Oxford’s ‘Guerrilla Knitter’ speaks about her work

Oxford’s ‘Guerrilla Knitter’ speaks about her work

The popularity of knitted graffiti appears to be spreading across the UK, with so-called ‘Guerrilla Knitter’ Asli Tatliadim showcasing her colourful designs to those living or visiting Oxford.

Such a trend first became noticed when a mystery yarn bomber began to light up the streets of Chipping Norton with their expertly-crafted styles and designs.

Now, Ms Tatliadim is hoping to continue to spread the love by leaving a collection of purls on lampposts all across Oxford city centre.

The 27-year-old told the Oxford Mail that knitting is a passion she has been learning for many years. This is because she is originally from Istanbul in Turkey - a country which has a tradition whereby mothers pass on their knitting skills to their daughters.

Once Ms Tatliadim came to the UK to study at Brookes University four years ago, she decided to expand on this tradition and has since taught many of her fellow students how to knit like a pro.

However, it was only when the 27-year-old enjoyed a trip to America that she discovered a whole new way of showing off her love of knitting to a wider community.

In Chipping Norton, Ms Tatliadim noticed that the aforementioned mystery yarn bomber leaves examples of her craft on public show on a regular basis. The most recent example only occurred on St David’s Day (March 1st).

The Turkish-born ‘Guerrilla Knitter’ decided to adopt a similar approach to add even more character to Oxford, though she has opted not to remain in the shadows.

She explained to the Oxford Mail: “As it’s a kind of graffiti, yarn bombers tend to stay anonymous. I’m not sure whether I need a licence, but I don’t do it secretly and I like to think it is quite beautiful.”

Ms Tatliadim was keen to add she never puts any of her designs on display in front of Oxford’s monuments or important college buildings though, as she does not want her passion to harm the city’s public property.

The keen knitter continued: “A lot of people smile and walk on past. Some people stop and say they like it, and some say it is beautiful. Unlike painted graffiti, I can just remove it.”

A spokesman from Oxfordshire County Council has already thown his support behind Ms Tatliadim’s work. He told the publication: “This clearly isn’t vandalism or graffiti in the traditional sense.

“There would only be an issue if property was damaged or signage was obscured.”

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