Pillow Princess is a project that explores the way identity is crafted, and relates my own experiences with forming identity to handmade craft work. This work was an installation that consisted of three quilts and five soft sculptures. With these pieces I created a space that functioned as my bedroom, inviting viewers into one of my most intimate and private spaces. Using color, form, and materiality I have used these pieces to represent the campy femininity that I grew up consuming. Forming relationships that function as a found family is an aspect of gay culture that is necessary for many members of the community. In this work, I have examined my own relationships and how coming into my identity as a dyke has been reliant on my friendships with lesbians and queer people. In this writing, I look at how queer media, found family, and specific lesbian identities have allowed me to find comfort as a lesbian despite living in a culture that is homophobic.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Soft sculpture--Themes, motives; Quilts--Themes, motives; Lesbianism in art; Sex toys--Pictorial works

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Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CAD)


Denton Crawford

Advisor/Committee Member

Christina Leung

Advisor/Committee Member

John Aasp


RIT – Main Campus

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