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Mystery yarnbomber decorates postboxes in Tunbridge Wells

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Original article from Kent Live

A mystery knitter has been yarnbombing posts and it’s an incredible sight.

The secret artist, who goes by the name of Ninja Yarnbomber, has been decorating posts, letterboxes and road signs around Tunbridge Wells with crocheted creations throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Yarnbombing is a form of street art which uses colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn to decorate public spaces.

Ninja Yarnbomber, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KentLive: “After many failed attempts to learn to crochet over the years I finally forced myself to get it one Saturday afternoon because I really wanted to do more yarnbombing.

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“I’ve never made anything to wear or anything useful like that.”

She has been crocheting for more than two years now but the hobby really took off during the first lockdown.

The anonymous artist’s most recent project is a collection of bee-themed post-toppers to celebrate World Bee day, which fell on March 20.

This international day recognises the important role bees and other pollinators play in the ecosystem.

Yarnbombing is a form of street art which uses colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn to decorate public spaces

These intricate decorations are dotted around the Chapel Place area of The Pantiles.

There are five different designs in total, including a beehive, flowers, and a honeycomb – all adorned with bees.

It seems the Tunbridge Wells yarnbomber likes to keep the designs topical

It seems the Tunbridge Wells yarnbomber likes to keep the designs topical, she marked the 75th VE day with a knitted Captain Tom atop a post-box and St. George’s day with a mini St.George and his dragon in battle.

She also likes to decorate the town according to the seasons, with incredible Easter, Christmas and Halloween decorations popping up around Tunbridge Wells throughout the last year.

The secret artist, who goes by the name of Ninja Yarnbomber, has been decorating posts, letterboxes and road signs around Tunbridge Wells

Yarnbombing, which is also referred to as yarnstorming or guerilla-knitting, has become increasingly popular in recent years.

In 2018 more than 100 knitters yarnbombed a building in Folkestone in an attempt to make the streets brighter and Herne Bay residents have been yarnbombing the town with festive scenes every Christmas for the last few years.

Whilst Ninja Yarnbomber has vowed to keep her identity anonymous, she doesn’t seem to have plans to stop anytime soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more crocheted creations.

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