The clothespin artist who delighted and confounded Omahans still won’t reveal who they are.

“I enjoy the anonymity,” they said.

But the artist, who we’ll refer to as a gender-neutral they, did pull back the curtain a bit in a recent telephone conversation, sharing that they liked the recent publicity about the clothespin drawings and didn’t mind that people gobbled them up.

The guerrilla artist posted dozens of pieces of art — each depicting a clothespin, each with the initials “T.M.,” each dated and numbered, each nailed to a power pole — all over town.

After an article about the drawings ran in The World-Herald, the artist estimates that only about 3% of them were left unclaimed.

“They belong to no one. I firmly believe that,” they said. “Once they are out, they can be taken.”

The project was winding down anyhow, they said. Plus, the drawings would have disintegrated even more in another Nebraska winter. Once taken, and hopefully hung inside, they’ll stick around a lot longer.

Most people hadn’t even noticed the drawings until the article appeared.

About 150 had been hanging on power poles since November, mostly in midtown Omaha and a few as far as Lincoln and Kansas City. There would have been more, but someone broke into their truck and stole about 45.

Now that, they minded.

“That set me back,” they said.

About 50 were wood-block prints and the rest were one-of-a-kind. They chose clothespins to honor their grandmother and mother, who spent thousands of hours putting clothes on the line to dry.

Wood power poles in midtown made them easy to hang. It was a way of claiming some public space, too.

“I didn’t want to flirt too much with graffiti or vandalism,” they said. “It’s like a community bulletin board right there.”

Contrary to speculation, they weren’t hanging them in middle-of-the-night forays. Daytime worked just fine, and no one seemed to notice. A few fellow artists did hear about the project from friends who spotted the clothespins and speculated that they might be involved.

Artists do crazy things, they said, and the whole project was about their emergence as an artist.

“Not that long ago, I gave myself permission to go full-on artist and say that in the light of day,” they said. “I came full out. I’m an artist. That has really opened up some opportunities. But if I call myself an artist, I better act like one.”

For those who didn’t spot a drawing this time around, take heart: The artist does a lot of three-dimensional work and said objects in that genre will be the next project put out there for the public to talk about. There just won’t be as many this time around.

If you find a drawing you like, they won’t mind if it grabs your fancy. Just no hoarding, please.

They’re enjoying the whole storyline, after all, especially that they pulled all of it off without anyone discovering their identity.

“I was pretty thrilled,” they said. “I thought that was the definition of a coup.”