Yarnbombing / Bombando costura


Carpe Diem, JafaGirls

A question that feminist art historians have asked for decades is: where are all the great women artists in history? And so they digged, found a few nuns in the middle ages and as the centuries went by more and more women artists were added to the list, although still mostly western women. For most art history books however, the ‘great’ names of art continue to be those of white men.

Fast forward to contemporary movements and we see graffiti splashing urban walls with painting and, surprise surprise, still largely by men, in spite of the fact that an increasingly significant number of girls are out there bombing too. It seems that the brush, or rather the spray, continues to be largely a male utensil, while the women stay home knitting.

Not quite. While they still knit, women took their art to the streets and are bombing like graffiti artists. It’s the urban crochet guerrila of colectives such as the ‘Stitch and Bitch’  (http://www.stitchandbitchlondon.co.uk/), ‘Jafagirls’ (http://jafagirls.wordpress.com/) or the  ‘Ladies Fancywork Society’ (http://www.ladiesfancyworksociety.com) operating to make our streets more colourful, more engaging and more creative spaces.

A movement to spread? Most definitely. Everyone welcomed. And, according to the girls, that includes the dudes.

For more yarnbombing art check the link on the right underArtEs or click here http://yarnbombing.com/.

Stencil on yarn, Jafagirls

Uma pergunta que historiadoras de arte feministas perguntam tem décadas é: onde estão todas as grandes mulheres artistas da história? E assim foram pesquisando, encontraram um monte de freiras da idade média e enquanto os séculos foram passando mais e mais mulheres artistas aumentaram a lista, apesar de serem na sua maioria mulheres ocidentais. Mas nos livros de história de arte, entre os ‘grandes’ nomes da arte continuam a predominar os homens brancos.

the prick who came to dinner, Jafagirls

Nos movimentos artísticos contemporâneos, destaco o graffiti que salpica as nossas paredes com cor e, surpresa surpresa, pela mão de uma maioria masculina, apesar de haver cada vez mais mulheres bombando.Parece que o pincel, ou neste caso o spray, continua a ser um utensílio majoritariamente masculino, enquanto as mulheres ficam em casa fazendo crochet.

Bem, já não é tanto assim. Apesar de ainda tricotarem as mulheres levaram a sua arte para as ruas onde bombam como os artistas de graffiti. É uma guerrilha de crochet urbana em coletivas como as ‘Stitch and Bitch’ (http://www.stitchandbitchlondon.co.uk/, as Jafagirls  (http://jafagirls.wordpress.com/) e ‘Ladies Fancywork Society’ (http://www.ladiesfancyworksociety.com/) operando para tornar as nossas ruas em espaços mais coloridos, atraentes e criativos.

Um movimento crescente? Concerteza. Todos bem vindos. E, de acordo com elas, os rapazes estão convidados a participar.

Para mais informação sobre a arte de yarnbombing ver o link na direita, categoria de ArtEs, ou clique aqui http://yarnbombing.com/.

Leg warmers, Ladies Fancywork Society

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