A LOCAL woman has outed herself as the coast’s undercover ‘knitter bomber’ responsible for wrapping trees in the city with woollen sleeves but the 25-year-old doesn’t want to be publicly identified.
“One of the thrills of being a knitter bomber is doing it anonymously and then being able to sit back and watch people interact with and touch the sleeves,” she said.
“I consider the sleeves to be like an art installation and I love the joy it brings to everyone who comes into contact with them.”
The Advocate yesterday reported on the appearance of brightly coloured knitted sleeves adorning tree trunks and limbs in the carpark at the end of Moonee Street.
“I actually installed the first one a few months ago, so maybe your staff aren’t as observant as they should be!” she laughed.
The woman said she became a knitter bomber in Sydney two years ago when she fell ill and couldn’t work.
“I found it very therapeutic as well as fun.”
Since moving back to the Coffs Coast she has ‘bombed’ poles and trees at Urunga and at the beginning of the Waterfall Way.
She said the art form originated in the United States when a woman bored with the view from her shop knitted tea cosies to cover door knobs.
“It has grown from there to be a quirky but subversive urban beautification project worldwide.”
Just where the knitter bomber will strike next is anyone’s guess.
“I can’t tell you what I’m planning next.”