YARN PUNK: A creative movement
What is Yarn Punk?
Definition: A Yarn Punk is someone who incorporates yarn into their everyday life with confidence to express oneself.
Yarn Punk encapsulates more than just a style; It is a genre, mentality, a celebration of people, and an unfolding story. An old lady that is in bed by 7 with her yarn is a stereotype that many of us are too aware of (though if you ask me, that sounds pretty wonderful). However, for many that are involved in the fiber arts, that type of depiction doesn’t feel like “home”. I myself have found that stereotype endearing, but I never resonated with that view. This is a movement to show the world that individuals can be stitched up in different ways and our colors illuminate through the things that we create. Being comfortable to break the mold.
To me, being Punk is going against the mold and being true to oneself. In today’s ever growing age of tech, being seen with anything else besides something digital in our hands is unheard of; Yarn Punk is for those who wouldn’t want anything other than yarn in our hands.
There is a common association when you think of the word Punk and the look that follows; Yarn Punk does not fill a visible requirement. No certain sex, age, style, or race can exclude you from being part of this community. Yarn is cool, and as Yarn Punk, it is your moral responsibility to show that off to the world!
Let’s talk about the Rock ‘n’ Roll side of Yarn Punk. With a heavy emphasis on the importance of music and sound, we can all find some type of commonality with audio. As long as a certain sound (music and any audio of any kind) can evoke emotion, many of us connect in that way. You are in charge of what your Rock ‘n’ Roll truth is, and we will be keeping that alive through yarn forever and in the ages to come!
And with that, the rest of Yarn Punk is open to YOUR interpretation. Being a Yarn Punk allows for you to create a better you and to chase what brings you fulfillment, with yarn being that bridge to do so. Remember, just because someone may have a different style and do things a little bit differently, doesn’t mean that you aren’t equally as special. You are an equal to those who also call themselves a Yarn Punk. I am so happy to have you involved!
“I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” - Mewtwo
After a very exhausting and difficult time of figuring out his future and battling mental health problems, Vincent found himself making the difficult and terrifying decision to drop out of school, quit his job, and take a breather in his parent’s basement. Vincent began his crochet journey in August 2015 (August 13th to be exact!) after finally struggling with crochet YouTube tutorials for 7 hours. Once he got the hang of it, he’s been hooking ever since. With a humble beginning of crocheting Pokemon Amigurumi, Vincent was able to find peace by creating a name for himself, and so Knot Bad Crochet was born (Head here to visit!) While pursuing the dream to create a career out of his new-found passion, opportunity opened itself up. After three years of creating Amigurumi and exploring other styles of crochet, Vincent was able to combine his love for crochet and music to create a new genre as you see before you; Yarn Punk!
MEET THE TEAM
Crista is a Web & Graphic Designer, Educator, and Social Media Entrepreneur with a love for growing communities and helping businesses thrive. With a Master’s Degree in Research Psychology, Crista uses her knowledge of human behavior to help businesses understand their customers wants and needs. In her free time, she loves everything to do with yarn and fabric - knitting, crocheting and sewing are her favorite crafting hobbies. Crista is the owner and leader of a trail & ultrarunning community and apparel brand called Dirtbag Runners. Crista currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Michael and mini-doxie, Penny. You can find her on Instagram (@crista.tappan) or her blog, CristaTappan.com.
Peter is the official photographer for Yarn Punk and has been photographing for 3 years. Peter studied at the University of Portland and earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing. Now working full time helping people with his nursing career, Peter spends his free time enjoying anime, many of the great foods found in the Portland area, and taking pictures! His work can be found here - @dysfnk
Social Media Administrator
Olivia Laws is a crochet artist currently working in rural West Tennessee. She was born and raised in Western New York but moved to Tennessee at 18. Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2016 from the University of Tennessee. She specializes in large crochet sculpture but enjoys crocheting all sorts of projects. Olivia’s work is typically whimsical with an exaggerated color palette. Her work has been shown in multiple galleries and is collected around the globe. When she’s not crocheting Olivia’s hobbies include spending time with her husband, Hunter, and their golden retriever, Grizzlie. She also enjoys reading, playing video games, and, of course, listening to music and going to shows. Her favorite type of music is pop punk/emo and her favorite band is Hawthorne Heights. Her most listened to albums right now are Bad Frequencies by Hawthorne Heights, Glimpse by Heavy Things, and Living Proof by State Champs.
Instagram - @olivialawsart
Social Media Administrator
Shannon Eckler is a crochet designer and fiber artist from Upstate New York. After completing her Bachelor’s in Psychology and working in her field, Shannon found an outlet in crochet. What started as a hobby has now become a passion for Shannon. Shannon’s inspiration comes from texture, beautiful fiber, and earth toned colors. Shannon loves to design cool crochet garments that are simple to make, inspired by her own personal style, and are oh so cozy & cute! Shannon likes to incorporate her work with her love of crochet, and has recently been working on some adaptive design projects! When Shannon is not designing she likes to spend her time advocating for those with disabilities, listening to music/podcasts, playing video games with her boyfriend (Unravel Two!), and spending time with her cat, Monty. Currently on her playlist is the new album from Death Cab for Cutie, The Front Bottoms, Alabama Shakes, and Lore (podcast). Some fun facts about Shannon: She loves HDC~it’s her favorite stitch! She has been skydiving twice! She thinks spiders are friends not foes!
Instagram - @shannoncreates_
Katie is 30 years old and lives just outside of Los Angeles with her menagerie of animals. She originally learned how to crochet from her Grandma Hortense “Nena” Rodriguez when she was 8 and quickly fell in love. Her Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw and she loves all things spooky & Halloween.
Instagram - @the_crochet_kat
Fairy Yarn Mother
Special thanks to Rosalyn for also making this come to fruition; When creating all of this, she was so wonderful to allow me to take the domain of Yarnpunk.com and create something out of it. She will always be the fairy yarn mother to Yarn Punk!