the action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art.
Yarn bombing Truro might not seem like a very ‘Quiet’ thing to do. It certainly didn’t feel like it as Stacie climbed onto Gemma’s knee, stretching up a lamppost like a cat on Lemon Quay… cue much laughter and curious onlookers (watch the video to the end). We were kicking ourselves for not stopping the firefighters as they drove past to ask for a lift up (next time, firemen!). Then a kind lady watching our struggle from a shop across the road came to our rescue with a tall stall so we could complete our mission. Several minutes later and the yarn bomb is done!
What’s the Truro yarn bomb all about?
People all around the world are transforming spaces with their textiles to raise awareness around important causes and build communities. As Time to Change Champions, we’re using yarn bombing to start conversations in Cornwall around mental health; specifically about feeling like you’re not good enough and the anxiety and depression that can go hand in hand with this when we keep those feelings hidden, secretly ashamed of who we are.
This is just a taster…
Yarn bombing has been a form of street art exclusive to knitters and crocheters until now. But, we believe it’s time that we all come together and open up this art to everyone else as well. Quiet team member, Stacie Clark, is the creative genius behind the #WeAreEnough campaign (find out more) and has plans for mini-yarn bombs across Cornwall throughout the year, with a big display on Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.
The #WeAreEnough movement in Cornwall
Here’s where Quiet Connections comes in. As a partner of the #WeAreEnough campaign, we’ll be using a mix of creative activities, tea and space in bringing like-minded people together to gently connect in spaces where it’s ok to talk and it’s ok to be quiet too.
Through setting up our Quiet Community Connections groups in six areas across Cornwall, we’ll be creating a community of understanding where you can make friends and take time out for self-care. This works in two ways:
- you’ll be connecting with people who have similar stories and challenges; sharing empathy, understanding and compassion so you know you’re not alone
- you’ll be connecting with yourself through creating imperfectly; learning to embrace who you are, increasing self-acceptance and self-kindness to live confidently as an imperfect person
The knitting, crocheting, writing, poetry, personal stories, paintings and drawings created at the Community Connections groups can contribute to The Creative Yarn Bomb of Love that will be on display during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.
How can you join the #WeAreEnough movement?
We have successfully Crowdfunded £2,500 with 64 supporters in just 14 days. That’s £500 over our £2,000 target and enough to make a good start with Community Connections in Cornwall.
Once the project has launched in April 2018, you’ll be able to come to your nearest Quiet Community Connections group (starting with Helston Connections on the third Monday of the month) or even create your own yarn bomb contribution at home and send it to the project.
Now we’re continuing to crowdfund to cover ongoing project costs to continue setting up and running our connections groups across Cornwall and keep them going:
Thanks in advance for your support! 🙂
Hayley shares her personal stories of feeling shy, socially anxious, ‘not good enough’ and fearfully avoiding the good things in life. Growing her confidence through coaching, gradually stretching her comfort zone and connecting with others, she now uses everything she has learned to help other people grow their confidence in her role as a coach. Hayley is passionate about connecting people with similar stories and creating safe, supportive spaces to make friends and try new things. Hayley dreams of a time when all of the strengths, skills and goodness in ‘quiet’ is recognised and appreciated as readily as being bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight is right now.