Today we’re joined by Jennifer M.K.. Jennifer is a fantastic, incredibly versatile artist who does a bit of everything. She’s an aspiring writer who has written both fiction and nonfiction. Aside from writing, Jennifer is also musically inclined and enjoys singing. She also weaves potholders and creates virtual pottery. Jennifer is an incredibly dedicated artist who loves to create and it shows in her beautiful work, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m an aspiring writer who also sings, weaves potholders, and creates virtual pottery on the Let’s Create! Pottery app. As far as writing goes, I’ve dabbled in poetry, short stories, and I accidentally started a fantasy novel last month (a one-shot hit a growth spurt). For school, I’ve mainly written literary analyses, sociological essays, and other nonfiction pieces.
What inspires you?
I’m not actually sure about writing. I always want it to be perfect on the first draft, so I usually lose sight of whatever inspired me in the first place. Using prompts, doing writing exercising, taking a break, and reading fanfiction all can help me climb out of the perfectionism rut.
For singing, just listening to other musicians can easily inspire me to improvise a cover, even if I’m just doing things around my room or something. Singing just feels so wonderful when I don’t put pressure on myself to perform.
When it comes to potholders and virtual pottery, I usually look to my surroundings, or I make the piece with a specific person or theme in mind.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I actually hated reading and writing when I first started school! I didn’t catch the bookworm until the spine of Ron Roy’s The Invisible Island caught my eye from a library shelf when I was eight. By the time I finished his A to Z Mysteries series, of which Island is a part, I was hooked. As I read more, my writing improved, and by the time I was eleven or twelve, I knew I wanted to explore writing more. I’m finally taking the plunge and declaring a writing major.
I’ve just loved music and singing for longer than I can remember. Both of my grandfathers were musically talented, so it might be in my DNA.
I started the potholders because I was stressed out and nostalgic. It’s something for my hands to do when I need to concentrate on a simple distraction.
I actually found out about the pottery app when I was working with summer preschoolers. It just seemed so fun and relaxing.
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 don’t know yet. I’m only beginning to explore and expand my creative pursuits.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
You will always doubt your own work, but everyone is too busy freaking out about their own to notice the flaws in yours. We’re all in the same boat, so we might as well sit back and try to have some fun on the ride, even when the hull springs a leak (or fifty). Yes, that advice is much easier said than done, and that’s OK too. We have life vests and duct tape.
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’m still super new to the field, so I haven’t yet. If I do, I hope to remind myself that asexuality is valid, and I know I could reach out to asexual people and safe spaces.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
It’s a tie between the idea that asexuality “isn’t possible,” and that it’s synonymous with celibacy. Honorable mentions: asexual humans are not capable of sex, or we just need “to find the right person.”
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Pretty much the same advice I have for aspiring artists: questioning your own is normal, and you are not the only one going through the struggle right now. This boat, too, caries many a passenger at any given time. Some stay for a short trip, others seem to become part of the woodwork. However long you ride, you might as well take the time to explore and chat with the rest of the crew.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Jennifer, for participating in this interview and in this project. It’s very much appreciated.