“My maternal grandmother brought the practice back to our family in her later years and many of us have picked up the traditional craft since her passing in 2008,” Becca tells them. An enrolled member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Becca recently returned to beadwork as a way to create more representation for LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit indigenous peoples. “As a minority within a minority, visibility is a major issue. I wanted to create space for queerness within a traditional cultural practice so that other queer and Two Spirit native peoples have a visual reminder that queerness not only has a place in our communities but was traditionally embraced and celebrated before these harmful binaries were introduced.”
Engaging with hundreds of other queer people since the launch of QKD, Becca finds fulfillment in hearing how their jewelry has impacted the lives of others. “I channel strength and good intentions into each and every piece I create because every creation is a radical act defying harmful colonial ideals.”
From scissors scissoring earrings to customizable pronoun collar chains, Lex and Voula’s 5-star Etsy store is filled with imaginative jewelry that embraces a playful approach to queer accessories. Made-to-order, Wild Fancy Design is committed to sustainability, using recycled and repurposed material in most of their artwork and packaging in an attempt to be as zero waste as possible.
“We launched Wild Fancy Design to create offerings that support self expression, embodiment, and empowerment for queer, trans, nonbinary, and gender fabulous creatures,” the co-founders tell them. “Our initial inspiration was to make jewelry that could act as an alternative hanky code, creating opportunities for our community to ‘flag’ or represent their identities and interests via unique handcrafted accessories. It feels really exciting and inspiring to know that our pieces will go out into the world and brighten people’s days, facilitate connections and conversations, help queers get dates and share their pronouns, and serve as protective talismans to channel some QT magic.”
Wild Fancy Design aims to help defy gender norms and express your true self, especially through their custom pieces. From crafting a unique piece for a not-out-at-work librarian to fulfilling an order from a grandma supporting their newly out trans grandkid’s pronouns, Lex and Voula’s jewelry designs help support and reaffirm people’s identities and experimentation as they find themselves.
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