'Yarn Bombing', to feature at the Caloundra Festival of Life

Jenny King – Australia’s Crochet Queen

Anyone attending the Festival of Life in Caloundra later this month is in for a taste of the international “yarn bombing” phenomenon, thanks to Australia’s Crochet Queen Jenny King.
Sunshine Coast local, Jenny King, who is in demand internationally as a crochet expert, is hatching a plan with a group of crochet enthusiasts to transform ‘something’ within the festival.
The Festival of Life, on 27 September, is a fringe festival of the Caloundra Fringe Festival, will be held in Lion’s Park Kings Beach, and while the exact nature of the yarn bombing is a secret, it is guaranteed to be quite spectacular.
Jenny King said she was inspired to create something special for the lifestyle festival.
“That was a few weeks ago and now we have a small group madly crocheting so we will have our feature ready to be installed,” Jenny said.
“Yarn bombing, also known as yarn storming, has become an international phenomenon over the last decade with knitters and crochet enthusiasts creating installation art pieces that appear to pop up overnight,” she said.
“It is a great way to highlight yarn crafts and show just how versatile yarn can be. Yarn bombing has also been created with the recent resurgence in people taking up knitting and crocheting.”
Jenny is continuing her crocheting while visiting the US this week where she is a special guest at the Crochet Guild of America’s Knitting and Crochet Show in Reno, Navada, while others continue to stitch in secret around the Coast.
“I am so looking forward to coming home and then seeing everyone’s reactions when our yarn bombing is complete for the Festival on the 27th.”
“It will be great fun.”
The Festival of Life will run from 10am to 6pm at Lions Park, Kings Beach and will feature Tibetan singing bowl workshops and meditation, Healing Music, Fusion Music of Tibetan, Indian & Asian influence, Soul Music and World Music. There will also be a variety of food available for the body, mind and soul, exquisite visual arts for the heart and an interactive art space created by Krystle Sturgess.
Jenny King Designs shop is at Marcoola, opposite the Surf Air. You can also find out more or purchase online at www.jennykingdesigns.com.
For more information about the Festival of Life, go to http://www.caloundrafringefestival.com.au/CaloundraFringeFestival-Events_FestivalofLife.html.