Today we’re joined by Momo. Momo is a wonderful and incredibly creative craft artist. They specializes in flower crowns and adorable little fairies. They work in a variety of media and have a true passion. Momo is actually the 400th artist interviewed on Asexual Artists (YAY!) and is hoping to make some extra funds for textbooks. So please, check out their work at their Etsy store. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’ve always been creative, and thankfully I was born with parents that encouraged individuality and my mad experiments with mixed medias. One of my favorite things to do is knit, because it just makes sense in my brain and I can do it without thinking about it too much. I also crochet, do several types of embroidery, and use various medias to create pictures. I taught myself how to make flower crowns out of fake flowers and yarn, because why not? I’ve written poetry and prose for a long time now, but favour poetry. I’ve also been taught basic wheat weaving, which is a traditional art that involves plaiting strands of wheat together.
What inspires you?
Mostly I create because I can, but the oddest things will cause a spark in me. Sometimes I’ll see or hear or smell something that sets me off on a creative tangent. I have a lot of anxiety, and crafting helps me soothe myself and get out the negative emotions so that they won’t build up and eventually hurt me even more. This causes a dichotomy in my work that I think is unique. On one side I’ll have sunshine and daisies, and on the other is a graphic representation of how it feels to be part of several minorities in a globalized world that worships Normality.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve wanted to be an artist, most specifically a writer, since I was young. Sadly, my over-pragmatic brain has kept me from perusing it as a career. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome type III and I need to get a career where I can save up plenty of money for the medical care I’ll eventually need. Special-order braces, various levels of pain medication, and carpal tunnel surgery are inevitable.
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 sign my pictures with an MH, where the right side of the M goes down to form the left side of the H. It’s easier to explain than describe.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t ever try to blend in. You were made unique, and your worth is not lessened by the fact there’s so many other humans.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a Demiromantic Asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m still mostly closeted, and it’s never come up in conversation for me before.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
When I came out to my big brother, he thought I meant that I was genderless at first. To be fair, I started the conversation by asking how he’d known that he’s transgender. Other than that, people I’ve come out to are mostly confused about how I’m Asexual and make so many sexual innuendos. I know that one of my oldest friends still has a difficult time wrapping her head around the notion, even though she never says anything about it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Your orientation is something entirely unique to you, and only you really know how you experience it. This is both a blessing and a curse, as it can be difficult to find somebody with the same experiences. Believe in yourself, because even if you feel alone there are so many of us out there. We’re hidden under the eaves and marching in parades and living fulfilling lives.
You are not alone.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have an Etsy shop called RomoMomoMakes.
Thank you, Momo, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.