If you walk down to the highstreet today you’re sure of a nice surprise…
There are plenty of little highstreets around where we live, some looking a bit shabby, outdated or even vacant. Yet when you look closer there are such a wealth of industrious little communities actively engaging with their built environment. Such was the case when we turned up on market day to New Milton and discovered guerrilla knitters had been hard at work during the night. Craft ninjas indeed given the quality of the pieces!
We’ve previously lived in Bristol so are no stranger to seeing creatives reinterpret the visual landscape but things have moved on a bit since the days of Banksy and spates of initial yarn bombing. This was Craft Bombing from creative locals 'wanting to spread a bit of handmade love' (BBC NEWS.
There were plenty of surprises to discover to include sandcastles, bucket & spades, pebbles, pompoms (with an obligatory seagull or two) looping their way across the high street. These pieces were created from a group from an independent local craft shop called 'Handmade New Forest'. It highlights how effective ‘grass root’ campaigns can be in brightening up public spaces and getting the public to engage with their daily environment. A personal favourite had to be the bike with its oversized butterfly!
Other work to be discovered included bees in trees, pom pom hats for letterboxes and lighthouse bollards. The results of this work was that people were smiling in surprise as they milled around the market and conversations were sparked with unknowns similarly appreciating the work. Surely it shows how public art and creativity has its place in making up the places we inhabit so they aren’t just impersonal repetitions up and down the land?