Cintia Lopez was born and raised in California. She’s currently a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in geology at Sacramento State University. She currently writes for the State Hornet and has previously written for the American River Current before creating Dam!, the first journalistic magazine at American River College. Cintia’s plans for the future include working as a reporter for any medium, and continuing her education.

Sacramento ‘Yarn Bomber’ Wants To Save The World

By Cintia Lopez

When people think of street art, they think of spray painted creations on various walls around the city. “Yarn bombing” is another form of street art that people have been doing around the world for about 10 years.

Sacramento artist and yarn bomber, Rebel Thredz, has been at it in this city for three years.  She creates elaborate, three-dimensional crocheted creations that she displays around trees and walls all around the city.

But they don’t always stay up as long as Thredz would like because of what she called, “yarn bomb terrorists” — people who vandalize and cut down her artwork.

“I did three trees. I did one at Vox Gallery and somebody just cut it off and took the whole thing. Then I did the one that had the AK-47 that says ‘Art is my weapon.’ That one was up at Fremont Park for Chalk it Up. Someone tried to take it down and messed it up.”

Rebel took the leftover pieces of her Fremont yarn bomb and recreated it. The piece is now wrapped around one of the pillars in her building.

Rebel’s other passion is saving the planet, especially ocean animals. She explains how polluted oceans are with plastic, and she came up with a creative way to keep plastic bags out of the ocean.

“My thing is that when you get grocery bags, you take it and you cut it into long, thin pieces. You knot them together and you roll them up and you have a ball of plarn. Plarn is plastic yarn.”

Her love for the ocean tends to transcend into her art. “I love turtles, so almost all my pieces have turtles on them.”

Rebel’s anti-war and anti-violence philosophy can sometimes be questioned because of her involvement with yarn bombing. Mostly because the term includes the word bombing in it.

“I know some people think of it like that, but it’s a slang now and sometimes people say ‘that’s the bomb.’  That means it’s cool,” she says.  It doesn’t mean go bomb a building.