Written by Tania Hanscom
After High School, Woody attended Sheridan College but was told he didn’t have what they were looking for to be successful in their arts program. He made a decision to move to B.C. and found work there cleaning screens for a screen printer in the evenings. “It was the worst job in the place; dirty, but I did it well and over the 5 years I spent in B.C., I learned everything about the screen printing business – from the bottom up”.
A Leap of Faith:
In 2008, Woody came back to Cambridge with his wife Crystal and a baby girl on the way. After a few years working a traditional job in the automotive sector, Woody and Crystal took a leap of faith and opened a screen printing business. What started out in their basement has become a thriving and newly expanded small business called “Spun Turtle Productions”. The shop is located at 8 Queen Street West, in downtown Hespeler. Business owners and event planners take note! Woody can design your t-shirts using your own logo or he will create a custom design that is distinctive and showcases the unique character or personality of your business or event. Tattooing is also offered in the shop, along with Woody’s original artwork, and T’s designed by Woody. It’s a really fabulous shop, full of great art and a great vibe.
Off the Wall:
Woody started painting on Canvas because people liked his work and wanted something they could hang in their homes. He is represented by Art Allies and currently has a show at The Hub in the Tannery Building in Kitchener. So; does Graffiti transfer to canvas successfully? Woody takes photos of actual Graffiti and silk screens it onto the canvas. Then, graffiti script is added by hand to evoke the meaning of the picture. Or sometimes it’s opposite; pictures are added to evoke the emotion of the written word. Woody loves letters, fonts and words. Capturing the essence of a word in the font is the basic, central, and critical point of Graffiti Art. It is type of culture jamming that sends a message to all of us here in the rat race, to “wake up, go outside, spend some time in nature, and above all, BREATHE!”
Woody will keep on creating works on Canvas, but his true love is Street Art. That’s where the message is at its strongest.
Culture Jamming; a Story retold:
Riding my skate board to work one day, I was stopped at a railway crossing waiting for the train to pass. This guy pulls up in his car, holding a Tim’s, probably on his way to work too, running late because of the train. Well, he starts cursing and waving his arms around, red faced, really, really angry. Just at that moment, a box car rolls on by; indifferent to the world, to me, to the man, and on it was the Graffiti writing “RELAX”.
What a poignant message to put on a train car – how many people see and benefit from this message every single day, when they are impatiently waiting for this train to pass?
Words of Wisdom:
We are all three part beings; Mind, Body and soul – The Lord may be our Shepherd, but we are not sheep, and we are not machines. Wake up.
Woody Woodfield can be contacted through his website www.spunturtle.ca