The KnitRiot Collective, a group of mostly Eastside artists and crafters, have used their wool and fabric creations to attract attention to social causes and issues in a form of street art called “yarn bombing.“ Last year for, example, they hung fabric dollar bills from the branches of a tree outside a Highland Park school to protest school budget cuts. This year, KnitRiot takes on the mortgage crises with HOMEsweetHOME, an installation of 99-hand knitted houses that will be placed near a Bank of America branch on Saturday, June 9.
The knitters don’t want to publicly disclose the location of the Eastside area bank but did provide details of this weekend’s yarn bombing:
Continuing on the tradition initiated a year ago of using yarn bombing to highlight issues in our community, HOMEsweetHOME is KnitRiot’s expression of solidarity with the millions of Americans affected by foreclosure. Ninety-nine hand-knitted houses will be installed near a Bank of America location to be announced. A gentle form of protest, a fuzzy outstretched hand to our neighbors, KnitRiot’s brand of yarn bombing is both statement and whimsical artistic expression.
KnitRiot’s fuzzy form of protest is timed to take place on International Yarn Bombing Day.