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June 30, 2016

Strang7Fruit started with a pair of recycled spoon earrings that i purchased at a street fair in Cleveland. They were mustard yellow, and i wore them all the time. Buying those made me realize that anything could be an earring.

As I was hanging out at a craft store with one of my best friends, he was shopping for painting supplies, and i said “i wish i could make my own earrings” and just like that it began. we walked through the aisles picking out random things that i had never saw anyone make into an earring. I owe S7F to Van Laster. Thank you.

It was important to me to create things that spoke to who I was as a queer woman of color. And sense i walk with a perpetual sense of unforgivable blackness. S7F became the perfect metaphor. Based off Billie Holiday’s song about brutal treatment of American-Africans I deemed it extremely important to honor that brutality not with shying away from those images but hanging them from the ears in the same fashion of lynching. Our history is drench...

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