Graffiti knitter clothes inner city in ‘tree cosies’
A NEW style of graffiti has been popping up around Wellington.
Colourful knitting attached to trees can be seen in Cuba Mall and other public places in the central city, as knitting tagger Tash Barneveld (right) spreads her talent.
Ms Barneveld was taught how to knit by both her grandmothers and says she finds it relaxing to pick up her needles and be creative.
The idea of sharing her craft by displaying it publicly came after her on-line searches lured her to an American group who had invented the concept of graffiti knitting.
She says people of all ages have been encouraging about her work.
“It has been really positive. You see older women walking past with big grins on their faces, and then you get 14-year-old skateboarders saying ‘wow, that’s awesome’.”
The knitting tags decorate random trees and railings. Locations near conventional graffiti are chosen with the idea of challenging people’s perceptions of both art forms.
Ms Barneveld says if graffiti is well thought out and not damaging people’s property, its colour and creativity offer inspiration in a community.
CAPTION: Knitting becomes an outdoor art form in the hands of Tash Barneveld.