Welcome to Free Spirit Friday, a weekly segment where I interview a different artist until I run out of people to interview. If you would like to be featured on Free Spirit Friday, send me an email at jess.ripley89@gmail.com.

This week I’ve interviewed Aliesha Glidden, a talented crochet artist. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Aliesha since childhood, and I have to say her crochet work is magnificent. You can find her on Facebook or email her to commission a specific project.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am a stay at home mom to an amazing little two and a half year old boy, Xander. He is my first child, so when he was a baby, I basically never put him down. I needed something to keep my hands busy while he was sleeping or eating so I decided to try and teach myself crochet.

I watched YouTube videos and learned the different stitches. Then I just jumped right in and learned how to read patterns. I have learned a lot in the last two years and have loved trying new projects and stitches. I’m always up for a challenge.

What draws you to crocheting?

I love how calming it is. It’s also great because it’s something I don’t have to put 100% of my focus into. It’s also really easy to set down and pick back up again. Which is very important when you are constantly chasing after a toddler all day as well!

What has been your favorite experience as a crocheter?

I really just love seeing peoples’ faces when they pick up an order. It’s great to watch their faces light up when they see their order for the first time. It makes it all worth it.

What is your dream? 

My dream would be to be able to continue working from home and be able to support myself and my son doing the things that I love. I hope to expand into other creative adventures in the future!

Who or what has influenced you most?

My son. Just being able to show him that if you work hard, you can turn the things you love into more than just a hobby.

What are your favorite things to create?

I love doing nerdy things. Anything Doctor Who, video games, Harry Potter, etc.

What kind of community-driven projects would you like to be part of?

I have actually been a part of several charity/fundraising events. I love donating things to a good cause!

What would you like to see happen in the Rochester art scene? 

I love what has been happening lately. A lot of local businesses are opening their doors to showcase local artists. I find it inspiring and I hope the community feeling grows!



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