Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spontaneous Guerilla Action

If you want to have some fun you should try this. The Global Guerilla Challenge has been extended by Sydney artist grrl+dog. Now there are only two days left. I just found out, haven't really met grrl yet, am not an official participant, but this is too much play to pass up.



I had a long strip of old practice knitting ready made and just right for tree sculpture. Well, maybe not wide enough, but I improvised with a corset-like lace up.




After scouting out locations, I decided on a tree in the park across the street.


Several blasé teenagers passed by, but no one approached. If someone wants to play too, there's an invite and directions to my blog inside the card.


Trying out a project that's out of the usual routine is a breath of fresh air. Happiness inducing. Hmmm, this may end up being another addiction.

Lastly, here's my trashed studio after hunting for for my knit sewing needle. Never found it. Improvised with a paper clip. I think a touch of spring fever hit, yah we're buried in snow, but the light isn't white anymore. It's yellow. Spring fever can have this effect on my studio.


The studio is slowly recovering...

20 comments:

Robyn said...

So you've been bitten by the Guerilla bug too, Shayla. Nice that you can see the tree and who approaches it from close by. And a very pretty guerilla knit too!

g said...

Great idea. It would warm my heart to see spontaneous art like that in a snowy landscape.

Lovely!! Have a great weekend.

Jeane said...

oooooh I love the red knit up against the snow and so cool you did one! hurray! and also love the life in your studio!

Leslie said...

Wasn't this fun? I will definitely do more, and it's good knitting practice. Like that was something on my to-do list. Ha!

Ro Bruhn said...

Dneese would be proud, it looks fabulous.

grrl+dog said...

I had to laugh over the trashed studio... we all must be equal in the frustration so ver locating the thing you need under a mountain of stuff you dont need. Tganks for playing, your knit up looks very organic and spontaneous, just like you, I imagine. I am posting about you as we speak.

martha brown said...

I'm so glad that someone else was out suffering in the freezing cold to sew theirs on!(misery loves company!)I LOVE that lacing! your "trashed" studio looks tidier than mine on a neat day!

Sharon said...

Very unique and fun idea. Who would have thought of knitting a tree a sweater? I like it! A splash of color against the cold. Fun! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hey Fun!!! it really is a burst of Spring!! I love the lace up..

great studio!!.. Wish mine was that neat at the moment.. How did all this stuff get in here...

Leah said...

Oh, this is SO cool, Shayla!! I love the idea of knitted pieces on trees.

lynne h said...

gorgeous, shayla! and i'm laughing at your trashed studio after the adventure. it's that way isn't it? and when i'm looking for one thing i find five others i'd forgotten about, which leads to further mental tangents! : )

Tracy said...

hahaha...Oh, that looks like HUGE fun! LOVE it! And your "project" on the tree looks great. Wish I'd know about this soon...darn...LOL! I'm always late to the party... ;o) Poor studio though...Mine often looks like that after a binge session of crafting. Thankfully suffering doesn't last long ;o) Happy Day, Shayla ((HUGS))

bindu said...

It looks great! Good idea to choose a tree you can keep an eye on. I'd be curious to see what people do when they pass it.

MiKa Art said...

Yes, I feel spring is coming! I'm very happy that the daytime is getting longer and longer.

JafaBrit's Art said...

lol, you're studio looks a little like mine, err! almost need a gps to find my way across the room and find things. driving me flipping bonkers, hence the reason I have spilled out into the den, oops!

I like the corset effect and seeing your photos.

picciolo said...

what a gorgeous studio you have, even when not looking its tidiest, it is just full of light, and I love your cupboards! And the tree looks amazing even from a distance, what a wonderful idea.
:)

Margie said...

How wonderful and your studio is beautiful!

Margie

Lady P said...

That is lovely - and the corset-like lacing very inviting!! I can't believe you trudged out in those snow banks to "bomb" a treee- you rock!! LOvely,lovely photos!

Shayla said...

Robyn, it was still there when I drove by the other day.

G-Thanks! I guess the first guerilla knit was for a doorknob.

Jeane- Thought I'd be able to shock with the mess in my studio, but I guess not. I think I've found my people. None of you would mind if you stopped by and the dishes weren't done in the cause of art making :)

Leslie- yes!! This was a blast. Felt so good to try something different.

Thank you Ro, *big smiles*

grrl- that was a great event! I believe I've found a new addiction.

Martha- oh us poor Canadians ;0) I could tell by the light in your photos that it was cold, cold, cold. I couldn't locate my mittens before going. Ooh! My fingers got stiff and sore.

Sharon, yes, craving color this time of year.

Gwen, stuff multiplies and gives birth to more stuff when we turn off the lights

Leah, thanks. I thought it was cool too. Some people covered the tree completely and hung huge pom poms. It looked like some kind of Alice in Wonderland fantasy forest.

Lynne, oh yes. It was one of those days. There were several projects on the go. I so know what you mean...

Tracy, it was huge fun!! I wonder what your tree would have looked like? Maybe ruffles, like that glove pattern you have? p.s. the rules have been bent and latecomers are welcome.

Bindu, I do remember one artist dressing up in a giant chicken suit down town screaming "pee pee, cah cah" and people still tried to not notice. I may not find much reaction, but some of the others like Martha and Leslie above did.

Mika, doesn't that feel good? Yesterday at 6:00 pm it was still light! Yipee!!

GPS- good one. Jafagirls rock!

Thanks Jane, I do love my space. Like you, I love cupboards and storage.

Margie, it was wonderfully fun to do. Glad I stumbled on grrl's site.

Lady P, so nice to have met you. Your 'regular' knits are so funky. Love the slippers and cupcake hat.

Liberty said...

I love it! I think it's beautiful (*and I love the idea in general!). Great idea to have a card with invitation to learn more. I'd love it if this kind of thing caught on.