My name is Stephen Duneier, but I’m better known as the Yarnbomber. I’m an avid outdoorsman on a mission to draw people back to nature while building a global community of kind & creative people.
I do so with large-scale installation art in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California. Each project exists for just 9 days before disappearing without a trace. Not only are my projects properly vetted & permitted, the US Forest Service has said, “It's a unique, creative enterprise. It encourages people to get out there. This is a positive.”
The material I use is handmade by me and fiber artists from around the world. To date I have received contributions to my Yarnbomb Arsenal from 656 people in 41 countries and all 50 states, representing a fraction of the kind & creative community that is 20,000 strong, and growing.
My artwork is represented by one of the most prestigious American art galleries, Sullivan Goss, and has been featured in everything from local television to international publications. In addition, I lecture at universities, schools and corporate events about my journey and the importance of being outdoors.
I am originally from Brooklyn, NY, have lived with my wife and 2 children for many years in London, England, and we now reside in Santa Barbara, CA.
To defray the cost of this very expensive mission, I teach Decision Analysis at the University of California in Santa Barbara, publish independent research for a select clientele of hedge, pension and mutual funds, key policymakers and business leaders (Bija Advisors LLC) and give talks around the world on macroeconomic related topics, as well as how to improve performance through a more mindful approach to decision making. I also do a motivational talk just for K-12 students entitled, "Bija: Seeds of Dreams".
“We are very excited about working with an artist who is so bright and who is producing art so far outside the confines of the ‘regular’ art world. This guy is the real mccoy.”
“I giggled out loud and quickened my pace toward it. I was alone, camera-less, and completely thrilled. That accidental discovery of joyful and ridiculous and anonymous art in a place I never expected to find it creates a heady sort of magic that I, for one, cannot get enough of.”
“Santa Barbara is fortunate to have a master practicing the craft right in our backyard. Duneier inspires people to be more creative and have more fun outside – especially in the mountains.”
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