Testing out a new shop

June 30th, 2013

I’m trying out a new shop – something other than Etsy.

So I have some of the party cats up on Big Cartel at a discounted price. Go check ‘em out!

Party cat!

New project

June 29th, 2013

A sneak peak at a new project I’m working on. This is my friend Jae taking some photos of a Yermit by the river.

Yermit Boyfriend hanging out and reading comics.

You may end up dead

June 23rd, 2013

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Never grab a beaver

June 22nd, 2013

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Yarn Bombers Hit City Zoo

June 16th, 2013

Tiger in knitted cowl, discovered at the City Zoo Sunday morning.

Staff and visitors alike were shocked Sunday morning to discover that the City’s Zoo animals had been the target of yarn bombing.

Yarn bombing, other wise called urban knitting or guerrilla knitting, is a type of graffiti that uses non permanent knitwear instead of paint to mark or decorate public spaces. It is illegal in many places.

Giraffes at City Zoo Sunday morning, with "knit-bombed" scarves.

Numerous animals in the zoo we adorned in colourful knitted garments, allegedly put there overnight by a vigilantly group of crafters calling themselves the City Rebel Bombers. Over the past year the group has spontaneously bombed several city parks, the riverfront, downtown and City Hall. Normally, the knitting is just put on benches and trees. This is the first time the group has targeted live animals.

“We were planning to start small, maybe do up some sweaters for the squirrels or the geese down by the waterfront,” said the City Rebel Bombers leader, who cannot be identified, and is known just as Erin. “But once we get knitting, it’s hard to stop.”

Clive the bear at City Zoo Sunday morning in a sweater knitted by the City Reble Bombers.

“Before we knew it, we had cowls big enough for tigers,” said another CRB member, Mary W. via phone at an undisclosed location. “That’s where the idea came from.”

No one is sure how the knitters managed to get the yarn clothing onto the animals. Sully the head elephant was wearing just a trunk covering, three giraffes had on scarves, Tim the Tiger was wearing a cowl, and the zoo’s main bear, Clive was sporting a full sweater.

“Clive’s sweater was the most difficult,” admitted Erin. “Do you know how hard it is to get the measurements for a black bear? We had to guess, and I admit there was a bit of sewing done at the last minute to get everything fitting right.”

Camel at City Zoo during the Knit Bombing.

The reactions of the zoo visitors were mixed. Some were amused and amazed.

“We love it,” said Adele Pinks. “We come every Sunday but this is the first time we’ve seen them in clothes.”

Zebras at City Zoo wearing knitted cowls.

Many visitors were quite alarmed.

“Tigers live in warm climates in nature,” said 15 year old George Crumb. “Their fur is thicker than your fuzziest house cat. They don’t need cowls. He’s probably overheated.”

Zoo staff spent much of the morning removing the knitwear from the animals. According to the official statement by head Zooperson Todd Renburger, the zoo was not aware that the bombing was going to happen, nor did they assist in any way.

Elephant in knitted neck scarf at City Zoo.

“We have no idea how the bombers got in,” said Mr. Renburger. “We’re going to be opening an investigation, checking security tapes, and speaking to all zoo staff. Someone could have been hurt. Luckily none of the animals appear harmed, but we’ll be monitoring them.”

Word was out on all social media sites within minutes of the zoo opening, and crowds were pushing through the doors within the hour. Most of them managed to see the bombed animals before they were stripped of their knitting.

Monkeys in sweaters placed there by the Knit Bombers on Sunday.

“Thanks goodness we got down here in time,” said Jenn McCreany, holding her two young children up to view the Elephant. “This is not just something you’d want to view after on Facebook. The kids are thrilled. We think they should have the animals in knitting every week.”

“Maybe every Sunday at least,” added her husband Matt.

Knit bombed snake at City Zoo

Bankie

June 15th, 2013

I just realized I never did post a picture of the custom doll I made for my coworker.

He requested that I do a doll for his wife, of a man they know named Bankie Banx, who is a famous reggae singer.

They took it with them on their annual trip to Anguilla where Bankie saw the doll, and by all accounts was not offended. They did not leave the doll with him though.

Here’s Sarah and Bankie (the doll version).

Not knowing what to draw

June 3rd, 2013

I asked my son what I should draw.
My son was reading Macleans magazine. “Stalin,” he said.

Stalin and the Bear

Stalin and the Bear

A portrait of the artist

I need to draw more children, I thought.

A child (and a bear)

And children in action poses.

Run child, run.

The Dog Walker

June 2nd, 2013

Well this week, once again in my studio I pushed aside my sewing machine and only had paper for the cats to sit on. Oh, and I did some drawing.

I wanted to try some other kind of animal – other than bears, I mean. So I did some dogs. Then I added the before and after pictures. Not a very interesting story, but I’m not storyteller. I wish I was. But I’m not. I am an awesome story reader though, if that counts for anything.

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Bears and dogs

May 21st, 2013

The park after 6:00 p.m.

The bear and Mr. Twain play cricket.

Sacrifice to Zangboolantar

May 20th, 2013

“Here’s the first illustration,” I say to my son. “What happens before this?”

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“The mighty bear snatches the children and hoists them to his shoulders. Suddenly the minor god Zangboolantar appears and tells the bear that he must sacrifice the children on the top of Mount Grabfalder. Two giant purple lightening bolts blast out of the skies and incinerate the children into dust.”

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