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
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!
Wow! I can't believe it's over and that I've come out feeling pretty darn good about my crochet skills! In fact, I feel like I've just been given the keys to the castle; I'm all amped up with ideas and totally floored by how fast crochet is! So, while the 12 days of Christmas street art challenge is over- I am certainly not done vandalizing the community, or province for that matter!Take a peek through these pics and see the whole project. It's a bit of a mishmash that includes all of my favourite things, doilies, past project, upcycled clothes from the thrift store and a big first- a collaboration with another Newfoundland artist! And be sure to let me know your favourites on the comment section below.So, here we go!Day 1/12 Days of Christmas in Twillingate NewfoundlandYou may recall this beautiful face from the MusicNL installation and this summers emoji install!
Cod kissing mistletoe-Day 6￼. I wonder how many people became Newfoundlanders from this!?
Banksy inspired New Year HopeYou may recognize elements of this one from the recent auction where a similar Banksy print spontaneously shredded itself! You may also recognize the Fries, Dresses and Gravy dress-back in the mix again!
Day 11 with the beautiful doily wings!I love these wings- can't get enough of them really. I am hoping that I'll be able to get a few more sets made for this summer too- for sharing!The amazing ladies at the thrift shop promised to tuck handmade doilies away for me, so if all goes well- perhaps you'll see a set of Newfoundland doily wings near you sometime soon.And then we were storm-bound for two days! I sat inside twiddling my crochet hook- just waiting to install my best, most Newfoundlandy, crochet piece yet!Drumroll plllllease.....Tada!
So there- the 12 days of Christmas street art challenge has come and gone and I would label it a massive success!Stay tuned friends- I'll be coming at you again with more colourful crocheted yarnbombjng goodness in the very near future. And to stay right on top of the Twillingate street art scene or to share what you are working on- find me here!Peace friends and thanks for your support!
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
Growing up I was a big fan of Jim Carrey mostly because I totally loved, loved, loved Ace Ventura. Ace Ventura plus The Truman Show, and the fact that Jim grew up very near where I did, made his rise to stardom particularily inspiring.This winter I watched Jim & Andy, which sent me down a bit of a Jim Carrey rabbit hole and culminated in watching this graduation speech. According to Jim we only have two choices in life, the choice between love and fear. I'm sure you have heard how Jim Carrey manifested his financial success by writing himself a cheque for ten million dollars, and five years later cashed a real one for the precise amount. In that commencement speech he holds himself up as proof that we have powerful minds which can be used to achieve our greatest desires. All we have to do is ask the Universe for what we want.I think this message resonates with me because it aligns so well with yogic philosophy, which states 'where the mind the goes, the energy flows'. If we focus on what we fear or dont want, guess where our minds are at? Alternatively, we can focus on what we do want and act from a place of positivity and love. With that idea seeded by yoga and watered by my childhood idol, Jim, I set my mind to sharing it with Twill-town!You might recall the spot actually. Last year I installed Life is Shirt here and it only lasted a few weeks. This year I sought permission, reminding myself to be patient and set my mind to assume the best outcome as I waited for a response. And guess what? It worked out perfectly.Thanks to the Universe for the lesson and a special thanks to Ms. Ashbourne for donating this space, located on Twillingate's north side across from Mr & Mrs Scoops.Always Choose Love was installed on Mothers Day and follows a similar knitted string style to this piece-which evolved into this Moose. Watch this space to see what happens to it next. I've got it all lined up for International Yarnbomb Day and am pumped to share with you!June is fast approaching and is always the most exciting month of the year here on the blog. With World Wide Knit in Public Day AND International Yarnbomb Day on June 9th-there is a lot to look forward to. Will you be celebrating?I hope you'll join me at the annual event either at the Captains Pub here in Twillingate from 2-4, or at one of the many events taking place worldwide. I am cracking on another community yarnbomb idea (it's been way too long since we officially joined forces), so let me know if you are coming and want to partake in the fun. I could use your help and Twillingate could use your skills! :)And in the mean time/rest of time, let's all try to remember Jim's advice and yogic philosophy and always choose love-especially when it comes to our hopes and aspirations. ❤️