ToledoME is about YOU! And about highlighting what makes Downtown Toledo vibrant. Our first ToledoME Spotlight shines on Streetspun! This creative soul is making Toledo beautiful and more colorful by yarnbombing! Check it out our interview with the artist who (mostly) chooses to remain anonymous.
Where are you from? I’m from Ohio, I grew up just southeast of Toledo.
Why did you stay? It just felt so natural to be here! I find so much joy in watching UpTown and Downtown Toledo continue to grow. Plus, Toledo makes me happy!
How did you get the idea for the yarnbomb? I saw a photo of a yarnbomb in a street art magazine. I didn’t know how to crochet or knit but I was undeniably curious about learning more on this art form.
How long have you been doing it? It all started in the spring of 2011, the very same day I was introduced to the yarnbomb in the magazine. I bought a hook and yarn that evening and with the help from YouTube videos I taught myself how to crochet.
What’s the response been? Toledo loves yarnbombs! The response has always been so very positive right from the beginning! The absolute best is when someone stumbles across a yarnbomb as I’m putting it up. There are one of three responses that usually comes next… What is that for? Thank you for making Toledo colorful! And my all time favorite – so, you’re the one who does this!
Why the yarnbomb? Seeing a yarnbomb instantly gives you a happy, cozy and comforting vibe. Yarnbombs are warm and fuzzy street art that are made with lots of love. The bright colors and bold stripes on boring parking meters, bike racks and light poles brighten up the city and make people smile.
What’s your favorite creation? I have so many but it will be pretty hard to ever top Blue Yarnbombs for the Kids. I worked with Lucas County Children Services on an installation at their downtown office building on Adams Street. We turned the whole block blue! People from all over the world sent blue yarnbombs to Toledo to raise awareness for child abuse prevention. The yarnbombs came from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and from as far as New Zealand! Participation from the locals for this was over the top! The Toledo area has some pretty crafty knitters and crocheters! Every shade of blue you could think of covered the trees, the parking meters, light posts and street signs for about a month. It was magical! It got people talking and it drew awareness to message we were trying to deliver.
How can we support your efforts? The best way is to simply support the Toledo arts. We have some really incredible, unique, hard driven, talented artists and makers in our community. Be proud of Toledo! Support your city, support your local artists, support a positive Toledo! Art makes cities better!