Etsy Team Game Day is here, and although the Oregon Ducks game is over (of course my Duckies won!) I still get to type to the dulcet tones of LSU and Florida (with 3 minutes to go in the 4th [post-script: and what a game that ended up being!])
I’ve recovered from the dreadful attack of stomach flu that robbed me of my Saturday last week, and made me fill in with just a stop-gap post on my Queer Etsy Street Team comrades. And now I greet this week’s remedial (?) Etsy Team Game Day Post day with renewed enthusiasm!
Today I’m extra-excited, because I get to feature the splendiferous Queer Etsian, Michelley Queen of Queens! Why do I love Michelley? Well, first off, how can you not give respect to someone who calls their Etsy shop an “arts and crafts chop shop [and] surreal smorgasbord of whimsical, fierce, fine art.”
And then she goes on to describe her art:
My art work marries childlike whimsy and feminist defiance as viewed through an absurdist lens. All of it….conceived, designed and handmade, by me, usually in a frenzied state of creative compulsion.
Those of you now reading who know me at all (and some of you have known me since high school [[I’m talking to you, David and Martha]]) will be laughing at this point. Whimsy, feminist defiance, absurdist lens, frenzied state of creative compulsion…. who are we talking about here?
Hysterical Bitch? Hellraiser? Obviously I’m going to appreciate this woman and her art.
Michelley is an award-winning artist who has been creating since childhood. As she tells us,
I was born an innately dramatic child, in the great state of NJ, in the late ’60s, to equally dramatic parents. My imagination has always been a juggernaut and I began compulsively creating art at a very early age. I was hugely influenced as a tot by fairy tales, psycho-sexual vampire movies made in Italy, the wonders of nature and Bugs Bunny in drag.
It is the Bugs Bunny influence that I find most inspiring. How many artists’ ouvres encompass the demented, homicidal bunny motif?
But beyond all this, I again pay homage to another Etsy Team Leader. I am grateful and humbled by those generous Boddhisattva-like individuals who devote their valuable time to making our teams run for the rest of us. Michelley runs the Queer Etsy Street Team blog, and manages the Queer Etsy Collective Shop, which gives all proceeds to a charity working on preventing suicide among gay youth.
I can’t close this post on Michelley Queen of Queens without mentioning her Day of the Dead Soaps. Day of the Dead is coming up, folks, and do you want to be caught dead without banana-cream scented skull soap?
Find Michelle Queen of Queens at these places:
on her webpage: http://michelle-cartaya.artistwebsites.com/index.html
on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QueenofQueensArt