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Today I had the chance to talk to the South African artist responsible for the ‘yarn bombing’ that has been going on in Nablus over the last few days. Understandably she was unwilling for me to share her name as she was anxious that it would affect her upcoming visa application, but she kindly explained some of the ideas and motivations behind these artworks.

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The artist used yarn bombing (wrapping objects in woollen crochets) to juxtapose the playful, creative process involved in making these colourful pieces, with the very real threat of bombing more normally associated with life in Palestine. The artist chose trees specifically for their symbolism relating to hope, vitality and growth.

The artist worked with ladies from Askar to create the patches of crotchet which were later stitched together around the trees, bringing splashes of colour to the park, the Municipal Library and the Child Cultural Centre. The tree at the CCC was in fact planted by Yasser Arafat, so this combined with the yarn bombing gives a redoubled effect.

I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for these artworks over the next couple of days.

 

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Organized By
Project Hope Nablus Municipality

Main Sponsors

Ministry of Culture A M Qattan Foundation Al-kamandjati Bank of Palestine
Kia  Trust International Insurance United Motor Trade Palestinian Performing Arts Network
   
PCP Music Harvest    
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An-Najah National University  Nablus Foreningen Stavanger Kommune French Palestine Solidarity Association Amitie Lille-Naplouse
Nedco Ethno Palestine Médecins Sans Frontières Nablus-Initiative Nuremberg Lucky Babe
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Dar Al Funoon Al-Yasmeen Hotel MCRC   Abna'a Um Saa'd Forum Nablus Governorate
Boulder Nablus Le Philistin Social Development Center Palestine Festival Of Literature The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music
The Danish House In Palestine Danish Film Institute Filmlab Palatine Representative Office of Denmark Bait Al Sham restaurant and hotel
Najah Broadcasting Channel Nablus Cultural Center Palestinian Cultural Enlightenment Forum Yafa Cultural Center Tariq Al-Mahabe Radio
Zatoun Firefly International Diwan Voyage Karakeeb media production Qusra Municipality
Child Cultural Center Mariam Hashim Center For Culinary Arts Visit Palestine Al Sha'abeya Library Al-Ayyam Press
Dooz Kulturrådet Music Norway PalEvent Hebron Municipality
   
Saleem Afandi  Aez Hawwa' Nablus Circus School Najah News
 
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