Yarnbombing in Priory Park

Yarnbombing has been used in Priory Park, Chichester, to raise awareness of mental health conditions.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 5:17 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:34 am
Knitting Minds' Art in the Park was launchedin Priory Park, Chichester, on Monday
Knitting Minds' Art in the Park was launchedin Priory Park, Chichester, on Monday

Knitting Minds’ Art in the Park project was launched on Monday to support Coastal West Sussex Mind on World Mental Health Day.

The installation will remain in the park until Sunday to celebrate Wool Week.

Organiser Helena Hubbard, a textile designer, said: “The yarnbombing went up at Priory Park with great success.

Majestic trees adorned with wool

“The rather majestic trees have more leaves to shed, so the pom-poms are enveloped in a beautiful canopy. That said, the overall knitted leaves draw attention and raise awareness, as we had hoped.”

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The wool creations were made with the support of the community. Schoolchildren from The Prebendal made pom-poms for the display and more to adorn the school gates for Wool Week.

Helena, who runs Crowns and Coronets in Westgate, said: “Mental health problems come in all shapes and sizes and my hope is that the giant woollen display will raise awareness, while simultaneously bringing therapeutic wellbeing.

“Each year, millions of people face the reality of living with a mental health condition. So, to bring awareness to mental illness, to fight stigma, and to provide educate and support, I created a giant outdoor knitted wool exhibition.”

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