Today we’re joined by Carrie. Carrie is a wonderfully enthusiastic and versatile artist. She’s a writer, fanartist, and a craft maker. Carrie makes some incredibly beautiful pride jewelry, which is available in her Etsy shop. The bracelets are particularly lovely. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’ve been an artist since I could hold a pencil, drawing mostly animals. These days I mostly draw fanart and my own characters. I also write, mostly fantasy, and I crochet and make Pride jewelry for my Etsy store.
What inspires you?
People. I’ve always been fascinated by people, how they think, why they do what they do. In all my work, I’m always interested in the human aspect, creating characters, writing out interactions. And of course, with my Pride jewelry, I want people to be able to express themselves. I don’t always see a lot of Pride stuff aside from a rainbow so I wanted to make things celebrating some of the other identities.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and drawing but the crafting has been a fairly recent development. I’ve always really loved jewelry and a friend of mine made her own and got me turned onto how easy it can be to make your own. It grew quickly from there and I now have an entire closet full of yarn and beads and jewelry supplies.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I really love stars and try to put stars on everything I can, but I don’t know that I’d call that particularly remarkable or noteworthy. :3
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never stop creating what you love. Never compare yourself to another artist because it can be crippling and we’re all on this journey at our own pace, walking our own paths. Not every piece has to be a masterpiece, either.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have actually been incredibly fortunate to have been surrounded by very understanding people. I’ve certainly encountered a lot of ignorance about what asexuality means, or that it even exists, but that was typically from society at large, and not so much directed at me personally.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we can’t have or enjoy sex. It was honestly the same misconception I had for a long time before I realized I was ace. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it because of the way society treats sex. So I’ve tried to be really patient with other people who think the same thing because it took me a long time to grasp that myself.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’re not broken. I was almost 30 before I realized that I was ace and all the years prior to that in different relationships, I thought sex was just something that you did. I thought people had always oversold it, it wasn’t that great, I could take it or leave it, and I’d always had this massive disconnect with it. I wasn’t present, I was never attracted to my partners that way, and I spent a lot of years wondering what was wrong with me. I really thought I was broken, but I finally realized there were other people like me and that I wasn’t broken. And neither are any of you.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
For my art and writing, you can find both on my Tumblr page: azuremosquito.tumblr.com
For my Pride crafts, you can find all on my Etsy store:
Thank you, Carrie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.