Yarnies are playful non-binary characters I create for the enjoyment of being immersed in my own magical imaginative world and to celebrate the diversity in the queer community. These characters range from genderqueer pop culture inspired characters to magical unicornies who come in the form of plush toys, zines, buttons, and key-chains!
Community-Based Art Therapy
I believe in creating collective community-based art making groups and workshops as a form of social activism for participants to discover community supports, develop strong social connections, and use art to heal oneself and community. I have facilitated these groups at LGBTQ+ assisted living facilities, memory care units, queer youth camps, queer youth therapy groups, middle schools, high schools, and art centers. Some past groups I have developed have been called Radical Quilters and Autobiographical zine work shops with high schoolers, Plushie making with all ages and genders, Pride Quilts and Crafternoons with LGBTQ+ elders, and Radical Crafters.
Queering Art Therapy Installation
This interactive fiber installation invited visitors to engage with the silencing of Queer folx in American schools. Through the softness of the quilted pieces, plushies, and embroideries visitors were invited to uncover Queer voices. Visitors were welcomed to sit at the institutionalized white school desk, open the top to uncover a Queer-Quilt, and wrap themselves in the fabric to evoke a sense of compassion, care, and empathy for the many Queer folx who are silenced/erased/killed by heteronormative schools. In the pockets of the Queer-Quilt visitors found a “Queer art therapy zine” with a list of Queer resources for art therapist. Visitors were also invited to engage with the American flag to uncover both sides of America. On one side, the erasure of the LGBTQIA community from the fabric of America is made explicit and on the other side there is a pleading for intersectional Queer advocacy and inclusion in America.