The Port has recently been bombed... and it's never looked better!
Gail at CafeforeYou on Lipson was blown away when she opened the cafe last Saturday. "It looks fantastic" she said, "and the customers just can't stop smiling!" I don't know who this Larry Porter guy is but I love his work!
Amanda from SohoHomewares and sisters Kathy and Nancy from Jackalope Gallery Studio think it's marvellous too. "A number of people did a great deal of knitting and crochet to make this happen and we'd like to thank them for all their efforts", said Kathy. "It could well be a boon to local business as people are attracted to the Yarn Bomb Trail and spend time walking around the Port." added Amanda. "We hope traders will get involved with more actions like this, maybe commissioning works to put in their shop windows or yarning a pole on the footpath."
The office of (new) Local MP Susan Close was bombed as well and we hear the knitting fairies are busy with more bombing for the Queen's Birthday long weekend...
"Everyone has been talking about an arts-led recovery of the Port but nearly every artist is a business person in their own right, says Cath Duncan (Chamber Vice President). "This campaign is a clever mix of the two and recognises that our community is, and needs, both cultural and economic development."
If you want to be involved but can't knit or crochet, Sara-Jane from Active Art Studios on St Vincent S, is running classes to help out.
The Yarn Trail map, available through the VIC, will be updated all through winter to accommodate new wooly installations, so if your business wants to get in on this unique marketing opportunity, contact Gail or Amanda. The YarnBomb trail is just the begnning of many clever local marketing opportunities for members of the Port Enfield Chamber of Commerce.
Don't forget that the Port's most famous and awarded resident arts business is launching a fantastic new show over the Queen's Birthday weekend - Vitalstatistix Adhocracy at the Waterside Workers Hall will bring more people to the Port so do your bit traders and consider staying open all weekend!