wanted to help bring renewed celebration to the town with a yarnbombing on the one year anniversary of the event. Requests were made for knit and crochet pieces to be sent to cover the wreckage still remaining in Brienno – a yarn-y rebirth of sorts, a handcrafted Phoenix for the ashes.
The night before the installation was supposed to take place there was a huge storm that threatened another landslide but shortly thereafter the installation did go up. Even the mayor of the town helped in the yarnboming.
O 2009 Earthquake in Aquila
This yarnbombing event was actually inspired by another similar event that happened after the Aquila earthquake in 2009. Elleta Handmade had heard about that and wanted to do something similar for the people in Brienno.
I was familiar with the Aquila earthquake for another reason. In my research for my book, Crochet Saved My Life, I learned about a woman named Maria D’Antuono who crocheted to stay calm while she was buried in the rubble of that earthquake. The 98-year-old woman was stuck for 30 hours before being rescued! In the book I discuss how some people theorize that crochet may have helped her avoid panic attacks and even prevent PTSD from this traumatic event.
Yarnbombing to Heal Communities
Crochet Saved My Life is all about how crafting helps individuals but these acts of yarnbombing show how public displays of craft and art can help heal communities. When a place is devastated by a natural disaster, these things can help. Of course in the early stages of a disaster these people need tangible help – comida, shelter, medical care – but a year or two later the world has moved on to the next disaster and these communities are still struggling to rebuild. Sometimes this can lead to prolonged and widespread depression during stages of the process.
Yarnbombing brings beautiful, colorido, fresh new life and energy to an area. People from around the globe come together to create the crochet and knit items to be installed. This lets the people of the community know that they are not forgotten. And it brings a sense of comfort and hope to the area in a time when they still need it.
What great fiber art projects! Photos via Crochet Circus