Celebrations can be see all around our facebook pages and the rest of the web, but one local creative guerrilla artist has taken her joy over legal same-sex marriage out into the streets, one thread at a time.
Knitorious M.E.G., the pseudonym of Richmond’s local, nationally recognized knit-bombing queen, took #lovewins to Roseneath Road in the Museum District earlier this week with a new, rainbow-special “love bomb” knitted sign-wrap to show her support.
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“My Love Bomb series is all about spreading love throughout the city,” said M.E.G. in an email interview. “As a cheerleader of [all] sorts for love, it just made sense to me to make one for this momentous occasion.”
M.E.G. called herself an ally of the LGBTQ community, but also “just generally a campaigner for love…and fun.”
She said she does most of the work at home, and comes out at night, stitches up the seams, and attaches the square sign on top.
The act is technically illegal, but an interview some years back, M.E.G. said someone asked Richmond Police about her work and they said “as long as it is easily removable, doesn’t cover up existing signage, and doesn’t do any damage to the object that they were fine with it.”
M.E.G. first started ‘love bombing’ with knitted signs and other guerrilla projects back in 2009. She worked with a crew called K1-D2, putting up unique outdoor art around the city, but has since started working solo and focused more on her yarn bombing over other projects.
This isn’t her first venture into LGBTQ support either – in 2011, she knit bombed a Byrd Park bench in rainbow colors, seen below.
“After I learned of the Supreme Court decision on Friday, I knew I wanted to mark that real victory for love with one of my Love Bombs,” she said.
M.E.G.’s love bomb work has recently been featured in a book, ‘Street Craft’ by Riikka Kuittinen, published this past Spring. It’s available on Amazon, or you can get off your ass and shop local and snag it at Fountain Bookstore on Cary St. downtown.