Danielle Herrera

Danielle Herrera

Fabrics artist

December 19, 2012


Danielle Herrera makes art out of everyday objects. Newspaper clippings, zippers, denim, jewels, and sometimes less likely materials like dryer lint or ashes (by request only) can all be found in her work. Danielle has made a name for herself in the Toledo arts scene, displaying her portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Audrey Hepburn. Danielle is always busy creating, but she took some time to answer a few questions for us.


Tell us more about some of your past projects?
I recently worked on a piece for my sister. It was of my father, who passed away in 1984. I did it out of his Army uniform.

What current projects are you working on?
Custom pieces for Christmas. The most common custom piece that people ask for are children portraits. One time, I was asked to incorporate the ashes of a loved one into a piece. At the time, I was a bit put off, but the more I think about it, the more I find it fascinating.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
I get to participate in a lot of art shows around this area, and mix and mingle with fellow art lovers. I also get buyers that are on their way to the Detroit airport who buy my pieces.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
Over the past 6 months or so, I've been invited to show in galleries and spaces in Chicago and New York, and selling out in both venues!

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
The feeling I get when I see people's reaction to my art. I made a piece for someone who's son passed away a few years back. Her reaction to opening it was recorded, and I was able to watch. She cried, and so did I.

Tell us about your background.
Toledo born and raised, I took my portfolio to an art school and was told I was no good. So I gave up until a few years ago--I finally got over that rejection and started creating again. I was in Scrap-4-Art (a little store full of scrap supplies), when a woman gave me boxes full of just the zipper part of jeans. I thought the zippers were beautiful. So I cut them up and made some trees with them, started piecing the denim like a puzzle, and the rest is history!

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
"Stay humble."

Favorite place for local culture?
The Toledo Museum of Art.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .
Artomatic 419! It takes place every other spring for three weekends in a row, and is a non-juried arts, crafts and performance show for local and regional artists. This will be my second Artomatic 419! experience, and I'm so excited to see the other art that will be there and meet new people. I'll be showing what I've been up to with experimenting fabrics.

My favorite place to chill locally is . . .
My basement.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .
I love any lake, river or pond--I don't feel at home unless I can see one from my back window.

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

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people what would it be?
I'd like to see more art shows like Artomatic 419! and more art murals like the Toledo Loves Love wall.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you ;)

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

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

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .
Unexpected , thrifty and weird.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.
David Gray- White Ladder
Cocteau Twins- Heaven or Las Vegas
Zedd- Spectrum
Fatboy Slim- The Greatest hits,
Daft Punk- any Album

My biggest vice is . . .

What’s the last dream you recall having?
A hummingbird building a nest in my window.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .
"Sail away with me honey…" David Gray

One movie character I identify with is . . .
Alice in Wonderland.

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

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .
Selling my first piece. The first piece I sold was to my husbands college professor. It was of a zipper tree, and to date she has bought a few others. Repeat offenders are the best!

I want my last meal to be _______________.
Tacos from San Marcos and an ice cold bottle of Coke.


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