As a feminist and an artist, I think it is super important to give artists some spotlight in a world that might not focus on them otherwise. Also, there are so many artists out in the world trying to make a difference with their art. I decided to start a series of artist features, of which this is the first. Meet Christina Michelle.
Name: Christina Michelle
Website: www.girlontour.storenvy.com www.etsy.com/shop/girlontour
Where are you from? Orlando, Fl
What/who inspires you? I think my anxiety pushes me more than I realize. I have been anxious and a perfectionist from a young age. I can’t sit still and have to have a full to do list. I create small goals for myself and when they are reached I’m never happy. Never reflect on a job well done. I just focus on what needs to happen next. My friends inspire me by creating their own art whether it be in music, their shops, or in other ways. I’m also motivated by pain and spite because I want to be better than the people who have hurt me!
Give us a backstory on when you started being a creator. When did you start creating?
Ever since I was young. My mom is very creative so she sparked my interest in crafting, way back to my Spice Girls scrapbook that I made in elementary school.
One fun fact about you: I used to dance for like 12 years so occasionally I get the dancing bug and want to make up choreography.
What inspires you about other creators? I love seeing people happy. My life is centered around my band and touring so it’s very hard finding a job that understands that. I was so stressed out trying to make employers happy and helping them reach their own goals all while feeling completely drained and used. I was very unhappy and emotionally unstable in August, before heading out on an amazing tour that was important to me. When I was on the road, I started to think about how I had my own talents and shouldn’t be wasting it on greedy people who were taking advantage of me- people I didn’t even matter to. When I got home, I went to an event that my friends, Natalia (Shop Destruya) and Ariel (Half-Baked Goods), participated in. I was venting about my concerns in life and they both encouraged me to open a store and to not give up. They both run their own successful businesses and it is always inspiring to see. Plus everything they create is amazing.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not? I do! The world is not fair or safe for us. We get harassed regularly, treated unfairly, and abused every which way. Society makes us feel ashamed, like we deserve it, like we can do no right, and there are consequences for speaking out. Enough of that. It’s important that marginalized people have their own voices and become successful, while we demand a level playing field. There needs to be more visibility in music, on fests, as artists, in the media, as shop owners, and so on. Voices should be elevated, not silenced. It’s important to nurture each other’s inner need to express everything inside, in all the different ways we see fit for ourselves.