Kristian P Crewe Biography
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 P Crewe
Kristian has historically worked with découpage, 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 découpage decorative wall switch plates as well as other items. Kristian P Crewe
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.