Yarn Bomb Bute gets under way

The Yarn Bomb Bute project began this week with the first in a series of public 'crafternoon' sessions at the Rustle Way Arts and Media Studio in Rothesay. Pictured here are John McGranaghan, Shielagh Tacey, project leader Angharad McLaren and Gillian Batley.

The Yarn Bomb Bute project began this week with the first in a series of public 'crafternoon' sessions at the Rustle Way Arts and Media Studio in Rothesay. Pictured here are John McGranaghan, Shielagh Tacey, project leader Angharad McLaren and Gillian Batley.

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Rothesay is set to be covered in colourful graffiti over the September holiday weekend - but there’ll be no need to watch out for hooligans brandishing tins of spray-paint.

The graffiti in question will be the work of the Yarn Bomb Bute project, which kicked off this week and aims to create a series of pieces in wool and other fabrics to decorate key locations around the town on September 28 and 29.

The decorations are being created at a series of workshops around the town, including ‘crafternoon’ sessions at the Rustle Way Arts and Media Studio, on the corner of Russell Street and Mill Street, every Wednesday afternoon, to which all members of the public are invited.

The sessions are being led by Angharad McLaren, a Glasgow-based textile and weave designer, researcher and lecturer, who will also be visiting local schools to help children add their creations to the mix.

“Mini versions will pop up around the town over the next few weeks to catch people’s attention,” Angharad said, “and on the run-up to the last weekend in September all the items made will be installed at secret locations around the town.

“During the weekend itself we’ll have colouring books available for children and a treasure map and trail for people to follow.”

The project is funded by the Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which was set up to breathe new life into the fabric of key buildings in the centre of the town.

“The THI is renovating the built fabric of Rothesay,” Angharad continued, “and this project is about celebrating the social fabric of the town. We want to unite people through craft and creativity, and showing that anyone can take part and create something special together.”