Waldo came to town this summer and visited more than a handful of spots...in Twillingate, St.johns and Hamilton, Ontario. Did you see him?Read more
I’m sure you heard that the Simpsons came to Canada-and did you hear that they managed to offend all the Newfoundlanders when they did?I had just finished crocheting Homer when the episode dropped and was a bit concerned about the reception he would receive...but that couldn’t stop me from letting him hit the streets of Twillingate!Of course, Twill received him with open arms and even invited him to the local pub for a craft beer!You can see my knitted Split Rock growler, made in October 2017 to celebrate their opening getting in on the yarnbombing action!By the end of the summer Homer had a taste for beer and couldn't resist a visit to the famous George Street in St.Johns! Can you even say you've visited Newfoundland without a pic. on George St.? It was a quick trip but definitely a good one. With a cruise ship in the harbour for the day, there were tons of tourists around and as a result I got to see lots of people interacting with him.Homers home now- chilling with his Duff and donut in the shed. I don't have any big ideas for his future so let me know if a great one crosses your mind. It would be a shame for him to live out his days tucked away in a suitcase from the 90's.In other news, I got a sweet new logo and I'm super pumped about it! I'm also very curious about what you would like to see it on?Let me know below or hit me up on Insta because that's where I'll drop the news of my stickers landing first!-Rock out
It’s my first permanent street art in Newfoundland and I tell you all about my inspiration, how to and what I learned from it!Read more
Crime Stoppers launched a complete fail of a project in St.John's this summer. The idea was to remind folks of the important and anonymous role they play in keeping their cities safe.In reality though, the posters portrayed St. John's as a dangerous, crime riddled back-alley; not the charming jelly-bean town that Newfoundland tourism has been so diligently promoting.The campaign was particularly offensive to downtown business owners who felt the posters painted an unfair portrait of the city-so within days they were all torn down. The mood had been set though, and news reached not only Twillingate, but the mainland too. You can read about it here.With a trip to the city on the horizon a cheeky idea started to formulate.Inspired by the fabulous Ladies Fancywork Society use of doilies and spray paint, I went to town...literally and figuratively!I made three doilies with positive, everyday messages; messages that one would be quite likely to encounter throughout Newfoundland.I installed them on Duckworth and an alley off Water Street and then went home.By the time I arrived back in Twill, I had messages from three CBC reporters. They were rather excited by my response to the campaign and wanted to chat. You can read about it here.Of course, I was all fired up about doilies and spray paint then, so I made one for Gander too.From what I can tell, they're all still up too! I'll be back in St. John's in a couple weeks- installing art for the Out of Earshot Festival so will confirm (and remove) then.And now I want to know, what message-on-a-doily would you like to see in your community? Or better yet, what message does your community need to see? **Disclaimer: If you suggest something that can fit my doily, I might just make it for you! 😎I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so holler at me here in the comment section, or let's connect on insta- and then you can show me what you're making too!-Rock out
Newfoundland is on everyone's bucket list. The truth is, you simply can't see images of Gros Morne or the architecture of Fogo, or hear the buzz around Come From Away and not want to see this incredible island for yourself.
Newfoundland is absolutely masssssssive though so you won't be able to take it all in.That said, there are a few things that connect every soul on this rugged land and I've knit them together for everyone's convenience...ok, well some are knit, some are crocheted and some were assembled with help of Gander's wonderful thrift store.Are you ready for the Top 5 Newfoundland loves...via Street Art? I hope so!5. Chocolate!Newfoundlanders love their chocolate. Having worked in a hospital for many years I have noticed that there is a clear chocolate hierarchy with Quality Street and Pot of Gold at the top.Newfoundland is well known for it's potholes too, so it's only natural that chocolates and potholes would collide in the form of art! Right?Well whether it's natural or not, they did! Feast your eyes upon Potholes of Gold, located just opposite Quality Street!4. Carnation Milk.Loves it, Newfoundlanders do!Newfoundland is the one place where milk in your tea (which is guaranteed to be Tetley) is qualified by 'fresh' or 'tinned'.If there's one day that gets everyone out to the shops too- it's when Carnation milk goes on sale! So keep that mind if you've got any kind of time limits for shopping.3. Mummers. You've got to love Mummer culture! What would you do if masked hooligans knocked on your door late one winters night? Invite them in for a party is Newfoundlands answer!
2. Purity Products. I ran an informal poll at the post office recently and JamJams emerged as the fan favourite. I've got a special place in my heart for Fishermen's Brewis though. Official recipe here, followed by an essential ingredient which can only be found in the back hills of Twillingate. 1. NewfoundlandIf there's one place that Newfoundlanders love, it's home! Home is where the Art is for sure!That's it! Thanks for checking them all out. Which one do you like best?**************************I'm pretty excited for the next few posts- I've got a couple awesome interviews lined up and am going back to my childhood roots for yarnbombing inspiration! Stay tuned friends and keep your eyes open because this one is gonna MOVE!Ok I'm off but do hit me up on Instagram and let me know what you're working on- I love hearing from you!