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!
As widely announced, June is my very favourite month. This is because there are a number of 'days' relevant to being a 'knitting, street-crafter living on the edge of Earth' worth celebrating. This past week saw World Oceans Day, World Wide Knit in Public Day and International Yarnbomb Day. So, obviously I had to get out and make some noise about it all!Twillingate has the highest ratio of yarnbombs/capita in the province and this is all due to highly committed gang activity in 2015-16. We haven't knit together since I returned from my travels though, so it was high time to call the gang back together.Eighteen of us gathered at the Captain's Pub for a knit along and it was wonderful. We were one of over 1000 groups who got together worldwide to knit in public, and were even joined by a couple tourists who happened upon us and had their needles!I spent the time working on the final rows of my Yarnbomb Giveaway-which I am very pleased to announce will go to...drumrolll please...Zsa Zsa from Yellow Springs, Ohio! Yay, congrats! I'll be sending you knitting very, very soon.That same evening I installed my latest yarnbomb which is highly inspired by my yarn-graffiti-idol London Kaye. London uses crochet and makes large scale installations that interact with the environment so the illusion of yarn pouring from the spout is inspired by her work. But, of course I made it relevant to my environment in icey Newfoundland. As you may know, Twillingate is considered the iceberg capital of the world which means we are pretty much surrounded by ice year round- but for short window in the summer during breakup.I have heard stories of seals and even polar bears ending up in town, carried to shore on icepans. Despite having lived here for almost four years I still haven't seen either one. I should mention I am only really hoping to come across a seal, though a polar bear would be nice from a safe distance.So, given all these factors, street crafter +4 yrs+no seal sightings+IYBD...this yarnbomb was my solution! Behold, my Atlantic-Sea-themed yarnbomb intended to celebrate World Ocean's Day and International Yarnbomb Day, and coinciding with Worldwide Knit in Public Day.It involves a doily from the local thrift shop, a seal pattern from Fuzzy Mitten, inspiration from London Kaye and my imagination for the rest. I even had to learn how to crochet a bit for it! I intended to use glue but wanted to keep it entirely 'temporary' so secured it with tacks to an old door I found on the beach and tied the rest of it together with yarn.Sadly, at writing, this yarnbomb has already been removed thus winning it the title of shortest Rock Vandal yarnbomb lifespan ever! It's too bad, but it is in keeping with seals being very elusive beings around here.Anybody else get super pumped for Knit in Public or International Yarnbomb Day? What did you do? Who pulled out an old, abandoned project? My Instagram was entirely filled with knitting that day and I loved it! Comment below and fill me in what you were getting up to!
Montreal is a fabulous place, especially for a long weekend celebrating Mother's Day. While touring the city, it was obvious I wasn't the only one who thought it was a perfect destination for a city-escape with the Mama.I've got a well rehearsed vacation itinerary now that can fit almost any destination and when things are particularly well planned it involves yarnbombing.This was one of those times when the stars, sun and moon aligned in every conceivable way, ensuring an absolutely wonderful time. In my world, it doesn't get any better than Montreal bagels and lox, a visit to the spa, Cirque du Soliel and knit-grafitti. And to share it all with my mama, well that's the absolute best!This yarnbomb was temporarily installed on St.Denis street and inconspicuously watched over from a distance. In my enthusiasm, I anticipated a highly excited and enthusiastic response from passerbys-while my mother was concerned the piece would be snatched up and carried off.Ultimately, no one touched it; In fact I can't be sure anyone even saw it! Regardless, it was a fun exercise to release the knitting to the world and call for a celebration of mothers...a la francais too!This was my first out of province, Canadian yarnbomb and was based on a pattern from a designer in Toronto who owns and operates the Knit Cafe. It's also the first time I've experimented with glue, aptly called Guerilla glue, which I figure must be intended for guerilla-art.Be sure to stay tuned for more adventures with yarnbombing... and glue; this weekend provided a few extra hours of transit-knitting so you can be sure I've got more crafty street art coming at ya!In the mean time, did anyone else connect with their mother/daughter over arts and crafts this past weekend?