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From the Armed RevolutioKnits Manifesto on our blog:
We are students of the Claremont Colleges who have decided to express discontent with the maltreatment of women worldwide and promote positive social and political change through the art of yarn bombing.
We are reclaiming the art of knitting from its normal domestic connotation and transforming it into a display we hope can change the world and empower women.
Yarn graffiti is similar to regular graffiti in several ways. Most graffiti attempts to reclaim a public space for artistic and political expression and bring color to areas where there is none. Unlike other forms of graffiti, however, yarn graffiti ("yarn bombing") does not actually damage property and can be easily removed. It's also an art form that is generally associated with the domestic, so its use as graffiti is a twofold social provocation.
People may be surprised by the yarn graffiti disrupting the world around them, but we feel that this is the purpose of graffiti in the first place. Our yarn graffiti interrupts the normal environment by adding color and texture and by bringing to the surface issues that we feel should be discussed. Just because we don't necessarily want to see something doesn't mean we shouldn't acknowledge that it is important. We do not want to be offensive or accusatory, but would like to promote a dialogue about the issues that we raise.