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Brighton Graffiti

We’ve just had a week off work and amongst other things we spent a thoroughly enjoyable few days in Brighton. We stayed in the Umi hotel with a lovely seafront view and a pretty decent full English breakfast.

The weather was typically tricky, warm and sunny to start with turning into heavy grey clouds, a brisk wind and fairly persistent rain. Perfect for browsing The Lanes, eating cake and spending lots of 2p’s in the amusement arcades  – British bliss!

Here are a few pics from our visit that caught my eye…

I love this stuff… Cassette Lord is a Graffiti artist responsible for decorating these boring old switch boxes as part of a council community project. You can read an interview with him here and view lots more pics of his cassette grafitti on Flickr

St George’s Mews hairdressers is just one example of the stunning wall graffiti around Brighton

Couldn’t resist this giant decorated cat in the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery foyer

And the beautiful merry-go-round painted horses on Brighton Pier

Oh look, what a surprise… Alan Pitchfork on Brighton beach leaving behind some pebble self-portrait graffiti. He did it with a Sharpie pen – they’re supposed to be permanent so the sea will surely be the best test of that! But I guess we’ll never know the answer…

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Beach Art

After ‘Stumbling Upon’ a website about Graffiti knitting and then sharing some brilliant websites and blogs in the Folksy forums, it reminded me of something we did on a holiday back in 2005 in Greece.

We spent the day on a beach making pebble pictures and towers… OK, not the same as knitting I know, but the idea of leaving something behind for others to discover feels similar to adorning public spaces and objects with pieces of knitting and crochet for people to just happen across and marvel at later.

Or grumble about, vandalise, whatever… but get a response nevertheless!

Here are some pics our pebble art (not the first one – they’re my feet!)…

A pile of pebbles...

A pile of pebbles...

Desert Daisy

Desert Daisy

Stone Fish

Stone Fish

Rock Face

Rock Face

Pebble Tower

Pebble Tower

Two Towers

Two Towers

For any of you heading off to a beach this summer it might be a fun alternative to building a sandcastle.

There’s even a World Beach project that you can post your pictures to via the V&A website. They’ve recently reached post No.500 – have a look here for what do…

http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/textiles/lawty/world_beach/

And here are the links to some of the incredible pieces of knitting graffiti and yarnbombing:

http://deputy-dog.com/2008/11/urban-knitting-worlds-most-inoffensive.html#idc-ctools

http://www.yarnbombing.com/

http://www.iknit.org.uk/grittingthetunnel.html

http://knitthecity.com/2009/07/13/the-phonebox-cosy-tale/#comment-60

http://www.knittaplease.com/GALLERY/GALLERY.html


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