3 07 2010

I haven’t forgotten this blog, my life has been in a protracted state of upheaval.  Stay tuned for more queer crafts.

One Tiny Thing (OTT) Swap, LGBTQ Edition

12 06 2010

One Tiny LGBTQ Thing Swap is open for sign-ups on until 25 June. It’s a quick and easy swap, and a chance to find more queer crafters…join in!

rainbow at the prom

18 04 2010

It doesn’t sound like this young lady was going for the queer pride look intentionally, but nevertheless she made an awesome dress of her own design, with pride-rainbow tulle accents for her senior formal/prom, which I thought y’all would like to envy or emulate if you have a queer formal/prom in your community!

See more images, including her planning sketches, here on Craftster.

Etsy Queer Street Team

30 03 2010

You know, a search of queer team on Etsy gives you nearly 800 search results! That’s fantastic that there are so many items available made by queer crafters.  Check out their work!

Marriage Equality Quilt

11 02 2010

Wow, these queercrafters have been busy, and with purpose! If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can see the quilt on display in San Francisco this month and in Oakland in April-May. The final day of production/crafting was yesterday (I’m so sad that I didn’t hear about it until today!).

 THE LOVING QUILT: A People’s Living History of Marriage Equality and Family Justice Movements
(created in 2007 as the Marriage Equality Movement Story Quilt)

Curated by Maya Scott-Chung. (510) 381-0876

Date: FRIDAY FEB. 12, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM PRESS CONFERENCE on WINTER OF LOVE Exhibit, Marriage Counter Demonstrations AND National Freedom to Marry Day
EXHIBIT: SF City Hall, Van Ness Lobby FEB. 12-25, 2010
Address: 1 Dr. Carl B. Goodlett Place, City Hall


“Queerious” ATC Swap

28 12 2009

New organized swap on the ATCs for All forum  —

“Queerious: A Celebration of Diversity”
If you enjoy making artist trading cards (ATCs) and want to swap a few on a queer-friendly theme, go check out this swap!
It’s filling up rapidly! But if you can’t join, still keep an eye on the thread through March 2010 to view impressive small-scale artwork of 30 queer- and queer-friendly artists.

And if you’re new to the world of ATCs, go take a look at this useful thread on Craftster for what it’s all about and how-tos.

Update: I finished my cards and sent them in…

 In honor of Le Tigre…   teeheehee, my Village People 

 click to see the card the other way around, along with an explanation

 click to see some of the gendered combinations on this folding card.

“queer fabric”

26 12 2009
Originally uploaded by woodtranscription


   Queercraft stats showed that people were searching for “queer fabric”, so I went searching too.

Aside from solid rainbow prints, the only things I could find were prints of muscular, idealized men, such as Alexander Henry’s “wrangler” design.

My first thought was, “Why is something automatically ‘gay’ because it has men on it? We don’t see something with sexy women all over it and label it ‘lesbian’.” And that is exactly it—imagery of women, idealized and objectified, is a staple of the dominant hetero culture. Because women are seen as sexual objects in the traditional paradigm, there is a notion that W4Ws can contentedly reap the benefits of the sexualized visual culture without drawing much attention to ourselves. This assumes, though, that we visually lust over the same women as men, and in the same way. To present a woman in a sexually objectified image who doesn’t fit the mold of mainstream beauty/attractiveness is a queer act, I would argue. 

Imagery of men, sexually objectified, is queer because the tables are turned on who is being objectified—regardless of the audience. I’m sure this is a core tenet of someone in queer theory, but it’s been so long since I’ve read any queer theorists that my memory fails me. 

So bringing it back to craftiness, look at that great pillowcase DiAnne Wood made with previously mentioned Alexander Henry fabric and her daughter’s pride flag! 

gavagai on used a scrap of gay-construction-man fabric for this tote

And for those who are looking for the hunky-gay-men fabrics, the ones I found are made by Alexander Henry Fabrics and Timeless Treasures Fabrics, though neither company had these fabrics on their own sites. The most complete selection I’ve found of male pin-up print fabrics are here:

Have you made any projects with this fabric? We’d love to see!