Part literary activism and part craftiness, Vancouver-born author and poet Joy Kogawa's cherry tree gets yarn bombed

 

About 50 crafters gathered at 1450 West 64th Avenue in Marpole to complete the three-month long yarnbombing project to cover the cherry tree behind Joy Kogawa's childhood home. Joined by authors, photographers, television crews and supportive friends and family, the day was a huge success.

 

The cherry tree is a strong symbol in Joy Kogawa's writing, particularly Naomi’s Tree, a picture book about friendship, forgiveness, remembering and love.

 

Historic Joy Kogawa House

www.kogawahouse.com

 

1450 W 64th Ave, Vancouver

 

Cherry blossom yarnbombing on view through March 2011.

 

Tree is located in the back alley behind the house.

The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society approached Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore, co-authors of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit and Crochet Graffiti, to help organize this project. With the tagline "help writing blossom," the project aimed to raise awareness for the activities of the Historic Joy Kogawa House, including the writer-in-residence program.

 

Prain and Moore have spoken to the caretaker and an arborist about the effect of plating the cherry tree, which is now diseased and dying. The yarn blossoms will not affect the tree in any way and will be dismantled once the tree begins to bloom real blossoms.

 

Check out the yarnbombing in person

The cherry blossom yarn bombing is slated to stay up for the month of March.

 

Read the back story:

Yarn bombing a literary landmark on Vancouver's south side by Monica Miller