Amy Duvendack

Amy Duvendack

Knitter, Dyer, Instigator

April 14, 2017


Bad Amy Knits


What current projects are you working on?

I’ve officially outgrown my at-home dyeing studio and will be moving into a commercial space in the next month if all goes according to plan. While I adore working from home, it will be a refreshing change.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

For creative work in general, our region is a bit of a secret pocket of folks that appreciate creative endeavors, but are quite deft at calling out nonsense. The area often overlooked by trend-seekers which allows makers and creators to move in their own direction without pressure to follow the latest hot new thing.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

I work for myself! That is the ultimate success.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

Digging through the stacks of design books at TLCPL, pop culture, and silly conversations with friends.

Tell us about your background.

My undergrad path included Columbus College of Art and Design and Glasgow School of Art (Scotland), with completion of my BFA (printmaking and ceramics) at University of Toledo. After undergrad I worked at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit and as an Exhibition Coordinator at Toledo Museum of Art. I began working for myself in 2001 as a studio potter and selling my work at small galleries and art fairs. After learning to knit a few years later my work moved into fiber arts and dyeing. Knitting, dyeing, and spinning yarns has been my focus since.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

Ask forgiveness, not permission. Also, don’t be a d*ck.

Favorite place for local culture?

Downtown and the Old West End Festival

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .


My favorite place to chill locally is . . .

Rocky’s Bar or my front porch.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

Oak Openings Metropark!

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found. . .

Knitting. Duh.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

Increased outreach to those outside of the established creative circles. I meet so many people that have no idea there is SO many creative things going on in Toledo.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Jean Tinguely. Just think of the crazy sculptural knitting contraptions that could be built!

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

I can’t live without - an online community of knitters and crocheters with a vast data base of yarns and patterns.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Not for everyone.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

No Help Coming by Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell
Black Candy by Beat Happening
Reader’s Digest box set of Pop Organ Varieties
Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

My biggest vice is . . .

I’m a potty mouth.

I would like to see __________ in Toledo.

Well designed, logical, and functional public transit.

What’s the last dream you recall having?

I installed an ice machine on my patio. It didn’t make sense to me either, but it made great ice pellets.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“it takes a sweet little bullet from a pretty blue gun to put those scarlet ribbons in your hair” (Tom Waits)

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Gromit (of Wallace & Gromit)

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

A pair of limited edition Gingher scissors from Lance.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .


I want my last meal to be _______________.

A thick slice of garlic toast with Marmite and big mug of proper hot chocolate. Or a giant platter of salad niçoise.


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