Yesterday I tagged along with Lorna, from Knits For Life (my sister!) while she installed this super awesome iphone yarn bomb on this sad looking pay phone. As you can see in the before above, the receiver is gone so this is a definite upgrade. I wanted to ask her a few questions about the idea and her process:
Jill: How did you come up with the idea for this installation?
Lorna: It's funny. You hear artists say they forgot how the idea came to them and you can't imagine how it could be true. But you know what? I forgot! I think I saw a pay phone somewhere that was yarn bombed in solid color blocks. Then the idea to play with the obsolescence of pay phones occured to me. That might be true. But maybe I also forgot.
Jill: What draws you to yarn bombing? Why do you do it?
Lorna: It's public. Everyone can see it, people don't have to buy it or pay for it. It comes to people, right in their path when they're not even expecting it. I can't do that with my knitting and crochet with any other projects. I do it because I hate ugly and pointless things so it forces me to think of something I feel or think that's worth saying.
And then I couldn't think of anymore good questions, so that kind of put a damper on that plan. But the answers she gave were honest and hard-hitting so I'm still calling it a success.