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Holbrook | We All Live Near A Yellow Submarine

Yarn bombing is “the art of enhancing a public place or object with graffiti knitting (Or putting knitting on something unexpected in public and running, always giggling wildly).” 

This trend has taken Holbrook by storm, with plans underway with the support of Murray Arts for the town to be ‘yarnbombed’ this June. Driven by local artists Michelle Oxlee, Jenny Bohner and Donner Pinder the project is to dress the Holbrook Submarine in knitted or crocheted strips of yellow, made from donated materials by residents of Greater Hume Shire and beyond.

For those wishing to support this project, the artists are shouting out for yellow knitted or crocheted patches of any size or length. They also need donations anything yellow including old towels, blankets or jumpers, wool, twine and rope, as well as any unwanted knitting or crochet needles.

It started with knitters around the southern NSW town digging out their knitting needles and yellow wool to produce squares. Now people from across Australia and even Scotland and the US are sending yellow squares to Holbrook to cover the submarine.

Murray Arts general manager Karen Gardner said it was hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm. ‘This was about Holbrook, but now it’s region-wide as people get involved,’ she said. ‘People are absolutely behind it.’

The organising committee has its own Facebook page, and has also tapped into the grey nomad network which are busily knitting away. Contributions are being accepted until the end of May, and the submarine will turn yellow in June.

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