Foundation Art student Laura transforms Queen’s Gardens into woolly wonderland with ‘yarn bombing’ project

A Warrington park was transformed into a woolly wonderland when Warrington Collegiate student Laura McFadden’s final project took centre stage at Queen’s Gardens.

The tree-mendous project, which was carried out with permission from Warrington Borough Council and help from Culture Warrington’s outreach development officer James Goodison, included stuffed toys sitting on benches, jellyfish and pears hanging from the trees and pom-pom flowers adorning the grass.

The 29-year-old – who spent countless hours knitting and crocheting pieces for the installation – first came up with the idea of yarn bombing Queen’s Gardens after making a jumper for one of her tutors, who was so impressed that she suggested she knit as part of her next project.

Laura admitted the project had been hard work but very worthwhile.

She said: “I was thinking of a way to just to get it out there and ended up speaking to Culture Warrington.”

“In my head I always wanted it to be in Queens Gardens so I was delighted when they said I could have free reign of it.”

The project has been supported by Culture Warrington, so much so that they have even helped with some of the knitting.

Laura has also had the help of her fellow students on her Art & Design Foundation Diploma Level 3 course and her tutors, including C’era Wolfe who helped her decorate the park on the day.

She added: “I saw a quote by Pablo Picasso saying ‘every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’ and it made me realise I just wanted to have fun. I was also really interested in guerrilla art and thought yarn bombing would be great – hopefully it made people happy.”

Derek Dick, outreach and engagement manager at Culture Warrington, said: “It’s been really nice to see Queens Gardens, already a lovely spot in the town, being brightened up by Laura’s yarn bombing.
“As well as being a great idea for her final year project, I hope it encourages the public to appreciate and engage with the green space in a new way.”