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!
My drawings range from bubbly pop culture characters, genderqueer characters, band logos for rock star children with autism, patches I sell with my Yarnies, prints, post cards, and flyers for my community based art projects! I love bringing my drawings from my imagination to life and sharing them with the world.
I create self-published comics and zines with the intention to create more inclusive comics and expand representation of LGBTQ+ experiences in comics. I include magical Queer characters who aren't often reflected in comics to celebrate the multiple identities Queer folx hold. I love to see how Queer comics have become and I'm so excited to be apart of the Queering movement of comics.
Some of my self-published titles include, "Pizza Face," Dweebie Dude issue 1 & 2," "Endless Bummer,"and " Aqueerum coloring book."
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 included, “Radical Quilters,” “Craftivism workshop,” “Radical Crafters” and “Autobiographical zine workshops” with high schoolers, “Plushie workshops” with all ages and genders, “Pride Quilts” and “Crafternoons “with LGBTQ+ elders!
I engage in fiber crafting informed by Queer theory to continue to mine the potential of materials and techniques to shatter dominant notions of gender and to reclaim and reimagine gender as performative. These materials invoke a campy aesthetic that brings to mind the many Queer fiber artists I find inspirational. I use crafts as political fuel to emancipate myself and my viewers from a heteronormative society and to challenge categorizations of gender and sexuality via exhibitions. With my crafting tools such as embroidery floss or needles in hand, I intentionally remake and rewrite the dominant narrative stitched throughout our culture.