Yarn bombing outside the Old Library during Voluntary Arts Week

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting.

“A type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”

Loom knitting
Jayne using the knitting loom made by men’s shed to produce yarn bombing materials

All of the art and craft groups that Artisans Collective facilitate at The Old Library Arts, Craft and Heritage centre in Prestatyn will be taking part in Voluntary Arts Week as well as receiving help from Men’s Shed Prestatyn.

Voluntary Arts Week takes place each May, in cities, towns and villages across the UK and Republic of Ireland. It’s a chance for people to get creative – sharing what they already do, or trying something new for the first time.

Creativity comes in many forms, from music and singing or visual art and craft to digital art and even cooking or gardening. However you choose to express yourself, you can take part in Voluntary Arts Week between 6-15 May 2016.

Aimee’s Art group and Yvette’s Crochet groups are working hard to prepare, and Steve and Pete are busy procuring materials for the outside displays. Meanwhile Jayne is busy knitting using the loom made by a Prestatyn Men’s shed member for part of the yarn bombing.

How it all began

The first Voluntary Arts Week took place in Scotland in May 2011 but, like most good ideas, we borrowed it from someone else.

Since 2007, thousands of people across Belgium have been enjoying the annual ‘Week of Amateur Arts’ (or WAK as it’s known there) and we thought a similar event would work well here.

In 2012 Voluntary Arts Week was rolled out across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Hopes are high that it will continue to thrive and grow into the future, just like WAK – and you can help make it happen.