Brooklyn Yarn Bomber London Kaye Explains Her "Soft" Street Art
Bedford-Stuyvesant resident London Kaye has been attaching her crocheted art to New York subway cars, park statues, trees and chain-link fences for a little over a year, attracting attention from tourists, residents and police along the way. The 25-year-old Californian mainly stays in Brooklyn (there are more chain-link fences) but we followed her into Manhattan for what she called a social experiment.
Kaye created more than 200 crocheted flowers and strawberries to pass out to strangers and lay in the shape of a peace sign at Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial in Central Park.
"Hopefully the art world and the street art world will be very aware of it and recognize it on the same level as traditionally graffiti," Kaye says of her work.
Kaye says she aspires to make a name for herself in the male-dominated world of NYC street art, not that she's shies away from her feminine perspective.
"A lot of times street art is a masculine thing to do," Kaye says. "By using yarn and using crotchet, even if I make an image that's harsh or not stereotypically feminine, it still comes off that way because it's yarn: it's soft, it's light, it's fun."
The works of Kaye, a classically trained dancer and Malibu native, range from topical installations like a Breaking Bad tribute, a Brazilian flag for the World Cup, and the winter Olympics, to recognizable icons of contemporary alternative culture: aliens, pot leaves and video games.