Today we’re joined by Haley. Haley is a phenomenal visual artist and crafter, who is also a seamstress. She absolutely loves to create, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a visual artist, and I draw mainly figures and portraits in ink and marker but also sometimes watercolor. Not only am I a visual artist I am a crafter and seamstress too. I like to create pieces that are trendy at the moment for much cheaper.
What inspires you?
The diversity in the world around me. Everyone is beautiful and different in their own way. Also the internet is a huge inspiration as well I love seeing everyone else’s creations.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I always thought it was amazing how people can just create anything from nothing. My aunt got me interested in sewing she taught me to sew when I was about eight years old.
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?
In my signature on my artwork, the H in my name is somewhat shaped like a star.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t give up on yourself. There will be artists who are better at what you do than you. You might look up to them or you might despise them because they’re younger than you and better than them. You need to remember there’s someone out there who feels that way about you.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am panromantic asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have had many people who ask me why don’t you make it sexier? Why don’t you make that dress shorter or the neckline deeper? You’ll get more followers if you design that character with bigger boobs and a bigger butt. I realize sex is all over in the media but that’s just not how I am. I tell them that I don’t want to and that it doesn’t fit my personality or just plain ignore it. Most often when someone is sending you hate or “suggestions” they just want attention.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The worst one I’ve encountered is that we are cold emotionless beings who love no one else, and that we have no feelings or passion.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I struggled with my sexuality for years… I thought I wasn’t gay enough or maybe I wasn’t actually asexual and I’m just pretending. I actually still struggle with my identity, and I probably will for a long time and that’s okay, take your time to figure it all out and don’t feel like you have to come out to anyone. Also, most importantly, don’t forget it’s okay to talk to someone about it all. I have a really close and amazing best friend who I talked to about my whole mess.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My art Tumblr, teaandsketchbooks is probably the best place to find it.
Thank you, Haley, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.