Our clients and members of staff from Stourport and Bromsgrove joined the Kidderminster Arts Festival this year, to celebrate the 175 years anniversary of the Penny Black along with the 25 years Anniversary of the organisation.
The Stourport and Bromsgrove day centre service users of Headway Worcestershire dedicated several months to an imposing project that involved an uncountable amount of yarns, knitting needles and over 100 patches of rainbow-coloured shapes. [Scroll to the bottom for Gallery!]
To put it simply…
Still confused what this is all about? The teams have yarn bombed the Sir Rowland Hill statue in Kidderminster for the duration of the local Art Festival (8th – 23rd of August). Eira Walters from Waste 2 Want kindly donated her time and skills to help with this project, to whom “we owe a lot for her good humoured support and guidance”, confesses Sue Johnstone, dedicated support worker at Stourport. “The service users have knitted, crocheted, sewn and made pom-poms and little woolly animals. Several of them have even started weaving at home.”
Sue adds, “the Thursday afternoon craft group have been working on this every week for several months, but all the groups at the Stourport and Bromsgrove Day Centres have contributed some time to it. “
If you are like the rest of us, and wonder… what on earth is yarn bombing?! Here’s the definition: “Yarn bombing, yarn bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”
The project was aimed at the city centrepiece because of the 175 years anniversary of the Penny Black, the first adhesive stamp proposed by Sir Rowland Hill, which featured the profile of Queen Victoria, also present on the nearly 4m long cape that is sheltering the stone figure.
Mandy, the Assistant Outreach Manager in Stourport said that “making the cape has been an invaluable bonding experience, and it has stretched all of us. I love the fact that as a group, we have accomplished so much.”
If you’d like to see the result, head over to The Kidderminster Arts Festival (outside the Town Hall) until the 23rd of August to see the project. To support us on our anniversary year, you could make a small donation or spread the word about what we have accomplished.
More information on the event and our involvement with the Kidderminster Arts Festival can be found on the official website.