I have a thing for doilys-this is not news. This summer my doily collection reached new heights though, and something had to be done! Truth be told I've been collecting doilies for some time and awaiting inspiration...and this summer it finally struck!Each time I visit a city, I'm always interested in scoping out the street art scene and envious of those who return from city vacations with interactive street art photos, especially those wings you can pose with. You know the ones? You know the ones! After watching Colett Miller's TED talk about the angel wing phenomenon, first in LA (the city of angels) and then world wide; I was inspired to make my own for Newfoundland & new-found-lands!Using mostly thrifted and hand crafted doily's I stitched up my wings and installed them on my favourite, abandoned house in Twillingate. The halo was an essential knitted piece to complete the set, and now I'm realizing, a unique piece to the Newfoundland-doily-wing-pie.These turned out to be my favourite project of the year, mostly because they're pretty but also because...1.They put beautiful old doily's to new use! The thrift store always has tons of doily's and you know they were painstakingly made, but what can you do with them? Make Doily wings! 2. I ended up shipping a set to Denmark, where they were spotted by a very rare bird having a lot of fun! Turns out this is the infamous Yarnomaniac prepping for another big What project. If you are scratching your head about what the heck the What project is-check out her recent interview and follow her to find out what she's up to here. Hint hint, the What project is going on an adventure!3. Occasionally I get word of people posing with them and it makes my heart leap for joy! I love seeing how everyone engages with them.My goal with street art has always been to surprise and delight those who find my handiwork. Now I realize that creativity begets creativity, so as each person engages with it differently, the fun is paid forwards, backwards and sideways too!Colette Miller was inspired to paint angel wings, which inspired a worldwide trend that reached Twillingate, Newfoundland. It spread through town and all the way to Copenhagen, inspiring each of us in our own, unique and beautiful way! Where Colett's wings are intended to remind us that we are all Earth Angels. The Newfoundland wings do something similar by reminding me of the unique creative spark that we each contain.Have you had the chance to pose with any exciting and interactive street art? Do the doily wings say something different to you?Comment below or hit me up on Insta. I love hearing from you and would be especially deilighted to see you and some fancy street art or creative doily use! #rockvandals
I declare this to be the official list of the best street art on the entire island! Twillingate Island that is! Where I am not super familiar with any other street art-hot spots in Newfoundland I am even willing to to suggest that Twillingate is also the provincial capital of street art! Bold, arent I?You might assume that such an honour would naturally go to St. John's but I think Twillingate is highly deserving....mainly because St.Johns gets all the awards, and also mainly because of a top secret and highly complex algorithm that ignores my bias, while considering population density, the number of pieces and a number of other factors too complicated to discuss here.Anyways, moving along to your tour of the very best street art of Twillingate, Newfoundland!******************************************************First up, are a few projects I havent shared on the blog before, all in and around Crow Head. This means you can grab a coffee and treat from the always delicious Crows Nest Cafe and get street art touring fuelled by both caffeine and sugar!And if youre quite observant, you'll notice a little fibrefabulousness on their signposted pole. This piece is courtesy of another Canadian vandal, Mo Wren, based in New Brunswick.Mo Wren has been sharing the lyrics of Imagine across the world in the form of embroidered street art. Holler at her if you find it!Ok moving along to, Difficult Roads, first installed in May. It's along my very favourite hiking trail, Lower Head, mid way up a difficult set of stairs. Notice the little iceberg!Ive been loving hearing from people who find it, saying they got a needed burst of energy from it! Also FYI: this what a nice May Day looks like in Twill.[wpvideo s0cEggjl]Next up, Knit Happens: installed on International Yarnbomb Day (IYD) and Worldwide Knit in Pubic day (WWKIP), June 9th. It marks your turn-off to Lower Head Trail, and can be seen from the main road en route to the Lighthouse. Cheeky isnt it? Incase you didn't assume so, IYD and WWKIP are pretty much high holidays for me, thus required celebration in 2016 and 2017....and without further ado, here's the installation for 2018!No visit to Twillingate island is complete without a jaunt to Back Harbour. Go check it out, ideally for the sunset and bring a snack and a loved one so you can get a pic with this jem. If you are here for the sunset, this doesn't leave a lot of time for the rest of the tour though ...so cancel the snack!Making our way back to Twilllingate, we would now find ourselves in the bustling centre of Twillingate-proper.Here we can find a few installations, including Happy Place, Happy Space. This piece is new to the blog too but is also rather familiar as the frame has been repurposed from a Christmas Dove and a Moose. Confused? This will clarify things.Next up a few small ones to keep an eye out for. Im not going to give it all away in terms of where to find them, only that they are before Tickle Bridge.The Moustache Man is rather old and faded by now so fyi, even harder to spot!Ok, so you may have figured out that we are now crossing the bridge so keep an eye peeled for this bad boy-the only cross stitched fence on the island (up by the hospital).Im thinking you wont be able to miss this one, on the main road/shore and it might be fun to read about it too. What in the world could Jim Carrey have do with it? Well, you'll just have to read this to find out.Next up is Durrell and my two favourite pieces! This first one is a bit tricky to find; it involves a left turn from the main road, staying close to the water and navigating a possibly harrowing 'mountain pass' (Froudes Hill).The piece is a bit sunbleached now but the message shines through none the less-this is another one that is worth reading about to understand the inspiration and how best to enjoy it. Hint, it involved confidently stating the mantra 3x with strong belief and emotion!I have definitely saved the best for last! This is by far my favourite piece on the list and a big inspiration for writing this post. Also, never before seen on the blog this piece is tucked away in sleepy Durrell on Upper Jenkins Cove Road.It's made almost entirely from thrift store doily's (except the top two) and a little knitting halo. Of course it's inspired by the city-trend of angle wings, originating in LA, but these have a Newfoundland twist! I hope you enjoyed this little trip round Twillingate island. If you have your feet on the ground here in town, I'de love to see your angle (and mug) on these pieces so be sure to tag and share your shots, #rockvandals.Im on Insta pretty regularly so be sure to connect there and see whats new too because this list is only up to date as of today. In fact, I have a couple pieces lined up on my floor right now, ready to be installed!So, you know what that means; tomorrow, i'll be back to my vandalizing ways unless of course I have the baby who is due TODAY!Wish me luck and let me know if you have any grand ideas on how to welcome the babe to Twill town, street art style!xo Rock Vandal
This was an experiment with a new yarnbombing style and I am delighted to report, success!I was originally inspired by a tattoo I saw that was one continuous line of ink. Then I stumbled across this drawing that I did a few years ago- inspired by Picasso's pencil drawings where the pencil is never lifted.There must have been one other source of inspiration too though, because they say it takes atleast three strikes to seed action. In which case, I'll credit the string artists of Instagram!My original intention was to make a cat, but that seemed a bit too Halloweeney for December so I started moving the shape around on my floor and realized that with enough i-cord, I could make anything! This is where I started to get really excited because being able to knit anything is my ultimate goal. I know anything is rather lofty but this new style does open a whole lot of doors!So, this piece is composed of about twelve feet of 100% Canadian wool, Briggs and Little to be exact, stitched into an i-c0rd loop; as well as one piece of knitted holly and berries. I 'winged' the berries (excuse the pun) but credit must go to Lesley Arnold-Hopkins for the free holly pattern (thank you for your generosity)!I assembled it on my living room floor and snapped a pic so I could replicate the proportions at installation. This turned out to be easier than expected as the holly was about the size of the beak. So with the holly as my guide and beak as my starting point, I was all set to tack up...The Dove. The whole affair took 10 minutes. It can be found 'downtown' Twillingate, across from the post office. If you do stumble upon it, snap a pic and share it with me online #rockvandals. I love, love, love when you share with me and your friends!For the rest of you, in lands far, far away-I scoped out a new sweet spot, again in downtown Twill, that's in need of some colour and life. So, given my ambitious ambitions of being able to knit anything, do you have any knitted suggestions for my next project? I can't wait to hear from you! Comment below or hit me up on Twitter or Insta with your brilliant ideas...Ill be holding my breath!
This project couldn't have been easier! As a result I was able to crank out quite a few and leave my mark on both Newfoundland and Ontario. As you know, I love covering the world with my crafty street art and given how easy these were, it meant I was able to actualize my dream of making a little crafty street art 'alley' here in Twill and also contribute to the Super Art Crawl in Hamilton. Bonus!
Anyways, I thought I'd walk you through the process just in case you have a hankering to try your hand at a completely harmless form of temporary street art.Ready? Here we go:Step 1: Select an image.I photocopied a bunch of images from an adult colouring book called Magnificent Creatures. This is where most of my images came from. Just regular photocopying on regular paper.
There were a few that I made my own though, including this map of Newfoundland and the moose-head. The map began as an outline, I divided it up into regions and included fun shapes for colouring.
The moose head actually began life as a photo of a 3D wire sculpture! It was especially cool though because once printed it sectioned perfectly for colouring.
Step 2: Colour with pencil crayons.I didn't try markers because I have a theory they would run and pencil crayons were working so well. That said I have heard oil based markers will work well too. Perhaps this is something to try for the future, or perhaps you can let me know?Step 3: Make up your wheat-paste and start pasting.It's super easy and totally bio-degrable. All you are doing is boiling up flour, sugar and water. Then paint it to your surface, the back of your image and then over top the whole thing. Presto bango, crafty street art for days, and days!If you are in Twill, I am happy to report that the wolf and octopus are still holding up very well up on Froudes Hill (our new street art 'alley') alongside Everyday & Every way. Go check it out and send me a selfie or if you are feeling very mischievous, perhaps you can make your own contribution? This my lovelies is actually gentle encouragement for all of you, no matter where in the world you are, to go forth and make your mark on the world and let me know about it!If you're not quite certain what to paste up, pop over to my insta and scope out whether I'm doing a giveaway. I'd be delighted to share with you because as you know, I aim to cover the entire globe in my crafty street art and collabing in this manner is extra, extra fun! :) Even more fun perhaps if you want to do an exchange of some sort? Whatever, just know I'd down for crafty street art adventures of all sorts!
Truer words can't be embroidered!Do you remember the long days of summer from when you were a kid? What happened to them? As far as I can tell, time is getting faster. Which suggests that time is going to continue to pass faster and faster. Oh my!Anyways, in an effort to slow things down and atleast acknowledge how quickly things are zipping along, I made something special for Twill town!I bought this shirt with the specific intention of turning it into street art but couldn't resist wearing it myself first. There is nothing like putting an idea or mantra on your back to really 'try it on for size'.Last years backpacking and crafting adventure really drove this idea home for me. I thought a year would last forever but it didnt, and now I'm grateful for the lesson than nothing lasts forever... in fact, life is shirt!I also heard a rumour that there is 'Summer is short here, dont mess it up' graffitti in Newfoundland's capital city of St.John's so this is my crafty street art response!This shirt was installed on July 14 on an abandoned old shop on Twillingate's main road. It's right across from Mr & Mrs Scoops so snacks are available to support your viewing experience.It blends in a bit with the colours of the building but I like that it doesn't scream for your attention. So similiar to this one, if you notice the old, boarded up place you'll be rewarded with a bit of fun but if not, no odds!As you can tell, I'm having a lot of fun decorating the abandoned buildings of Twillingate and I am happy to report that there is atleast one more that I've got my eye on. Now, I just have to wait for creative inspiration to strike!In the mean time, I'de love to hear from you on how you slow time down and appreciate the good times. A friend in Cambodia used to say; "If you dont enjoy your life, who will?". So, fill me in on how your do it, in the comment section below or on Insta and Twitter. You knows I love hearing from you!Also, if you know people in the Twill-area I'de be super grateful if you shared this post: the internet is amazing for sharing but I think this one is best enjoyed in real life! Xo