Today we’re joined by Clara. Clara is a fantastic artist from Sweden who specializes in crafts. She mostly crochets although she also paints shoes, quite a few pairs. She’s incredibly versatile when it comes to crocheting and crochets a bit of everything. Her work is adorable and rather lovely. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Currently I crochet a lot. I make all kinds of things, like bags, dolls, animals, yarnbombs and accessories. Lately I’ve been so inspired I’m doing everything at the same time, haha! I also love to paint on shoes, but I don’t do it very often anymore since it’s always dark outside (Swedish winters suck) and I only paint in daylight. But when I did, I painted mostly my favorite bands’ albums, and luckily got quite a few pairs signed. I’ve also painted Star Wars, Harry Potter and Supernatural shoes. I’m sure I’ve painted over 40 pairs.
What inspires you?
A lot of things! For crocheting I’m very inspired by some people I’ve recently met at a yarnbombing festival. I’m also inspired by Instagrammers, especially mint.bunny’s dolls, they have such expressive faces I can’t believe it. As for my painting I gotta admit I saw a pair of painted shoes here on Tumblr and was like “I can do that!” And then I did, for a long time!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
A friend of mine showed me how to crochet 5 – 6 years ago and I’ve been hooked (haha) ever since. I guess I’ve always been kinda good at drawing too, I’ve loved doing it since I was little. But I’ve never really thought about being an artist until now. And now it’s all I want so I’m gonna apply for an art school next year.
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?
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re way better than you think you are. And your art is valid! Whatever it is that you make, it counts as art! Up until a few weeks ago I laughed at people who called my crocheting art because I thought “real” art was paintings and sculptures. Then I met an art student who does pretty much the same things as me and that opened up my eyes. So keep creating your Art!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a demiromantic ace.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Nothing bad really. Just people who didn’t know about asexuality before who say basic stuff like “that’s not natural, it’s just a phase”. I don’t really care at all, I know they’re wrong so why even bother.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The thing where everyone instantly thinks you’re sexually repulsed and you’ll NEVER do it. Maybe that’s not always the case.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s really hard sometimes to keep believing you’re ace. I don’t know how many times I’ve doubted myself. But if it feels right, you’re probably somewhere on the spectrum. What helped me figure things out was writing a lot about how I feel (about relationships & stuff) and reading up on asexuality.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Clara, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.