Inspiring 104-year-old loves yarn-bombing her town

By Maria Kyriacou

Inspiring 104-year-old loves yarn-bombing her town
This just proves you're never too old to find your passion and achieve worldwide fame.

It’s highly likely that Grace Brett is the world’s oldest street artist.  The yarn-bombing grandmother of six is part of a knitting club known as the “Souter Stormers.” The group has great fun decorating the Scottish towns of Selkirk, Ettrickbridge and Yarrow with their colourful creations.

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She describes her pastime as “fun and interesting”. The street art installation took a year to plan for the “Stormers” and was top secret until locals began noticing the works. The nifty knitters created coverings for lamp poles, park benches and fences, brightening up the towns.

The knitting crew swore the local textile shop-owners to absolute secrecy. They even half- joked that they could tell them, but then they’d have to kill them if they spoiled the surprise.

Not content with the usual scarf-like pole designs seen around hipster suburbs worldwide, Brett and her friends created bright knitted houses, animals and little yarn families thats showed off their expertise.

Brett, who was born a Londoner in 1910 has said she enjoyed seeing her work showing with the rest of the “Stormers” and that the town looked lovely. The adorable, talented granny was exceedingly polite and quite surprised by all the fuss, “It’s very nice of you to take any notice of it,” she said  to a local interviewer. We think she’s well-deserving of all the recognition!

What do you hope to be doing at 104?


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