Are you loving all these rad, guerrilla artist interviews as much as I am? I hope so because they’re not stopping any time soon!
Today I am rather pleased to introduce Nicole of Lace in the Moon. Nicole is a yarn artist based in the States who only learned to crochet this year! This is super exciting because she and her crocheted art have pulled off some impressive feats already-she met her celebrity idol!
To find out what she did, and how she did it- grab your cuppa and hit the couch, because you are in for a nice time!
Tell us about yourself and your art.
Hiii! My name is Nicole aka Lace in the Moon. I am 26 years old and currently reside in Philadelphia, PA with a couple of roommates and my cat, Moose 🙂 I grew up outside of Washington, DC and moved to Philly exactly 2 years ago.
I’m at an interesting point in my life, to say the least haha- you might call it a quarter life crisis, or you might just call it trying to stay true to who I am. As a twentysomething who feels at a crossroads in her life, what I have come to realize lately is that art is the only thing that makes me feel anything really!!
And it’s been only the past 4 months that I’ve decided to go full speed ahead with trying to pursue this passion- although sometimes it feels as if I’m going at a snail’s pace 😉 I have always loved mixed media art and texture and once I found crochet I knew that this was my perfect medium.
How did you get into crochet and yarnbombing
I didnt even know what yarnbombing was until about a year and a half ago when I discovered a couple different crochet artists through Instagram. I had never picked up a hook before but felt so inspired by these artists (specifically London Kaye) and wanted to learn how to beautify the fences in my neighborhood.
I watched YouTube videos nonstop for a couple weeks and started experimenting with shapes and patterns. I was drawn to yarnbombing initially because it was a way to create street art without having to have drawing or painting skills (which I admittedly lack!!)- but what I found I loved most about it was the act of installing a piece, interacting with passerbys, and walking away wondering how many people might stop and smile.
You’ve made it in the news with a couple big projects; tell us about them
Yes I have!! I’m assuming you are referencing my Taylor Swift inspired yarnbombs, aka my claim to fame hahah 🙂 I installed a series of three Taylor Swift pieces, each with different lyrics, throughout the city in attempts to catch her or her team’s attention before her show in Philly.
I didn’t think much would come of it, however, after putting up the second piece, I was contacted by a writer from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was written about in the paper and on philly.com… crazy right?!? When I put up the third piece, another writer from Newsweek asked to do a story about me. Somehow, some way, the stars aligned and me and four of my best friends got to meet our girl Tay 🙂 It was such a cool experience and so fun to watch it all play out.
I’ve also had a couple shout outs by a local street art blog, Streets Dept, which has really helped me grow my audience.
What are you working on now?
I have a couple of projects in the works for the extremely near future! The first is a collaboration with a wheatpaste artist here in Philly. She does some really funky work and her subject matter is a little bit darker than what I typically do. We will be doing a large install (over 10 feet) and what I’m most excited about is juxtaposing her black and white, flat wheatpastings with my textured, bright yarn.
The second project I’m working on is an installation at a local restaurant/bar in Philly called Tattooed Moms. This place is awesome because the entire upstairs is completely covered in artwork- mostly stickers, graffiti, and posters. I will be installing a large piece above a couch and am excited to bring some more texture to the space. It’s also a big deal for me because this will be the first time I will be putting up a piece inside!
How do you get inspired?
I get inspired by literally everything, but mainly lyrics, words, and rhymes… weird color combos, textures, and patternes… abandoned spaces, walls, funky doors… walking down the craft isle, browsing “bright neon yarn” on Google 🙂
What’s the next big project-dream?
Honestly, I am just trying to work my hardest and really see where my yarnbombing can take me. I would LOVE to partner with prop stylists, movie sets, wedding planners, markets, or anyone who wishes to collaborate in attempts to beautify spaces. Ultimately, I would love to create my own brand and yarnbomb as a living… but baby steps for now 😉
How has your yarnbombing adventure changed you? /What have you learned?
This might sound a little farfetched but I mean it fulheartedly when I say that yarnbombing has helped me realize the potential I have at being able to live and lead a creative life.
I am slowly learning that you really can do anything you set you mind to as long as you put in the time and effort and passion. I am SO excited to continue crocheting and seeing where this newly found talent of mine can take me.
What are your essential yarnbombing tools?
Lately I’ve been doing large scale yarnbombs so my essential tools have evolved a bit than from when I was putting up small pieces. For anything large scale, the most essential tool is a ladder!!!
Another essential tool is the hyperlapse mode on my camera- I love filming the act of installing my yarnbombs and this allows for me to speed up what is usually about an hour and a half of installing into a 2/3 minute video!
I feel so lame saying this last “essential tool,” but its probably the most important… staying hydrated and having ample water!! So important in the summer when the heat is beaming down!
What would you suggest to someone who feels stuck creatively?
Just do something. Anything. Even if you hate it and it sucks, it’s better than sitting on your couch comparing yourself to others (trust me, I’ve done that so many times, and still do)! Pour some paint on a canvas and watch it drip off the sides, or wrap some string around a chair, or rearrange your bookshelf by color order. Just start playing for the sake of playing, and not to create a masterpiece.
I have a pile of random failure pieces in my room, but every now and then I don’t completely hate something and it’s a great feeling! As artists and creatives, we are our own worst critics, so try to remember that everything you make isn’t going to be amazing and that’s totally okay!
I am so grateful to Nicole/Lace in the Moon for sharing her story and art with us. Am I alone in feeling all amped up and ready to make something now…even if it’s not perfect? I doubt it. Comment below if you’re also feeling the good, inspired vibes and itching to get making.
Before you go and make something though, head over to Instagram to follow Nicole-it’s the best way to stay on top of her work and keep the inspiration alive. We’d love to hear from you in the future too so be sure to tag us both and show us what you’re working on (you can find me here or you can use #rockvandals). Together we’re crafting a creative community so let’s stay in touch!