Artist and Educator, Freddelanka
Preferred Pronouns: He / They
What does Pride mean to you?
It’s a complicated thing with a lot of positives and negatives. But when I think of the positives I think of Pride in being a part of a community. Pride in supporting that community.
Are there any LGBTQ artists/designers that you’re currently a fan of?
There are so many, but at the moment I'd say Broobs (@Broobs.PSD on instagram). They are putting a lot of effort into support for workers’ unions during this epidemic, and I find that the way they express their compassion very inspiring.
What is The Outside Project, and what do you do in your capacity for them?
The Outside Project is the UK’s first LGBTQIA+ shelter and community centre, and we have been around for 3 years. I joined about 2 years ago. I volunteer as an art director and help out with organising the community centre. I also run my youth group (Queer Youth Art Collective) for queer kids who have an interest in the arts. Because so many of my teachers in art school (as is true with so many schools) were white cis het tutors who thought that they understood queerness, I attempt to work through this with these groups. Queer artists deserve better.
What’s the next big trend happening in design that you’d like to see?
I would say something that I believe designers, artists and everybody should be better at is talking about social issues or political causes [productively]. As good as it is to highlight problems, do your research to make sure you find the people that are working towards a solution.
What is your motto (or words you live by)?
Don’t be scared to admit mistakes, just remember to learn from them.