Yarn bombing, an international movement of knit and crochet graffiti, will arrive at a 3-mile section of the Mountain Goat Trail between Pearl’s Restaurant and downtown Sewanee beginning April 1.
“Yarn bombing is the act of attaching handmade yarn items in unexpected places, such as a street fixture or landscape,” said Sandy Rice, project organizer. “It’s a way to make the world a little brighter and more fun, with no damage to the environment.”
Yarn enthusiasts from Grundy, Marion, and Franklin counties are creating crocheted and knitted items known as tags. They will be displayed along various trees, post, benches, fences and rocks along the Mountain Goat Trail from the project’s grand opening April 1 through approximately the end of May, when Mother Nature will be expected to take over the color display and the tags will be removed.
Parking will be available at Mooney’s Market, Pearl’s, and the trail head parking area in Sewanee. There is no admission fee but donations to the sponsoring organizations are happily accepted.
Yarn bombing may have started in Houston around 2004, with a knitted item placed over a car antennae. It is now an international movement of knit and crochet graffiti intended to inspire feelings of surprise, joy. Some bombers may see it as taking a stand against the mass production of goods, others as taking a traditional feminine hobby and elevating it to an art form or bringing a solitary activity to a public forum. Knitted and crochet items remind the viewer of handcrafted sweaters, scarfs and afghans — soft, warm, comforting, useful.
The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance works to create a walking and biking path along the route of the historic Mountain Goat Railroad. The multiuse trail will eventually be 35-plus miles in length and link three counties and seven towns. More information can be found at mountaingoattrail.org.
The Grundy Area Arts Council provides coordination, communication, promotion, and development of cultural activities in Grundy County and the Southern Cumberland. Emphasis is on efforts to reach under-served populations and to support indigenous arts, artists, and resources. To learn more, visit grundyareaarts.org.
The project is sponsored by the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and The Grundy Area Arts Council. For more information, or if you would like to participate by making a tag or donating yarn, please contact project organizer Sandy Rice.