Knitters to “Yarn Bomb” Carrick-on-Suir for Clancy Festival

An example of a tree that has been "yarn bombed". The Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival is looking for volunteers to knit for its yarn bombing art project that will decorate treets and street furniture around the town.
An appeal has gone out to knitting enthusiasts to get their needles in action to create colourful pullovers for Carrick-on-Suir’s trees and street furniture.

An appeal has gone out to knitting enthusiasts to get their needles in action to create colourful pullovers for Carrick-on-Suir’s trees and street furniture.

The Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival is looking for volunteer knitters to work on a street art project intriguingly called “Yarn Bombing Carrick-on-Suir”.

Their skills are required to literally knit or crochet a cover for a tree, a park bench, a lamppost and other street furniture in the town.

The knitters finished masterpieces will go on display around the town in the week before the June Bank Holiday Weekend Festival, according to Clancy Festival Art Trail coordinator Linda Fahy.

She said they already have some knitters working on the street art project but they need more volunteers.

Leading the dedicated team of knitters is Carrick-on-Suir based artist Susan Sayers from Fethard, who proposed the “Yarn Bombing” project as a fun but creative initiative for the festival.

Linda Fahy said knitters of all ages and skills can get involved in the “Yarn Bombing” .

“All you need are some basic skills, bright coloured wool, needles and your imagination.

If you can knit or crochet a square, you can yarn bomb a tree.”

Knitters are being asked to knit square patches of 20 stitches and 20 rows, 30 stitches and 30 rows, etc… . According to Linda, the patches can be as small or as big as you like. Brightly coloured wool is preferred.

Knitters must submit their completed pieces to the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre any time before May 23. There will be a box at the Centre’s reception where they can be dropped off.

“Hopefully we can get enough people interested in knitting for the project. It will create a splash of colour around the town,” said Linda.

She pointed out that they were also looking for donations of wool for the project, which can also be submitted to the Nano Nagle Centre reception.

This wool will be given to local schools so that the town’s young knitters can participate in the “Yarn Bombing” project.

Another new addition to the Festival’s Art Trail programme will be an exhibition of the work of new artists. Clancy Festival organisers have issued a public appeal to all new and emerging artists, who have never publicly exhibited their work before, to submit a piece of their art for the show that will take place in one of the Art Trail’s “pop up” galleries around Carrick-on-Suir.

Linda Fahy said submissions are welcome from artists of all backgrounds and artistic abilities from aged 12 years and upwards.

School students are welcome to submit their work for the exhibition. Prizes will be awarded to the most popular entries.

“Submissions will be accepted in all mediums, drawing, painting, prints, collage, sculpture, photography,

installation or anything else you work with,” Linda explained.

“Maximum size of the art work is 20 inches by 16 inches, including frame. All entries must include the title and a price.

“Entries are limited to one per person and the fee to enter €2 each. The artwork does not have to be framed but must be ready to hang,” she added.

Entries for the new artists exhibition must be submitted to the Nano Nagle Centre between 10am and 5pm on May 23.

Images can be sent to clancyfestivalarttrail@gmail.com no later than May 20.

Anyone wishing to find out more information on the Clancy Festival’s “Yarn Bombing” street art project or the exhibition for new and emerging artists should email: clancyfestivalarttrail@gmail.com.