If you spend much time on Tacoma’s 6th Ave. you’ve probably seen her work. If you’re lucky you may have even seen her in the process of covering a bike rack with yarn. Often the yarn will be colored in themes that reflect nearby businesses. For a while, I had no idea who was doing it or why. Recently I got in touch with the self-described 6th Ave. Yarn Bomber and she agreed to participate in this week’s 5 Question Friday.
1. How did you start being the Sixth Avenue Yarn Bomber?
I started yarn bombing about a year and a half ago after not such stellar sales at Art on the Ave where I was selling my Original Growler Sweaters. I noticed that people we’re draw to the yarn the bright colors really attracted them. However many had no clue what a growler was. It was after that I decided to take it to the street. I had no idea how I was going to do it until I saw the bike racks. It just struck me, they would look awesome covered in yarn. So it began my yarn awareness.
2. Why 6th Ave?
Why sixth ave, because its my home. I have lived on 6th Ave (or just a block or two off) for the past 25 years. Also in my teenage years I went to Stadium and we regularly hung out on 6th ave. I just love this neighborhood and want to do my part to help make it as awesome as it can be. I recently had to move from my home of ten years on 6th and Fife but quickly found a new place just two blocks off sixth Ave. I feel very fortunate to have found a place so close to the Ave so I will be able to continue my bombings.
3. Where is the one place you’d like to yarn bomb that you haven’t?
I have one place on 6th Ave I have planned on bombing for over a year. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. But I will.
4. What can those who want to support your yarn bombing do to help?
I welcome any donations yarn or money. This year has been a real struggle. I am now single and fully supporting my self working a full time and part time job, I also sell hats and growler sweaters. I have a lot of bombs out there and plan more. They also need to be replaced on a regular basis and the costs add up. So I am extremely happy for any donations big or small, they all help keep it going. I have started a go fund me for anyone wishing to help out.
5. What’s next for the Sixth Ave Yarn Bomber?
Currently I am one of the artists featured in episode 4 of TV Tacoma ‘ s show “Art Town” (now airing) for the future, I am presently working on getting a project for kids together for Maritime fest coming up this summer, I also have plans for some new installations for Art on the Ave and am continuing to replace wore pieces. I also want to hit up some other Tacoma neighborhoods too.
The Sixth Ave. Yarn Bomber’s work can be seen all over 6th Ave. You can donate to her yarn bombing fund at this link: http://bit.ly/1OOxf1J I’d like to thank her for taking the time to join me on 5 Question Friday. If you or someone you know would like to participate in 5 Question Friday drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Jack Cameron