Paying it FORWARD
It all started with a coffee table book.
"Mum bought me a huge book with photos of yarn bombs from all over the world. It was quite an obscure present, but I loved it. From then I'd always wanted to try yarn bombing out," 31-year-old Cee Egan explains.
"I had it sitting on a desk for ages. Then one day, a friend sent me this absolutely stunning photo of a yarn bomb made by 'Queen Babs' - a Redfern yarn bomber."
It was this picture that spurred Cee on to try out what she'd been meaning to for a long time.
"I thought, 'Why am I sitting around - why don't I try it and see how I go?" says the mother-of-two.
Now, Cee is hooked - having already created eight works in the last few months, which can be spotted all around the Lane Cove area. "I'm a Lane Cove local, so I thought I'd start there," she reasons.
"The first few I did were knitting as my grandmother taught me how to do that when I was eight. I then taught myself how to crochet, as making the yarn bombs was a lot faster," the creative states.
Yet the "bombs" aren't just pieces of art - they each display a valuable message.
One reads, "You are brave, strong, kind and loved", while another says, "Stand tall". Additional pieces read, "You are enough" and "Breathe".
A lot of these are found around the local schools in the area. "I want to give school kids a self-esteem boost every day on their way to school," Cee explains as to her motive.
"I always put a self-worth message in each artwork."
Her own battle with depression was the reason she was so inspired to help others gain more confidence.
"At the start of 2016, I had a lot of people supporting, and saying these lovely messages. I wanted to pay it forward - I wanted to tell the community these positive affirmations others had taught me - especially those who might be struggling."
While the community as a whole has welcomed Cee's yarn bombs, the artist reveals there was one piece that was ripped down two days after it was put up.
“It was about marriage equality. It read 'Love is love'. It took me 40 hours to make. I knew it would be controversial, but I didn't expect it to be ripped down - and also not in 48 hours. It was really disappointing," she explains.
As for the future of Cee and her yarn bombing, she hopes to collaborate with a North Shore council on a creative, inspirational project. Plus, she wants to assist her six-year-old and four-year-old children in similar creative endeavours.
"My kids are really proud. They help me sew a couple of projects, and they want to learn to knit so they can make their own yarn bombs," she smiles.