Free NFLD Yarnbomb

Newfoundland has one piece of iconic grafitti that aims to stir the embers of nationalism buried in many Newfoundlanders’ hearts. You see, the island province of Newfoundland was it’s own country until it joined confederation with Canada in 1949.


Free NFLD in all her glory

Free NFLD was originally coined by artist Wallace Ryan to promote Newfoundland nationalism. It appeared on posters around the capital city of St. John’s in the 1980’s and re-surfaced as anonymous grafitti in the 90’s.


Free NFLD in STJ

It lives on as the grafitti of Newfoundland pride- popping up on the streets of Toronto in the early 2000’s and reappearing again in St.Johns in 2015. Today, the guaranteed way to see it is on t-shirts for sale downtown.

The original grafitti was washed away well before the Rock Vandals formed but it’s hard to not feel compelled by the independent streak it represents.


The Free NFLD Yarnbomb

Of course, the Free NFLD knitfitti version has a slightly different intention than the original slogan-theories of which you can read about here.

The aim of this piece is to promote appreciation of the beauty of Newfoundland and inspire gratitude for the freedom outport living provides….particularly the freedom to partake in yarnbombs and street-craft!


Free NFLD Yarnbomb

After more than a year of travelling it’s incredibly nice to be ‘home’ and this yarnbomb serves as a nod of thanks to the Twillingate community-who’s shown nothing but ‘warmth’ towards the yarn encroachment.


Free NFLD yarnbomb in Durrell, Newfoundland

This yarnbomb was installed on March 18, 2017 down the h’arm, in Durrell. It is Durrell’s first yarnbomb and showcases the extensively spectacular natural beauty of the area.

‘Free NFLD’ is able to elicit feelings of nationalism in Newfoundlanders, just as ‘Vive Le Québec’ is able to do for Québécois. What slogan does your homeland associate with? Anyone know Canada’s slogan or motto? Comment below or hit me up on Twitter and Instagram-I love hearing from you!

-Knit well, Be well.

2 thoughts on “Free NFLD Yarnbomb

  1. Susanne says:

    I love hearing about the stories such as this one, that make up Canada. I had no idea about this whole “Free Newfoundland” thing, just as I had no idea the “Vive le Quebec” movement was still going strong until I went to study in Montreal. It’s piqued my interest. I feel like Canada has a very rich history, but many of its most interesting stories are left untold or not shared with the other parts of Canada – so thank you for sharing this! And for your beautiful yarnbomb, it looks great!

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    • The Rock Vandal says:

      Thanks Susanne! It’s true, we are such a huge country with distinct cultural regions-yet we often forget what makes each part unique and proud! Speaking of, I loved your post about indigineous knitting style in BC. What a diverse country!


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