Gia Forsyth aka Hooked Hands is an avid fiber artist specializing in pop culture dolls and the street art known as yarnbombing. She began crocheting in 2008 to make gifts for friends, and began selling her wares in 2010. She loves new ideas, and making critters you wouldn’t expect to see crocheted – merging a centuries old craft form with new designs.
I love following you on Instagram to see your works. What’s the secret to being so prolific?
Oh my goodness. It is a lot, isn’t it? I really crochet every chance I get. On my lunch break at my day job. While watching copious amounts of HBO. In the car on long road trips. I love it though. I think if you love it, you just want to do it all the time. Perhaps obsessively so.
What new doll are you working on right now?
Right now, I have an order for a customer in Hong Kong. He commissioned a [Yoshitomo] Nara-inspired doll. I love turning art and sculpture into dolls.
Has Kanye bought one of your Yeezy bears yet? (If not, how can we get one into his hands?!)
No! I know someone put a picture of my doll with a baby wearing a Kanye shirt in some kind of fan art book that Kim Kardashian was given. So, I like to think maybe he flipped through it and saw it. I’m always down for some secret agent doll-giving.
Can we expect more awesome yarnbombs from you?
Yes! I’m hoping to really push the yarnbombing this year. There’s a lot going on in the world right now. As a fiber street artist, I’m going to use my craft, and spread the love and hopefully make people smile and think and remind them that you there are just so many ways to have a voice.
It was so cool to bump into you at the Jamie XX concert (in 2015). Attending any concerts/shows in the near future?
Yeah, wasn’t that amazing? Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the world, but you can still run into just about anyone even in a giant venue. As for shows, the only tickets I’ve bought for 2017 are tickets to Hamilton in San Francisco. It’s not until June, but I’m already kind of dying with anticipation.