If you thought yarn was made exclusively for Summer crafts and playful cats, think again. Hot Tea is using the wooly material to make colorful, textural, and extremely eye-catching street art.
The Minneapolis based artist is known for his unique yarn street art and installations. You heard it right, he’s straight up stringing yarn in the streets — or, wherever he can find a free fence up for grabs. His work is innovative, modern, and a lot cooler than those mittens Grandma knitted you last Christmas.
Oddly enough, it was Hot Tea’s grandmother that initially inspired his one-of-a-kind style. The artist began developing the technique after getting into trouble for tagging graffiti when he was younger. Pulling inspiration from his grandmother, Hot Tea began developing his harmless, non-property damaging style of street art.
Hot Tea’s background stems in street art, but he’s also produced some large scale site-specific installation work. For example, check out his piece “Today, Tomorrow and Forever,” an installation that was created to represent a Hawaiian sunset during an exhibition for POW! WOW! Hawaii.
His “Perspective” installation from Sweden’s HX Festival is equally mind blowing and inspirational.
Hot Tea’s yarn art brings a super fresh spin to the world of street art and installations, with the unique medium giving him an instantly recognizable style. To check out more perfectly spun yarn art, check out Hot Tea on Instagram. And watch the video below for a look at his largest, and most colorful, installation to date.