Street Craft: Guerrilla Gardening, Yarnbombing, Light Graffiti, Street Sculpture & More by Riikka Kuittinen

Street Craft: Guerrilla Gardening, Yarnbombing, Light Graffiti, Street Sculpture & More by Riikka Kuittinen

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In the past decade, street art has transformed from a practice carried out by anonymous creators, seen by some as vandalism, into a commercial enterprise and a respectable part of the international art market. One of the richest movements in street art has been the development of an alternative, crafts-based, three-dimensional movement, broadly identified as Street Craft. This new generation of artists is creating uncommissioned, site-specific works employing a range of art and craft techniques, including weaving, crocheting, sculpting, painting, gardening, light installation, and more.

Street Craft brings together twenty-eight different artists from different countries whose work has redefined what street art can be. By diversifying materials and techniques, Street Craft artists are pushing beyond the two-dimensionality of graffiti and mural-painting, many of them using craft techniques to bring inventive beauty to bland urban surroundings.

“In the landscape of street art, graffiti paved the way for guerrilla gardening and yarnbombing. Kuittinen thoughtfully explores this evolution, offering a catalog of highly ephemeral art that has popped up worldwide in potholes, on lampposts and, yes, on the sides of abandoned buildings.” (Chicago Tribune)