Brighten the street with your knits

2015-11-10 06:00

Get your knitting needles out – it’s time to give Fish Hoek a facelift.

As part of a rebranding initiative by the Fish Hoek City Improvement District (FHCID), residents are being called to help in yarn bombing over 30 trees along Kommetjie Road.

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre to brighten an area.

The FHCID, in seeking to find a brand which shows visitors how dynamic Fish Hoek is, has sought to bring various roleplayers together to share their thoughts on how the suburb should be branded.

Led by business consultancy Tankwa Sky, a residents survey was recently carried out. Of the more than 350 people who completed the survey, residents listed the environment, community and retirement facility as reasons they choose to live in the suburb (“Main Rd needs a makeover, say locals”, People’s Post, 27 October).

The top concern was Main Road, which some described as “tatty”.

At a meeting to present the findings of the survey, a number of “quick fix” options were proposed to give the suburb a boost. The yarn bombing forms one of these.

The trees, decorated in knitted pieces, will reach out to Masiphumelele and Ocean View, explains Tankwa Sky’s Lee-Anne McQueen.

“The project has the potential to bridge the gap between the Fish Hoek, Masi and Ocean View communities by getting task teams together from all areas and giving people a fun, light-hearted focus and project,” she says.

The idea was inspired by visiting other small towns and seeing how effective yarn bombing is.

“The aim is upliftment, to bring a smile to people’s faces, make us feel happy about our town, create a community vibe and make visitors feel like this is a town that people love and care about,” she says.

The yarn bombs are expected to be put up later this month, and will be taken down after the holiday season, McQueen says.V Visit or the We love Fish Hoek page on Facebook for more information.

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