Jay Buttler, The kiss, Copper and Ceramic, 2016
HandiWERK! pairs professional craftspeople with local drag queens, who will inspire the works of craft and then animate them through performance. Both queer and craft histories are rife with tales of resourcefulness, a do-it-yourself spirit, and the necessity of ‘making do’. This spirit is evidenced clearly in the local drag scene; performers are cobbling together their garments and props as best they can, and this exhibition seeks to elevate their aesthetics while providing an exciting opportunity to queer craftspeople to bring their creations to life in a dynamic collaboration. Animated GIFs of the performers will punctuate the collection, showing the craft works ‘in action’. Both Bryan and Vinhas identify as queer and are immersed in the local drag and craft spheres; Bryan is also a drag performer.