If you’ve walked up or down Session Road lately, you may have noticed a number of poles and street signs embellished with something bright and fuzzy… YARN!
It was two months ago when patches of knitted yarn started appearing along Session Road, and little by little these fluffy creations have been creeping their way into one of the busiest places in Baguio.
This phenomenon is called “yarnbombing” or “yarnstorming”, which first gained popularity in Texas around 2005, and now twelve years later, the phenomenon has made its way to Baguio, led by Dumay Solinggay and Ira Noefe.
We happy few from Where To, Baguio? tagged along to get a first hand experience of what happens during this simple, yet striking little beautification project.
Dumay and Ira worked on pre-made yarn pieces before the yarnbombing itself. All that was left to do was to attach them to different poles by stitching them together.
The pieces were wacky, weird, and cute. One piece is filled with eyeballs. Another piece is patterned with pedestrian symbols. And another piece has giant hands waiting to grab your attention with Free Hogs.* Other pieces were cut out from old knitted clothes, so if you want to donate your old knit sweaters for the next yarn storm, feel free to do so!
Previously, some of the knitted pieces have gone missing, and no one knows where they go or who takes them. So a little bit of industrial strength adhesive did the trick in keeping them in place.
Many passers by would stop and ask questions about what we were doing, and we were just like, “Oh you know, just trying to make Baguio a little bit prettier.” But also, this is being done in efforts of being noticed as a UNESCO creative city, as well as make some intrigue for an upcoming Literary Festival in Baguio.
Now that the Brrrr months are upon us, these whimsical pieces of graffiti have come at just the right moment to spread a little sense of warmth along Session Road.
Watch out for the next yarn storm! And follow Baguio Dreaming on Facebook.