Yarn is Da Bomb

If you haven't heard of "yarn bombing" before, welcome to the world. With the spread of indie craft fests and sites like Etsy, homespun crafting has gotten an edgy makeover. Check out any craft fest and you'll find tattooed rockabilly chicks and tattooed dudes with awesome hair hawking their handcrafted goods. (The tattoos might be mandatory; we're not sure.) For these youthful artisans, crafting isn't just something they do; it's their version of counterculture. It's rebellious and fun. It's activism. "Don't buy mass-produced! Buy from an artist!" Yarn bombing sprung up as one way to spread that message -- and a little color. Google it and you'll find plenty of examples, from mailboxes to fire hydrants to lamp poles -- everything looks like it's covered in Granny-made tea cozies. Now it's gone from subversive civil disobedience to art installation as Cadence-Living transforms the trees in the 400 block of North Andrews Avenue with -- you guessed it -- yarn. The installation is part of their ongoing "Tactical Urbanism" project. Help out from 4 to 8 p.m. with the bombing and get treated to eggnog, winter brews, and "reindeer games." Make sure to RSVP to [email protected] Bite Gastrotruck, Eggstatic Food Truck, and Veggie Xpress will be on-site. Later, stop by the Cadence Pop-up Gallery (435 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 2, Fort Lauderdale) during FAT Village Arts District art walk starting at 7 p.m. Visit facebook.com/CadenceLiving.
Sat., Nov. 30, 4 & 7 p.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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