Category: crafts

Interview: Jason

Today we’re joined by Jason. Jason is a fantastic artist who loves to knit. They run a small business selling their knitted creations, which is all LGBTQIA+ themed. Their work is absolutely gorgeous, brimming with color and demonstrating an amazing craftsmanship. It’s clear they love what they do, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a
knitter! I was taught as a child
but seeing as I’m ADHD
it didn’t go to well. I began knitting again after I had wrist surgery as a
form of gentle rehab and fell in love with it all over again! I now knit
several hours a day and am working on my first sock, but I prefer making small
soft toys and such. I also run a small business selling my pride flag related
knitting!

What inspires you?

Every time I get a message from someone saying, “I never
knew I had a flag!” or “I’ve never seen my flag mentioned or sold!” it makes my
day. The ace flags was one of the first I added on and I still get happy
messages when people find it. Also, after my surgery I was so scared about what
it would mean about the usability of my hand, so I keep knitting to make sure
it stayed working.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I took part in a project to raise money and awareness for
the LGBTGIA+ community in Australia around the time my country held a vote on
legalizing same sex marriage. I began knitting rainbow flags and selling them
to raise money for charity. Looking back now, they were awful, but people loved
them! I began expanding; got new yarn, got a website and now I have a popular
Instagram account, a growing business and 130 sales under my belt! Due to
chronic illness I can’t work, so this business has become my main source of
income. I’ve always wanted to create things as long as I can remember but I
never thought I’d get this far

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t but this has me thinking I should create one!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Whatever you do, enjoy it. Even if the other style looking
better, gets more likes, or whatever, the important thing is that you truly
enjoy your art. My first creations were hideous. I wish I was kidding but they
were truly awful. However, I was having a blast! The fact I was having so much
fun with it lead me to continue. Also, likes are great and it fine to be sad if
you get less than usual (I freely admit that I do!)/that you hoped, but the
amount has no bearing on your skill. 

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Plain, 100% asexual. I’m still not convinced sexual
attraction is real 😉

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

People seem to think that the fact I stock the ace flag is
the most horrifying, soul destroying heinous crime that exists. Before I was
able to source the yarn for the lesbian flag, I was regularly the recipient of
slurs because “ugh you don’t have the lesbian flag but you have the ace and non-binary
flags and those aren’t even real!!!!!!!”. As a non-binary ace that wasn’t the
nicest thing to experience. I did my best to explain to people why I had the
flags I did and if they wouldn’t listen, I’d disengage completely. When I was
really sad, id post photos of my ace and aro products in my Facebook groups and
they’d hype me u and remind me that good people exist. Knitting is my happy
place and gives me independence so I do my best to only share it with those
that respect it and me. 

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Either the pure innocent child myth (completely false, my
aroace friend and I are filthy minded) or that all aces/aspecs hate sex

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I know that feeling. I know the pain. You are NOT alone. You
have a whole community behind you and if you figure out that this isn’t your
community, we’ll send you on your journey with a smile and a hug. Give yourself
time and be kind to yourself.  

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

Website/store- www.proudknitting.info

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/proud_knitting/
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/proudknitting/
Etsy- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ProudKnitting

Thank you, Jason, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Melissa

Today we’re joined by Melissa, who also goes by Wolfish Arts online. Melissa is a phenomenal artist who does cross stitch. She creates beautiful works using needlework. She’s currently working on a large project and updates can be seen on her Facebook page and Tumblr. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist who loves what she does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I do cross stitching, which is a type of needlework. I
started stitching in September 2017 or so.

What inspires you?

My friends to be honest. Most of my friends are very artistic
and talented, and seeing all the hard work they put into their art makes me
want to do better with mine as well.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Cross stitching is something I’ve always been fascinated by.
When I was really little, I saw someone cross stitching and thought it looked
interesting and wanted to try it myself. My family was super poor though, so it
never happened. I finally picked it up last year after talking to my grandma
about it.

I’ve always been surrounded by artists. My grandmother does
pastels on sandpaper, and she always encouraged my desire for art. I’ve been a
writer since I learned how to write – I wrote my first book in 1st
grade and haven’t stopped since. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I’ve always
wanted to do something to bring my characters to life. Unfortunately my drawing
skills are terrible. So I suppose the long answer is yes.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I actually don’t. Cross stitching is such an interesting
craft. I don’t know if it would be compatible with such a thing.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep trying and practicing. If you find you’re not good at
one kind of art or craft, then don’t be afraid to try another kind. I was so
set as a kid on writing and drawing as the only art forms available, I never
bothered trying anything else. Cross stitching never even crossed my mind as a
possibility until my grandmother mentioned the needlework that HER mother did
when she was a girl. If you find something or see something that sounds even
remotely interesting, don’t be afraid to try it. You never know what you’ll be
good at or passionate about until you try.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual and Aromantic

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have, yes. Unfortunately some members of my family have
shown some ignorance towards it. My father doesn’t understand it and thinks its
just a phase or something, and my brother thinks I shouldn’t label myself and
we should all just be ourselves. I don’t know how the rest of them see it since
they never really give a reaction. I have friends as well who, while they
accept it, they tend to ask a lot of very personal questions about it.

For my family, I try educating them on it when I can, or I
just ignore it. My father doesn’t understand and doesn’t want to understand.
He’s too dead set on convincing me to give him grandchildren. (Note: Its not
happening Dad.) I love my family, but my family is more than a little
disjointed and I’ve learned to pick my battles with them.

As for my friends, I know they come from a good place. They
want to understand at least, and they accept me for who I am and don’t try to
change it. The questions do get personal very quick. I’m sure anyone on the ace
spectrum already knows what I’m talking about.

I don’t tell strangers about my orientation to avoid issues
so for the most part the only ones who do know have been accepting or just
don’t acknowledge it.

For the most part, if it’s someone I know showing prejudice
or ignorance I either try to educate them or just ignore it.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Oooh boy. That’s a tricky question. The most common one I’ve
encountered is usually related to actual sex itself. Can we climax, or do we
even have sex ever? I usually try to answer for my own experiences then throw
in a “not every ace is the same” sorta thing.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Find someone who supports you. My best friend is also on the
spectrum and she’s the one who first brought it to my attention. Without her,
it would have taken me a lot longer to discover the ace spectrum. Knowing that
I can talk to her about my concerns and questions and whatnot relating to
asexuality helps me feel better about myself because I know at least she’ll
accept me no matter what. And she understands. Finding someone that understands
you or at least supports you and is willing to listen when you need it is
amazing.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I’m on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/wolfisharts/

And Tumblr: https://wolfish-arts.tumblr.com/

Feel free to follow me on either one or both of them. I’m
always happy to answer questions or help out!

Thank you, Melissa, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Alex

Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderful artist who is a bit of a jack of all trades. He does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. He also does crafts and enjoys knitting and crochet, particularly long scarves. When he’s not doing crafts or visual art, Alex also makes music and can play the ukulele. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist who enjoys what he does. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I use my art to create things I think the world is missing,
whether it’s music, or extra-large scarves, or just a painting.  My art is my outlet, it’s diverse and
powerful (even when it’s just for me) and it enables me to express myself.

What inspires you?

The ability to create, to bring something into this world
that causes emotion.  When I knit or
crochet I am, more often than not, creating a gift to give to someone
else.  When I play my ukulele I hope that
someone listening can feel the emotions of the music.  I am inspired by the ability to make
something that was once missing from the world.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I had a friend in elementary school who inspired me to
create comics.  They were just stick
figures, but I had so much fun coming up with jokes and stories, that even when
I stopped creating comics I continued to draw.

At the same time, my family has always been very musical and
so, when my nana let me play her ukulele I decided I wanted have one too.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Ah, no haha, I’m too inconsistent to do something that clever.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

At times it may seem tough, but art is an outlet, it doesn’t
matter if you think it’s good if you enjoy it.
What matters is if you feel good while creating whatever it is you are
making.  Improvement will come with
practice, for now, just enjoy the ride.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual and do not use the split attraction
model (SAM).

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’m rather isolated, and I do not bring up my asexuality
unless it is with people I trust, so as of current, I have not experienced any
prejudice from my fellow artists.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That asexual means you don’t like sex.  Which is false, different people have
different views on sex and just because I experience so sexual attraction does
not mean that I have no libido or interest.
But like I said, it’s different for everyone.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

If you decide one that that you are not ace, that’s OK.  If you live your whole life never subscribing
to a label, that’s OK.  What matters is
your comfort and that others respect you.
I thought I was a lesbian when I was younger because if I didn’t like
guys I must have to like girls then right? But I allowed myself space to grow
and now I know I am trans and asexual.
There is always room to grow and explore, so don’t feel stuck with one
label.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

My music is available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLHiHayKl58aLduLbGJShFw
And my art can be found here: Lukassskywalker.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art
And I have some things posted on RedBubble :D: https://www.redbubble.com/people/slothguard?asc=u.

Thank you, Alex, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Embo

Today we’re joined by Embo. Embo is a phenomenal artist who specializes in cross stitch. She has recently cross stitched a number of Pride badges, which are absolutely beautiful. Embo also does some embroidery and she has recently started dabbling in drawing as well. It’s clear she’s a driven and passionate artist who loves to create, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I mostly
cross stitch, sometimes embroider, and occasionally draw. Cross stitching is my
main art though. I favour working on smaller pieces, and recently I’ve spent
most of my time making small Pride pieces.

As for
drawing, I’ve taken up doodling fan art of Mass
Effect
with the intention of writing fan fic in the future.

What inspires you?

I follow
many talented people on Tumblr, and seeing their work inspires me greatly! If I
see someone has created a wonderful piece of art, I find it spurs me into
action and I will immediately start trying to create something of my own.
Drawing is more accessible for me, but I can’t resist taking on new cross
stitch projects, to the detriment of older forgotten WIPs!

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Admittedly
my reasons for getting interested into cross stitch aren’t very inspiring. I
kept seeing subversive cross stitch popping up online and thought it was really
funny and wanted to get into that. As soon as I started though, I realised that
cross stitch is an amazing craft, really fun, and especially good for stress
relief! And to this day, I’ve only produced one piece of subversive cross
stitch haha.

I started
as a fan artist when I was younger, but found that no matter how hard I tried,
I was never satisfied with my drawings. Cross stitch, however, has always been
really satisfying.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

To be
honest, not really. I still haven’t gotten into the habit of signing my cross
stitch pieces, which is something I really ought to get into doing. I used to
sign my drawings, but I dropped the habit some years ago when I stopped being
happy with what I was making.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t get
bogged down in getting lots of Likes on social media. Be proud of what you’re
making, and don’t stress about what other people think.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Somewhere
between ace and demisexual. Possibly panromantic and demiromantic too, but I’m
still figuring that part out.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

The worst
I’ve encountered was coming out to a family member and being told that I just
hadn’t met the right person yet. This was frustrating, as talking about my
asexuality has always been hard in the first place, and I felt like I was being
shut down. In response, I just never brought it up with them again. Nowadays I
rarely come out, unless it’s necessary for the situation. This… is not a great
way to be. I shouldn’t have to feel the need to hide this aspect of myself, but
the fear of prejudice tends to take me over a lot. I’ve also had to quit
visiting some “LGBT-friendly” websites outright, because the audience was
completely acephobic. I realised that I just wasn’t welcome there, which was a
shame because I otherwise enjoyed the site. I… was angry and sad for days
afterwards. It’s not an easy thing to process.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we’re
all a bunch of prudes. Or that we’re just trying to make ourselves out to be
special for something that isn’t even a thing. I also worry that, because I’m
in a relationship, people think I’m not ace anymore which… is not how that
works at all.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Don’t be
afraid to embrace yourself! Labels can be greatly helpful, but use them
carefully- don’t cling to them completely. You’re 100% valid in who are, and
don’t let anyone take that from you. And don’t worry if you find your labels
change over time. Mine did, and I had nobody to talk to about it at the time,
but don’t worry if that happens to you, it does not make you any less valid!

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I post
cross stitch and embroidery at http://stickyfigs.tumblr.com/ and doodlings at https://potatopotholeakastickyfigs.tumblr.com/.

Thank you, Embo, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Jennifer Lee Rossman

Today we’re joined by Jennifer Lee Rossman. Jennifer is a phenomenal author who also does cross stitch. For writing, Jennifer writes science fiction and fantasy. She has written stories for various anthologies and just recently released her debut novella entitled Anachronism, published through Kristell Ink. When she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys cross stitching and comes up with her own patterns. It’s clear she’s a passionate and dedicated artist who loves what she does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a sci-fi and fantasy writer. I’ve had stories in several
anthologies and my debut novella, Anachronism,
was published this year by Kristell Ink, an imprint of Grimbold Books.

I write weird little stories that make people happy (or at
least cry while smiling) and hopefully make them see the world from another
angle. Violence and swearing levels vary from story to story, but there’s never
anything too gory and swearing is usually limited. Sex is a part of life for a
lot of people, so while it might be mentioned as part of the story, I will
never show anything more than a kiss on the page. (I don’t write anything I
wouldn’t want my grandmother reading.)

My goal is for my words to be a safe space no matter your
gender, orientation, ability, race, or body type.

I also cross stitch. I make all of my own patterns, mostly
dinosaurs and nerd stuff.

What inspires you?

Weird science facts and song lyrics, mostly.

What got you interested
in your field?  Have you always wanted to
be an artist?

I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon, but only got
serious about it when I realized my disability was going to make having a
traditional job impossible.

Cross stitch was a natural path for me to take: I love
crocheting, but my muscular dystrophy makes that much movement difficult, so I
needed something smaller and more fiddly. I grew up making Pokémon sprites on
the computer, and it turns out cross stitch is really just analog pixel art!

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

For crafts, bright colors and animals that are cute while
still being scientifically accurate.

In my stories…I guess queer people and Jurassic Park
references show up a lot.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

You know that weird idea you have? The really silly thing
you want to make, but it’ll probably suck and no one but you will like it? Do
it. Give it permission to suck, let it be just for you. Chances are it’ll be
amazing, and your fellow weirdos will find you and you can be weird together.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Not entirely asexual, but pretty close. I experience romantic
attraction, but sexual attraction is kind of an abstract concept to me. It’s
there sometimes, not very often and not very strong, and sex sounds interesting
in theory, but most of the times it’s just not something I even think about.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Ignorance more than prejudice. When you’re writing about
aliens and robots, it’s easy to fall into the “this character is just as
human as the humans because they feel attraction” trap. I usually try to
point out the errors in my reviews.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That all disabled people are asexual. My disability has
nothing to do with my asexuality, and there are plenty of disabled people who
experience sexual attraction.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

You’re not broken just because you’re different. Find some
ace people on the Internet – we’re super friendly and our pride flag is
beautiful!

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I have a blog https://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com/
and I’m on the Twitter https://twitter.com/JenLRossman
Links to all of my books (including my debut novella Anachronism) and stories can be found here: http://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com/p/my-work.html

I don’t sell my cross stitch because each piece is usually
custom made for myself or someone I know, but I’m always happy to take on a new
project.

Thank you, Jennifer, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Isis E. Prosser

Today we’re joined by Isis E. Prosser. Isis is a phenomenal writer and jewelry maker who I met at Indy PopCon. I was blown away by the gorgeous jewelry she made and then she told me about the web novel she was working on entitled Lamenting City (chapters are posted on her main blog: https://lairofthestormdragon.com/). Not only does it sound positively fascinating, but it’s an ownvoices work. The main character of the series is an ace lesbian named Axel and there are also two minor asexual characters. I highly recommend checking it out. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate author, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a writer and a jewelry maker. When it comes to my
writing, I tend to focus on humour and emotions, lots of humour and emotions.
Sometimes I write purely humourous stories and sometimes I write purely
emotional (whether angsty or uplifting) stories. Longer stories tend to swing
between both extremes and I like to think the more I write, the better I become
at blending the two together. I write a mix of fanfiction and original stuff,
and I’m also not the greatest at updating either in a timely fashion (sorry!),
but I am trying and getting better at that.

My jewelry is something I also do with my mom (she’s my
teacher!) and currently I’m focusing on Pride jewelry and fandom jewelry
(currently, Harry Potter-inspired
pieces with some My Little Pony:
Friendship is Magic
-inspired pieces coming…. eventually). I’m very new to
this craft.

In the future I’d like to make video games, too. I’ve
written scenarios/concepts and dabbled a little in RPG Maker over the years,
but haven’t yet finished a thing. Maybe one day soon I’ll have something to
show. In the meantime it’s likely the characters of those ideas will be
introduced in short stories or novels.

I’m very passionate about storytelling in general.

What inspires you?

Many, many things! From real life experiences to other
fiction, and to the beauty of the natural world and that of architecture, as
well as mythology (Egyptian mythology is my fave). I’ve also been inspired by vivid
dreams I’ve had. And my inspirations tend to shine through in my work, whether
original or fanfiction. For example, my current web novel project, Lamenting City, was initially inspired
by a dream I had that came about when I was marathoning every Zoids anime with a friend. The dream
introduced me to Axel and offered a tantalizing glimpse of her world, and
afterwards I knew I had to write it. And often times I’ll have scenes or entire
stories inspired by music I listen to.

When it comes to jewelry, I tend to find inspiration looking
at gemstones or browsing jewelry supply shops. Sometimes I also get inspiration
from media, hence the Harry Potter bracelets.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve wanted to be writer for as long as I can remember. I’m
not entirely sure where it started, but I know it did start in some form with
kid me’s obsession with Beatrix Potter’s stories and later stuff like OT Star Wars and Disney’s Gargoyles. I would also read a lot and
then read some more, and the more I read, the more I wanted to write.

As time went on, I also noticed more and more that there
weren’t a lot of characters like me in fiction. There weren’t a lot of diverse
characters and author voices in general. So, a lot of my writing is me creating
the stories and characters I wanted to see, and to give myself a voice.

With jewelry, I played around with plastic beads as a child
but then the hobby faded for many years. Earlier this year I got interested in
it again after looking at pride jewelry and deciding I could make the types of
bracelets I wanted… and then a lightbulb turned on and I realized that, hey, if
I wanted jewelry like this, other LGBTQIANP+ folks might want it, too. And then
my love for fandom made me start slowly getting into making fandom jewelry as
well.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Well, looking at my writing as of 2015, dream and nightmare sequences seem to be a pretty
big thing. They appeared in my (currently unposted) Metroid fic that I wrote
for my first NaNoWriMo (2015), appeared again in my Camp NaNoWriMo project, a Legend of Spyro fanfic (I haven’t yet
posted the chapter with the first dream sequence however), and then they’ve
appeared in every NaNo project since…

I find dream and nightmare sequences really fun to write.
They’re a good way to explore the character’s mind without having to worry
about realism or even my own canon.

In general, I like to use dreams/nightmares to introduce
concepts and foreshadowing in ways that (hopefully) aren’t immediately obvious.

With my jewelry, it’s a bit hard to say since it’s all so
new to me. But I like to add a touch of whimsy to everything I create!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

To not be discouraged, and to get your art out there. It can
be very daunting, yeah, I’ve been there (and in many ways still am), but your
voice is needed. Perhaps some people won’t get your story, but for the people
who do, it could mean the world.

Understand that you have room to grow, but to also be you.
Improve and become the best you.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Homoromantic/demiromantic asexual. Also sex-repulsed.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

More times than I’d like to count, especially offline. I try
to clarify things for people who simply don’t know, but find it’s easier on my
mental health to avoid actually prejudiced people who are unlikely to change
their mind. Sometimes both of those things are easier said than done.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The most common seem to be “Asexuals are incapable of love
in any form” and “Asexuals can’t have sex/be sex positive”. Trying to correct
either misconception isn’t usually a fun time for me, especially the latter
(where being a sex-repulsed ace with no intention of having sex gets thrown
back in my face as if it’s some kind of gotcha).

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

That you’re not broken, and that you’re ace enough.  You’re loveable and amazing as you are, and
there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

My main home of operation is on my website/blog: https://lairofthestormdragon.com/

There I post short stories, chapters of Lamenting City, and blog posts where I yell about video games and
music.

And while there’s not as much content as I’d like (I’m
working on it!), you can find my newer fanfiction on AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/users/MetroidReploid/profile

I will be updating my Legend
of Spyro
fic (well, the first one) soon and will be adding a Metroid fic and a Star Wars fic at some point this year. I like many fandoms!

And you can check out my jewelry here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StormDragonsWares

More designs coming soon!

Thank you, Isis, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

calypsolemon: I am VERY excited to announce th…

calypsolemon:

I am VERY excited to announce the ~grand opening~ of my online store, Lemonade Ocean!

And to kick things off, I’ve put these super colorful, super queer lego pins up on preorder! 25mm, gold-plated, soft enamel pins with a resin coating, these pins have 3 different pride flag color variants (gay, bi, and ace), with more pride colors on the way!

Pre-orders are going til April 21st

Hi! I just opened a small shop, Please support…

Hi! I just opened a small shop, Please support me and in doing so i can be the best me. I sell Bath Products and Candles. I also offer Sample bundles and a Surprise Bundle. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonDustCreations1

autismus-obscurus: As promised, here’s the pa…

autismus-obscurus:

As promised, here’s the paracord brACElet I made yesterday. This is a ton of fun, so expect more.

Interview: Murkrowzy

Today we’re joined by Murkrowzy. Murkrowzy is a wonderful visual artist with a unique style. She does both cartoon-style with realistic proportions. Her work is fascinating, with a remarkable amount of detail. It’s clear she’s a talented and dedicated artist. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Uhm, well,
I wouldn’t know how to describe my art well! Alright, let’s see … I’d say
it’s a mix of a few different styles of cartoons. I took inspiration from shows
like Ed, Edd’n Eddy, Danny Phantom & some comics like Scott Pilgrim. It’s mostly “I’m
gonna draw this & not care about how it looks” & then seeing where
it goes. It’s mainly cartoony with some realistic proportions I guess.

I also
make costumes & other little accessories sometimes! I work mainly in
traditional art, sometimes digital.

What inspires you?

Other people’s
art! Animation! Seeing other artists do the thing! Seeing creativity! Movies!
Music! Really, just experiencing stuff other artists put out is what inspires
me. Whimsy, never before imagined stuff!

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I was
drawing since I could remember. I don’t remember any specific movie or
franchise or whatever that made me think “Shit, I wanna draw like that
someday”. Maybe it was Disney or anime? I’ll say yes. I’m also autistic; I
guess this was one of the many ways I would fidget creatively with. I just
always had a pencil & paper in my hand during school. I never stopped
drawing & that meant my grades suffered for it! No regrets. (Don’t be like
me, alright?)

Have I
always wanted to be an artist? Friend, all of us are artists. We take lines
& force them into recognizable shapes. We are gods! Rulers of the pencil!
Ancient deities of craft & world making! Without our god powers, our world
would not be as bright as it is! Bow down to our unbelievable powe-… okay,
I’ll stop.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol,
or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I used to
have a symbol, but it fell away into some deep space void. Now I don’t have a
special symbol. I just use text & put in ways to find me.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

(Can we
curse here? I’m gonna do it.)

There will
*ALWAYS* people out there who are going to think your art is absolute fucking
garbage, that it’s the worst thing they ever saw. Those people will compare it
to artists who had more time & experience, & then turn to you &
tell you to stop drawing because “it looks like shit”. If you want to
get better & for those comments to stop, you *have* to keep going. You will
hit blocks, you will run into haters & you will run into people who will
reject your art because “it’s not good enough”. That’s reality. You
know what is also reality? Not giving up. You got 13 hateful comments? People
are saying your art is shit? Here’s how to handle those comments; take them
& use them to your advantage by not listening to those people & KEEP
MAKING ART. I don’t care if it’s macaroni & cheese latte hearts at
Starbucks. Your art will always improve & get better if you keep at it.

The
reality is this: you will not understand anatomy, perspective & color
theory in 5 minutes. Talent & skill isn’t something that is served onto a
plate where you just eat it up & suddenly you get better. It’s years,
YEARS, of hard work, trial & error to understand the art of art.

Here’s one
more thing: try not comparing yourself to other artists. I find that’s very
draining on one’s self-esteem, & that bottle is quite difficult to fill
back up. You should: admire their art, use the “I WANNA BE THAT GOOD holy
fuCK” feeling to propel yourself forward to get better in art.

So just
fucking make ART! Don’t stop! Only stop for food along the way! & sleep.
& maybe a shower.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Gray ace!
Gray aromantic as well. I pretty sure it’s fluid because it changes a lot.
Somedays I’m like “hey, that person is really cute!” & other days
it’s “you’re so goddamn aesthetically pleasing to my eye holy shit”.
Many days it’s “CAN WE HANG OUT. PLZ”. It’s never been “omg
hotness I wanna bang you”. I just don’t see how people are like that! How
the hell are people attracted to genitalia anyways…

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance
in your field?  If so, how do you handle
it?

Many
times. Sometimes, it’s best to ignore it. Although I believe it’s best to talk
things out & educate people. I have a friend who thinks sex is the ultimate
expression of love. Being ace, I disagreed & we discussed it. He didn’t
understand how it was possible to be asexual & still date someone. I told
him what I knew: sometimes people just want to cuddle & not have sex. Some people
enjoy the act of sex while not being attracted to the person.

I love to
explain it to people like this: Do you see a flower? Do you think it’s pretty?
Do you want to fuck the flower?

To many people,
they would answer: yes, yes, no. I then draw parallels to asexuality: we see a
person, we think they’re pretty (aesthetically) & we don’t want to sex the
person.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that
you’ve encountered?

“ACE PEOPLE
CAN’T/DON’T WANT SEX. ACE PEOPLE CAN’T/DON’T WANT LOVE.” That’s pure
fucking bullshit & me & my ace friends will gladly give a fuck about
that. I don’t blame a closed mindset; some people literally cannot fathom
asexuality & what it’s like! It’s at that point in time we throw some
education in their direction & try to get them to understand.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out
there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Ace people
don’t give any fucks, that’s what I say! You aren’t broken, you don’t need
fixing. Accepting yourself is hard as bricks … you can break through that
wall. You will hear people who will say “Maybe you’ll find somebody. Maybe
you’ll change your mind”. I once found those words troubling; I stopped
once I gave them my own meaning. I realized that even though I am ace, I can
still love someone! I can still have sex, have feelings & do the things. I
just don’t experience them as often, nor do I want to.

Maybe I
will find somebody who will love me for who I am. Maybe my mind will change;
after all, sexuality is fluid. Like fluid, it changes. I’m going to be hitting
my 30s soon & I haven’t had my first kiss or first sex. I don’t care if it
never happens.

Don’t
worry about “not being normal”. Your sexuality is your normal. Hug
it, take it out to dinner. Don’t give any fucks. That’s one thing ace people
are really good at.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Please
send all the lovelies to:

Twitter: Murkrowzy
Tumblr: GlassesCatMurk/MetroCatStudios (for art!)
YouTube: SurvivorMurk

*PTERODACTYL
SCREECH*

Thank you, Murkrowzy, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.