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Yarn Bomb Craze Hits Northumberland College

Yarn Bomb Craze Hits Northumberland College  
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Students and visitors to Northumberland College today may notice a distinct change to the appearance of the entrance to the Ashington Campus this morning (5 June) after a group of Yarn bombers descended overnight.

Additions to the façade include pompom hats on bollards, monsters adorning utilities, a dress hanging from the trees and chairs.

This work is thought to be that of a group of six HND Textile students and coincides with national Yarn Bombing Day which takes place on Saturday 7 June.

Yarn bombing can take many forms, but generally involves the act of attaching a handmade item to a street fixture or leaving it in landscape, often undercover and at night.

HND Textiles Lecturer Linda Lightley said: "As part of their course, students had to create a textile installation in a public place to excite and engage with the local community and document the change in public perception over time.

"It has been a fantastic way to end the first year of the course. The thought, detail and creativity that these students have put into this final project is outstanding. It is a sight to be seen to be believed."

A lot of the knit produced for this project was produced using a knit machine donated to the college by Ruth Slaughter, who used to teach knitting in the local area.

The HND students are Ann Marie Dalton, Rebecca Hudspith, Jade Wilson, Roz Glen, Francesca Armstrong and Melanie Surtees and Marian Tahir who studies the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

The two year HND Textiles course at Northumberland College incorporates all aspects of textiles including surface decoration, textiles for interiors, printed textiles and textiles for fashion. Students build on their practical skills in the first year before having more freedom to concentrate on areas that interest their practice in the second year. Graduates can be accepted into the final year of a degree course or move into jobs in the industry.

To find out more about the range of art, design and media courses at Northumberland College visit www.northumberland.ac.uk, email advice.centre@northland.ac.uk or call 01670 841200.

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