Living for my days off so I can tackle this mess of a desk.
Have way to many projects and way to many great ideas for even more. Gotta figure out a better way to organize things… any suggestions would be awesome. I prefer analog to digital, apps and websites don’t really work for me.
But it is getting a tiny bit overwhelming.
Today we’re joined by Matthew J-B. Matthew is a wonderful artist who specializes in crafts. He does quite a bit of crafting, a little bit of everything in fact. He does crochet, sewing, yarn spinning as well as things like paper craft and duct tape craft. He even does some cooking. Matthew is an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I craft. I make
everything that I know how to make. I
crochet, spin yarn, sew, sculpt, paper craft, duct tape craft, rainbow loom,
paint, make bath products and cook.
What inspires you?
Mostly what makes me happy inspires me. I create thing for friends, family (including
my critters) and sometimes just for myself.
My best friend is also a very good and positive muse. They inspire me to create things to make
people happy. I am also inspired by my
spirituality and my devotion to my path.
I have a close connection to Hephaestus, god of artisans.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I grew up surrounded by all sorts of crafting materials. My mother has always had crochet projects and
my grandmother before her is a leader in her retirement communities crafting
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 do work with a lot of bird and animal imagery in my paper
crafts since my parrots are such a huge part of my life. But as far as universal signatures in my
work, not so much.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Just keep making. You
will find a medium you click with and maybe that is the one you love but
sometimes you will love the look of painting but be predisposed to being better
at crochet. Nowhere is it written you
can’t do both! You can diversify and
work on both what you are good at and what you love. You have enough creativity to do it all!
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify as a panromantic and probably asexual at this
stage in my life but I am still exploring labels right now. (I am also a somewhat fluid trans man which
makes things just a little more complicated)
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have encountered a little since most of my crochet,
spinning and scrapbooking is taught and expected of cis, straight women. The expectation is to be creating for kids or
a partner… whereas I have neither and don’t really want either. But as far as outright prejudice, I have been
lucky and most I come into contact with are understanding.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it is one or the other. Most people I have mentioned it
to expect someone who is asexual to be entirely non-sexual, this simply isn’t
the case. I do have a sex drive… I just
don’t want to do anything about it with anyone.
I have also encountered the concept that because I am not
interested in a sexual partner I must have been sexually assaulted. I am lucky that I have not been, and even if
I had, that knowledge is not for public consumption.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Explore on your own terms.
You don’t have to pick terms right away, you don’t have to ever pick
labels if you don’t want to. It is your
life and your identity. It is entirely
up to you how much if anything you explain to others.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
Prompt: Loosely based off of ‘Love is a Mix Tape’ by Rob Sheffield which I read forever ago and vaguely remember.
Author’s Note: Fun fact, I picked this book long before Lin went on that rant about making mix tapes on Twitter. Do I know that boy, or do I know that boy? This prompt made me sad but the deadline made me push through! Thank you time constraint for forcing me to write angst!
Warnings: Character death due to disease. Cursing. Mild spoilers for thes book.
Start with a hype track, something to get the juices flowing and the hearts bumping.
Eminem was the way to go - he knew your guilty pleasures well. The fact that you hadn’t stumbled across an Eminem track since early high school was not lost on him. Nostalgia was on his side. He added Lose Yourself to the playlist, knowing you could recite it from memory after all these years.
Even more hype. This is the build up, keep building! This is the pregame to the Superbowl and you were the starting quarterback.
Beyonce had to make a guest appearance, what was a mix tape without her on it? Nothing. Run the World it was.