Submitted by the Rock Vandal

There comes a point in every crafter's life when they think, what will I do with another handmade project? This is a crafting milestone. Some turn to their friends, others turn to charities and others still, to the streets.

Street-craft is a gentle form of street-art. It involves beautifying public spaces with traditional, crafty techniques. Often it involves a social or political message but it can also be done just for fun. It may involve knitting, embroidery, cross stitch or even gardening. Truth be told, there are no rules. In this paradigm, the world is a gallery and everyone is welcome to contribute.

gold rocks filling a hole in the pavement with a ocean scene in the background
Pothole of Gold: Twillingate, Newfoundland
My street-craft journey began with yarn bombs and has included experiments with embroidery and cross stitch. I was initially drawn to it and inspired by its accessibility. It provided a creative outlet with the resources available in my tiny, rural town. With the Internet for craft tutorials and a small craft shop for supplies, Twillingate had everything I needed to get started.

knitted yarn vine with colourful flowers attached to a wooden utilty pole on the side of a snow covered street with homes and a car in the bcakground
How D'Vine in Twillingate, Newfoundland
The first real project I made was a flower vine. My intention was to lift the communities' spirits in the dead of winter. It worked, and sparked a bit of a mystery as I knit it anonymously! I felt as if I had discovered a magical ability to surprise and delight those around me. I was hooked. I have been consistently making street-craft for over two years now. I even brought it with me on a year-long trip through southeast Asia, making something special for each country.

hand holding out a knitted globe with a old stone arched, roofed bridge; the roof is decorated with dragons and red circles
Knitted Globe at the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam
I am starting to look forward to returning home now though. By finding an unexpected passion in street-craft, I also found an enclave of street-craft enthusiasts in a rather unlikely place - outport Newfoundland. Once together again, we can resume 'crafting' an even more beautiful province!

yarn heart stitched on a chain link fence that is on top of a concrete support wall at the top of a slope
Cross Stitch Heart in Twillingate, Newfoundland
If you'd like to see more of my projects pop over to my blog, Rock Vandal, and be sure to follow my crafty adventure. I'd also love to hear about your adventures in street-craft. Have you ever seen any? Do you fancy giving it a go? Do let me know if the comment section below or through the Rock Vandals blog.

If you'd like to read more about this emerging urban art keep an eye out these two great reads, Streetcraft by Rikka Kuittinen (ISBN-13: 978-0500517840) and Craftivism by Betsy Greer (ISBN-13: 978-1551525341).

Editor's Note: Thank you to the Rock Vandal for reaching out to EAC and preparing this thought-provoking article for our readers. Read previous posts on our blog about yarn bombing in Vulcan, Alberta and a review of Hoopla - The Art of Unexpected Embroidery


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