United by Buttons

button pattern

With the Olympics in town Deadly Knitshade and I wanted to give London a little bit of craft.

Although I had left a little piece of graffiti on the southbank for the Jubilee, we decided that The London Eye had yet to be given the Knit The City make over. Under the eye’s watchful gaze we set about making a new type of street art, one which has never before been done… as you may know buttons are in my blood – well they have been ever since two decided to lodge their way into my eyes, so we used some of our huge button stash to make a Union Jack.

The pattern was drawn onto the wall first

The pattern was drawn onto the wall first

Deadly Knitshade adding yet more buttons!

Deadly Knitshade adding yet more buttons!

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Sometimes you just have to sit out the rain – but you’ve got to keep your camera happy and dry. And boy did it rain that day!

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We encouraged passers by to help.

We encouraged passers by to help.

This was the first time that we encouraged passers by to help us. Everyone was able to take part, although some had to reach up high!

finished buttons DSC_3076 DSC_3070 tourists-buttonsThe tourists loved the union jack. The whole piece took over 4 hours to put up!

As you may know, normally we leave our art for someone to give a new life to in their home, but as this stretch of the south bank is private property we had very strict security on our backs for the whole day – and I mean every 5 minutes ‘Are you finished yet? What ARE you doing again?’

But, the plus side to that is that we can reuse the buttons for more street art… watch this space!

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Have you seen any cool graffiti or street art anywhere? let me know… comment below, I’m always interested to see new works.

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This entry was published on May 17, 2013 at 11:44 am. It’s filed under Craft graffiti, I made this! and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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