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Last year I was contacted by a freelance writer and asked if I, along with my peers from the Queer Crafter Collective, would be interested in being interviewed for a Curve Magazine article about queer crafts and crafting. I thought it would be great exposure for our group, and for queer crafters in general, so we compiled answers to the interview questions and sent them on their merry way. Here we are, about a year later, and the article is finally published! There are a few errors - they called my shop "Oh Honey" and also said that the QUEER cuff made by my cohort Mandy from Molten Arts was my creation - but otherwise it was a pretty solid article about the state of queer crafting.
As I grow and flex in the microindustry of indie craft, I do have to say that I don't share the same sentiments as my peers (and the journalist behind this piece) about housewife crafters, per se. I think it does a grave disservice to the entire concept of a woman's right to choose, and it also negates the reality that many women who are also mothers and wives choose this business because it's lucrative and fulfilling. I think, though, that with the incredible dominance of heterosexuality in the craft scene, it can render folks like myself invisible. And even in some cases, novelties.
There are opinions on either side, in front of and behind, the concept of visibility in a microindustry like indie craft. Some would suggest it doesn't matter, others would suggest it plays a HUGE part in the decision-making process of getting involved in the first place. It is simply easier for [married] heterosexual people to be involved in entrepreneurial and independent businesses; most queers don't have the luxury of having access to our partner's health insurance, for example. More often that not, heterosexuals are the face of the workforce and heterosexuality is often used in the imagery to define its most lucrative genres (ie. weddings). This article serves as a testament to the fact that despite the challenges, there is a pretty spectacular group of creative folks trying to climb out of obscurity and into the rainbowy, glittery limelight.