These are the amazing things our community members are creating and sharing!
Zina Allen (she/they/Z) is a Corvallis artist and poet. Their art is an outlet and a way for them to create while living with disabilities. They are inspired by the concept of social symbiotic relationships and the idea that equity is possible. Their work joins layers and different ways of seeing things to represent the complexities they observe not just in their own life and the world around them. They work as an architect, designer and wellness and equity ambassador at the Disability Equity Center. Zina recently received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the National Rotarians for their multiple volunteer efforts.
My name is Dan Jarvis-Holland. I am an artist from Portland Oregon. I use he/him/his pronouns. I like to draw weird creatures that are monster-like. I love making art about anime, cartoons, superheroes, and sci-fi outer space.
Music is my first language. Art is community. Art is my life saver. When people see my art its an unbreakable moment. When I make my art I feel a key and I feel like an Avenger. I want people to see my powerful powers of art.
Cromika works with whatever materials she has on hand. She began crocheting when she was nine years old. Now, with twenty years of experience and her volunteer role at Mecca in Eugene, she now has access to more fun and frivolous embellishments. She likes the fun of the go-with-the-flow nature of having access to scrap yarns both from Mecca and Goodwill: “it’s a surprise grab-bag, you never know what you’re going to end up with”. The freedom of expression that comes from the chaotic choices available is part of the magic that makes these crochet creatures, garments and work of art distinctly Cromika.