Kristian P Crewe

In 2009, Kristian P Crewe decided to explore a new medium, and began designing jewelry. Kristian works with gemstones as well as repurposed beads and vintage jewelry and other items to create repurposed,  wearable jewelry as well as mixed media.
Kristian has historically worked with d├ęcoupage, acrylic paints and colored pencils, creating some very uniquely designed switch plates, keepsake boxes and other mixed media items. In the past, he featured his work at events and shows in the Cape Ann and Gloucester area, including some sponsored by the Gloucester Artist Association, although he was not a member of the association. He has recently renewed his interest in acrylic mixed media painting, and plans on exploring other media as well. You can find work in our Western Avenue studio including mixed media acrylic and d├ęcoupage decorative wall switch plates as well as other items. 

Certified Artist

Kristian gained certification as an artist from the Artist Space Initiative and the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 2015. He has also been a member of the Western Avenue Artist Association, known as WASAA, since 2014.

Editing and Independent Publishing

Historically, from 1992 – 1996, Kristian owned an independent publishing company, which based out of Somerville, MA and later Gloucester MA, called Lock the Target / Textwerks, where he served as editor and publisher of a fiction, non-fiction, art and poetry zine called Backspace. Kristian published Backspace, Ivy and a literary directory distributed to LGBTQIA bookstores in the local area, the US and abroad. His poetry magazine and directory also appeared in library collections, also found on LGBTQIA historical websites. BackSpace also gained notoriety at the OutWrite conference in Boston in 1993 as being an up and coming zine. BackSpace was a zine which encouraged queer writers, both first timers and already published, to express their unique voice. His zine played a part in the growth of self-expression by queer writers and publishers of that time which made queer literature more mainstream than it had ever been before.
There are references to backspace scattered throughout the internet:
mention 1. Notice backspace here in the same sentence with other zines which were sometimes of an erotic nature… Although many of the alternative publications featured erotica, Backspace always took tasteful stories and nothing crude, and it was viewed as a serious literary contribution. See the review below.
A review here of one issue: review This review seems like a backhanded compliment because they thought the zine was too literary for a zine.  However, it was a zine because it was independent, published on a home computer, was not glossy, was not funded by advertising, and was entirely created by two people for the queer community.
University of Miami library (box 35 on this page) has some issues of Backspace: Library Holdings 1
Here is another mention of library collections which have Backspace at SUNY, Michigan State, and University of Southern California: Library Holdings 2
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives has copies of Backspace, mentioned here in their index of zine’s starting with the letter B: Library Holdings 3
Here is backspace on a Japanese website, although, we do not read Japanese, so I’m not sure what else is on this page: foreign mention 1
Although these are the only links so far found online, there may still be many copies of Backspace, as well as the directory in library collections, since many University libraries around the world requested copies.
Here is a video archive of OutWrite conference in Boston in 1993.  Although this particular clip does not mention Backspace specifically, it does refer to independent zines as being crucial to the process of making the queer movement less invisible.  The part which Kristian played contributed to the movement which in the mid nineties was giving voice to queer people who had previously been made to feel that they had no voice at all.

Konnor T Crewe

Konnor is a female to male transgender person in the North Boston area. He began the social transition in 2006 and hormonal transition in 2010.  Konnor experienced two simultaneous types of transitions in 2010, as he lost 50% of his body weight along with beginning hormonal transition. Konnor’s particular world view and mission has to do with promoting body acceptance.  Konnor also has an interest in the subject of invisible violence, elder trans rights and the human rights of transgender people in greater context of international human rights.

gallery Shows

Konnor & Kristian had a collaborative piece in the “This is What Trans Feels Like” gallery show at gallery 550 in Manchester, New Hampshire entitled, Invisible Violence. The show was sponsored by RAD-NH, and ACLU-NH. Konnor recently finished a couple of more mixed media pieces entitled “Revoked” and “Family Legacy” which pertain to transgender subjects of alienation.

Writing Projects

Konnor has short stories and articles in a few publications. The most recent is in a pin-up style female to male transgender lifestyle magazine called Trans Gentlemen’s Club. The article is a reprint from an earlier article which I wrote in Quora answering the question pertaining to Bottom surgery and size. The original question is here: What size does FTM bottom surgery usually appear as? Konnor has a story in an anthology, Love Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience, published in 2015. This article is on being in a trans/trans relationship and is called Transition Envy. Konnor was also published in 2014 in Polare Magazine a magazine out of New South Wales, Australia which reaches many people in the local transgender population and in the prison system. In addition, Konnor is a member of Lowell Writer’s group, and Scribophile. However, you might not find most of Konnor’s works on Scribophile which are under a pen name.

Textile Design

 Konnor works in a number of media within textiles including paper, cloth and yarn. His collaborative projects with Kristian have appeared in wearable art fashion shows, charity events and most recently in a gallery show.

Education and Experience

Konnor has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a specialization in English as a Second Language education. Konnor was a tutor in English as a Second Language and ABE, as well as having worked as a credit card membership retention specialist and a fraud analyst. Konnor has a broad background and work history in customer service, sales and public relations. Konnor has both paid as well as unpaid experience serving in a public relations capacity for both a fortune 500 corporation as well as non profits.
Crewe’s lived experience as a transgender man influences his artwork. Many of his pieces are inspired by pain he has experienced, or by his political views which he feels very passionately.
 

First Event

Konnor was the Workshop Coordinator of First Event conference from July 2012 to December 2014.  Konnor helped to grow the First Event conference, as well as expand programming for all three years that he participated.