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 drenched in gore. Its imperative that it is never forgotten.
So what is the significance of the number 7? Well… while i was searching for domain names, I saw that strangefruit dot com was available for purchase, but a squatter got to it before i did and wanted to charge $2500 for it. so i chose my favorite number “7” to sit between strange and fruit because it reminded me of the hangman game. Even though the name reads “strange7fruit” the seven is silent to honor all of those who transitioned from this earth in silence with the truth of their pain barely told.
You still with me? ok. great! Thank you for stopping by, to peep the collection. The earrings & accessories, as you will see, are extremely unique, and are for everybody.