LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of National Women's History Month, DIY expert Michelle Villemaire (homemademimi.com) brings art to public spaces by YARNBOMBING Los Angeles! On March 10th, Michelle and a group of volunteers will head to The Palisades Village Green at 15280 Sunset Boulevard and cover the trees, benches and lampposts in colorful crocheted "sweaters." Each vibrant, handmade piece will be named after history-making American women. After two weeks, the installation will be dismantled and upcycled into blankets for women and families transitioning out of homelessness.
Michelle began her girl-positive project 3 years ago as a way to show her daughters how art could be used not only to beautify a community but to make change. To keep track of the pieces she was crocheting, she named them after different women in American History. Some of the iconic women represented include Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony and Sally Ride. Many of the pieces have been named after modern women whose contributions to the arts have personally inspired Michelle such as Amy Poehler, Martha Stewart, and Ellen DeGeneres.
With the help of her sister-in-law, mother, and several local crocheters, Michelle first yarnbombed the Village Green in 2015. Gathering more local volunteers in 2016, the group yarnbombed a stretch of trees along Monument Street, part of the future Caruso Swarthmore development. This year, Michelle will yarnbomb The Village Green again, with the sponsorship of the YMCA, where she is a volunteer. Her army of helpers has grown to 24 crocheters from all over the country, and one in Cyprus. Past recipients of the blankets have been The Downtown Women's Center and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
In addition to running a popular family blog, Michelle has been a cast member on TLC's "What She Said," a Hallmark Channel's Home & Family DIY Star finalist, and a guest expert on TV shows such as the Today Show and Full Frame. Her photography project "Correcting Yellowface" received worldwide acclaim.
Michelle hopes her yarn project inspires others to use yarnbombing as a way to bring attention to social causes or simply to bring joy to an unlikely space.
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