Trans/Queer (they/them) quilt pattern designer based in Grand Rapids, MI
The Candyman...But Way Worse
This true crime story is my own, and I hope you enjoy...or more, are as unsettled by it as I am. For the context of the story I am AFAB non-binary and use they/them pronouns, this takes place when I was in 7th grade (2010), before I was out.
Songs From My Queer Life That Speak To Me
Dancing Queen - ABBA "Dancing queen, only seventeen" ABBA is a key band to include on any LGBT playlist. While their lyrics may not exactly describe queer experiences, they have always been icons. This is partly contributed to their out of the box, 'campy' style. The use of the term "Queen" in the song can also easily be interpreted as the queer term originally used to refer to a flamboyant, effeminate gay man.
Creating for Community
I came out as Trans/Non-Binary when I was 20, far after I had given up my dream of becoming a professional artist. In high school, I was made to believe by counselors and family that I would never be able to make it as a true "artist." However, my perception of what an artist was involved oil paints, a canvas, and million dollar paintings being auctioned at Christie's. Now, at 23, I have discovered the falsehood of everything I grew up believing about the art community. I have discovered quilting and the joy that it brings me. Since then I have seen incredible designers, quilters, and ship owners crafting beautiful creations, successfully monetizing what they love, and having fun doing it.