Monthly Archives: February 2013

Gettin’ Graphic

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When the Bissell Bomber’s started this blog last year,
it came out of a simple way to collect all the little tid bits we had been slowly
accumulating while researching a pretty bizarre hobby.

One thing led to another and we moved away from just writing about it, to actually doing it.
From random interest spurring exploration, to igniting a creative drive.

Now, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that as kids we quickly labeled ourselves and others.
Fitting everyone into neat little categories to give our lives some structure and organization.
To simplify things we created the jocks, the drama queens, the nerds, the dweebs, and the art kids.
We figured out which group we quasi fit into and that became our identity,
something meant to be permanent and give others around us an easy way to
define us and orient themselves accordingly.

How many times have you caught yourself thinking, “Well I can’t do this thing, I’m not that person”.
I can’t play basketball, I’m not athletic.
I can’t draw a picture, I’m not artistic.
Excuses, excuses.

Before the Bissell Bombers I can definitely attest to thinking I would never be a knitter.
Yarn was for old ladies who doiley-fied everything and had too many cats.
And not to get all preachy (too late!) but I just think it is buckets full of amazing
when people leap out of their comfortable yet confining identity role and into
something completely unexpected. Like for example… 650 WIDE.

This dude has been on the corporate path to suits and condos for the majority of his
life sprinkled with dashes of MVP awards and sports trophies. I don’t believe he has ever
uttered the phrase, “Let’s go check out this art museum” once and yet suddenly
he’s putting aside  his ties and cheque books in order to tap into something
completely outside his old world view by playing with pictures.

His site is pretty new, and as such reveals his early experiments and first steps
into graphic design, but those first steps are brave and inspiring and could lead to something amazing!

Maybe it’s been all the SoulPancake I’ve been watching recently, but I’m
getting giddy mini goosebumps and warm fuzzies thinking about how wonderful it is
when people continue to push themselves and really test out who they are.

Congrats and good luck to 650 WIDE on your new endeavour!
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Happy Valentines Day!

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Happy Valentines Day everyone!
Despite a bad case of the flu during one of the most
romantic times of the year, I still wanted to shower
you all with some hugs and kisses.

But since I can already feel the collective cringe, maybe I’ll just
send you guys a Bissell Bomber Valentines card…

Forgive some of my bad/ non-rhyming prose.
Cold meds are FUN!

Behind the Seams: AGO 1st Thursday!

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 WHAHOOOO!!!!! We did it guys!

The Art Gallery of Ontario has officially been yarn bombed!

*fist pumps entire installation crew

We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to
this amazing experience. From all the wonderful people who sent
us along yarn, lent us a car to transport everything to the gallery,
and handed over their time to do some super fast last minute darning.

A special shout out also goes to some of the OCAD students who invited us to join the
evenings festivities in the first place. Simone was the perfect host, checking
in to see if we needed anything, escorting our team members around,
and offering to help unload installation equipment even though our
surprisingly light bundles of hexagons looked like they weight tonnes.
And our main contact, Jon, definitely deserves a pat on the back after
all the changes that were made throughout the prep process and for
working out a few kinks. Some of you might recall that originally we were
set to install on the Walker Court stairs, and were moved to the snake ramp at
the main  lobby doors. In the end  there was one last adjustment and the Gallery
Italia space turned out to be a terrific way to bring the street art movement into
the gallery while watching Toronto’s latest snow storm unfold.

The Bissell Bombers also wanted to give a shoutout to AGO security and assorted staff.
We know we must have looked a little odd with our multicoloured rib
wrappings, but your curiosity about the project kept us motivated and
your sense of humour made the 4-hour install fly-by.

And since the event was for one night only and the show sold out incredibly fast,
we wanted to post a few photos for those who couldn’t make it out.
So enjoy our Behind the Seams shots as we prepared for the big night 🙂

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Measure twice, darn once.

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All set to go as we wait for the ladder to come up from the ‘AGO’ sign up front.

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Teamwork, a little ingenuity and a lot of temporary zip ties.

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Putting the last finishing touches on the flower garland as the LEDs are activated!

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Forget being “Facebook Official”, you know you’ve made it when you’re given your own interpretive text panel and program 🙂

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The big reveal!
Our secret identities are exposed as two
Bissell Bombers pose with their biggest collaborative piece to date.

To hear more about the project and some of  the other installation pieces
that were on display that night, be sure to check out Christopher Jones article for TO Live with Culture.
And you can make your own dance party by visiting A Tribe Called Reds amazing play list.

Project Shoutout: One More Sleep!

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Two months,
Dozens of posts,
HUNDREDS of hexagons,
One.More.Sleep

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

As we put the finishing touches on our pre-installation-
totally-organized-and-ready-to-go yarnbomb for the AGO’s 1st Thursday event
we wanted to post one last photo glut to thank all those donors who
snuck in at the last second with their knit  works.

And to get you in the mood for the Thursday par-tay, the AGO and OCAD students
have organized An Evening With A Tribe Called Red TONIGHT!
Details are on the Facebook page, and who knows… maybe if you
come  you’ll catch a glimpse of the Bissell Bombers and a
few other artists that will be featured on Thursday…
Just sayin’

So before we start posting things like, how we’re going to cover the AGO
(and a new location we’re being given) and the shenanigans we’re bound to get into
during the event, it’s time to take one last look at your individual handy work
before it becomes a fabulous collective of community crocheted craziness!

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Project Shoutout: Laura J.

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Eermahgerd! Eermahgerd! Eermahgerd!
The AGO 1st Thursday show is almost here!!!

YAAAYYYY!!!!

We are so excited for the big event, so excited that we have neglected to
update you all on the amazing things that came out of
our desperate donation drive.

So here we go,  our last big photo glut pre-install.

First up, we have some lovely flowers to go on…
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Laura J. has been providing the group with a series of leafy greens
for almost a month now. I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger and taken
an unfortunately long amount of time in finally displaying my
adoration for her publicly.

But no more! A tip of the hat and a Bissell Bomber  SHOUTout to Laura J.
who has been an active contributor to the project on Facebook, with her
cute little links and stories, and her kind donation of pattern books
(with the doubly generous offer of passing them along to potential
yarn bombers if they are looking for inspiration).

THANKS LAURA J.!
We  hope to see you at the big show THIS Thursday at the Art Gallery of Ontario!
Woot! Woot!

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Project Shoutout: Super Hero Ninja Mom (Brenda M.)

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HELLLLLLOOOOOO GUELPHITES!
Do I see a little city rivalry a brewin’?

A few days a go we intook a hefty collection of squares and rectangles from
a Bissell Bomber mum who can only be described as a Super Hero Ninja.

That’s how ninjas work right?
They sneak on in and drop of loads of knit goods.
Sounds like Santa, but it’s February so everyone knows he’s still on vay-cay.
Come on, don’t be ridiculous.

So a big SHOUTOUT to Brenda M.
I mean Super Hero Ninja Mom!!! Shoot… totally just blew your cover.
My bad…

Well, at least you get full credit for your awesome work now 😉

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How did you know purple was my favourite colour? 😉

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Project Shoutout: Mary L.

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Throughout our donation period for the AGO 1st Thursday project
we’ve seen a wide variety of flowers and different style hexagons from novice
knitters to budding addicts and emerging crafters.

But this donation from Mary L. is the first time we’ve seen someone
offering up an heirloom!

Mary L. contacted one of the Bissell Bombers with a special piece:
this beautiful baby blanket from her grandmother.

We’re really touched that this has been offered up to us,
and so we give a sweet humble shout out to Mary for temporarily
entrusting us with something to close to her family.
You’ve definitely amped up the meaning of community involvement with this one!