Interview: Ash

Today we’re joined by Ash. Ash is a wonderful young baker who has a passion for food. They enjoy cooking, though they don’t do it as much as they’d like. They have such a love and passion for food, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I bake food, generally for my friends. I bake something different each week, generally something sweet, and take them in (if my family don’t get there first!!)

What inspires you?

Finding new things and trying new foods! They give me ideas of what to bake and what flavors work together, for example recently I discovered a recipe for white chocolate and basil mouse, which I was sure wouldn’t work but as intrigued to try it. (it works really well by the way)

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I used to bake with my mum when I was younger which is what got me started on baking. I wanted to be a chocolatier when I was young, however baking is now a hobby and I will probably go into a maths related field rather than art.

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?

My signature dishes are my vegan brownies and my chocolate orange cupcakes – the recipes are very well guarded!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Sometimes stuff goes wrong. Cakes collapse, you add too much baking powder, you burn them. So what? Make it again. You’re first attempt at something shouldn’t be your last. Keep trying, if you’re having fun it’s worth spending time over.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m panromantic asexual

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’ve not experienced any prejudice, as I am at school with some very tolerant accepting people, however there is a lot of ignorance. So many people don’t understand what it is and I’ve had to explain many times what asexual means.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That I just haven’t found the right person yet, and because I’m young that I’ll grow out of it.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Follow some ace positive blogs; this really helped me to accept that I wasn’t alone, that I was valid and not broken. Know that it’s also ok to change your labels!! I used to think I was bi, then pan, before I realized I was ace. I may find later down the line that I’m demi or something else entirely, and that’s 100% OK!! Let yourself explore and don’t be afraid of being wrong its part of growing within yourself.

Some asexual blogs:

thehumorousace
fuckyeahaseual
goandlivelife
aspecpplarebeautiful
cake-for-ace
aceofbays
hetacesarevalid
aroaceblogging

(these are just a few I know of! There are many more out there)

Thank you, Ash, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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