Hey everyone! If, like me, you are currently trying to wrestle your way through one of the worst travel days in the USA, I wish you the very best of luck. If you are not, congratulations, and I hope your day is wonderful, and not full of overcrowded train cars and smashed toes.
- A 72-year-old grandfather, Liu Xianping, is modeling for his grandaughter’s online clothing boutique for women, and the Internet is falling for him. I confess, I’m kind of falling for him too. Here’s what he says in the article:
Why unacceptable (for someone like me to wear women’s clothes ? Modeling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. We were very happy on the day of the shooting. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy[.]
- Saint Harridan is a new clothing company that wants to make beautiful suits and accessories for people whose bodies aren’t typically associate with suits*. They describe themselves as “challeng[ing] culturally conventional gender roles through innovative, stylish and empowering apparel and accessories.” Their blog and explanation of their choice of name are both worth reading. They are launching a Kickstarter in 2 days! And having a model contest right now. I am definitely getting on board with their Kickstarter and cannot wait to see what they do next.
- V magazine has released a few interesting shots of a gender-bent themed editorial photographed by Nick Knight …
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Today I’m bringing you an interview with Alex, the talent behind One Raven Knits here on Genderplayful. Alex makes hand-felted hats and uses needle felting to cover them in swirling, organic patterns.
I asked Alex a few questions about One Raven Knits and about coming to Genderplayful:
Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to Genderplayful?
I live on the Massachusetts/ Connecticut border in the northeast United States with my wife and our dog. My passions are reading fantasy and science fiction novels, knitting, and watching British television. I’m a queer, atheist, introverted, geeky couch potato!
I heard about Genderplayful via tumblr early on when the project was being funded on Kickstarter. The mailing list kept me in the loop on Genderplayful’s progress, and when the site was up, I joined as a seller.
Why did you decide to go into business making hats? How did you learn to make them?
Making and selling hats is a hobby rather than a business for me. I hope this will change in the future.
I used to sell felted hats and other knit items on etsy, but I much prefer Genderplayful Marketplace’s philosophy.
I’m working on perfecting patterns for items other than hats. I want to craft inexpensive breast forms and packers for …