Celebrating Yarn Bombing

by Joshua Sailo

by Victoria Rainbolt

Devika Jajoo

Posted on 20 May 2016

There’s a lot of talk about passion and following your heart. But many a times we don’t even know what we’re passionate about. Maybe instead of forcing ourselves to narrow down what we love through a rigorous pros and cons list, we just need to let that passion seek us. People have, most unknowingly, discovered their calling at the most random times.

We are celebrating the Yarn Bombing movement that is gradually taking over the world. Also known as Guerrilla Knitting, Yarn Bombing is to graffiti the ordinary public places with yarn without taking away their identity or functionality. It’s about literally adding color to the mundane. Magda Sayeg, a Math major with no certified design skills, unknowingly started this movement. She was just feeling bored one day, and covered her door handle with yarn.

Credits: Image taken from dsvc.org

That moment paved the way for bigger forms of yarn bombings by Sayeg….

Credits: Image taken from www.dumbofeather.com

Credits: Taken from Google images. The original can be found on www.magdasayeg.com

If you think about it more deeply, this movement is not limited to doing something fun to kill time. It shows how essentially we’re all seeking the same things—to be able to relate to our surroundings and to move away from feeling desensitized. It is about finding a common language with the rest of the world. Most importantly, it is a symbol of having your passion strike you when you are least expecting it, and letting that passion take over you in order to not just be happy yourself but also to spread that joy of being with others.

Discovering one’s passions is very difficult sometimes because we have already set constraints on what it could mean. Are we being too insistent on defining and following a passion on the basis of the monetary returns it can provide? What if you loved building sand castles, and could do it all day long but you stopped yourself because it seemed ‘childish’ or a waste of time?

“Hidden power can be found in the most unassuming places, and we all possess skills that are just waiting to be discovered.”

- Magda Sayeg

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