Collected Thread owner Lindsay Zodrow, The Girlie Show owner Erin Merryweather and a group of 10 local knitters have spent the past two months knitting socks and other artistic coverings for Plaza District street lamps, benches and flower beds. The group secretly installed their artwork at just past midnight on Wednesday.

“I think little actions like this can change an area,” Zodrow said. “When visiting other cities, I look for areas that are quirky and lively. Sure, we are just knitting huge socks for street posts, but I hope that in knitting these things, we are bringing a little more character to a great district.”

Zodrow said the public art installation is a way to give back to the Plaza District in celebration of her shop’s third anniversary this weekend.

“Our success has been built on a growing community of local entrepreneurs, artists and shoppers who are passionate about what’s happening here and are proud to be from Oklahoma,” she said. “The yarn art installation is a way to celebrate being part of this community that’s working together for the good of our city.”

Merryweather said the installation is an ongoing project that can be added to and she hopes that others will be inspired, ask questions, and maybe even add something to the installation themselves.

“The concept of the ‘yarn bombing’ underground phenomenon from around the world is awesome, and we needed some of that in a big way here,” Merryweather said. “We think bringing this concept to Oklahoma City in a large installation format will be well received in the community and will be a fun representation of textiles as art to the general public.”

ABOUT COLLECTED THREAD:
Collected Thread is a handmade boutique whose purpose is to encourage and help support local craft, design and art. More than 50 percent of our handmade items are made locally. Come by for handmade and hand-altered clothing, housewares, accessories, jewelry and baby items. Located at 1705A NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City, we’re open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11 am to 7 pm. For more information, please visit CollectedThread.com.

ABOUT COLLECTED THREAD’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
During the Plaza District’s monthly LIVE on the Plaza event on September 9, Collected Thread will give away free cupcakes from Cuppies and Joe. On Saturday, September 10, the shop will give away more cupcakes, coffee from Café Evoke, t-shirts designed by local artist Dusty Gilpin from Tree and Leaf, and totes designed by local artist Dylan Bradway from DNA Galleries. On both days, the shop will raffle off several gift baskets and donate 20% of every sale containing three or more items to the Plaza District Association.

CONTACT: Lindsay Zodrow, 405-795-3858