LGBTQ Creatives: Eli Steele (Textile Artist)

Welcome to the last series of Pride month! All this week, I will be sharing blog posts featuring different LGBTQ creatives in a range of disciplines. Check out all the LGBTQ Creatives worthy of support here!

Eli Steele is a nonbinary textile artist who creates a range of products that focuses mostly on the lesbian experience. Their art includes sapphic-inspired embroidery and crocheted pieces. They hope to continue making art as long as possible and to connect to other lesbians through their work. As a day job, Eli is a full-time childcare educator and works on art pieces in their downtime. So far, their success has been motivating and fulfilling as they now aim to create and expand their work to for more reliable financial support.

Eli has created a range of embroidery hoops with varied artistic styles. One of their favorite and first pieces is an embroidered hoop of a friend’s art which brought them a lot of pride in their craft. They also love a textured piece of the lesbian flag created by hundreds of French knots. As an amateur embroider myself, I have to say I’m extremely impressed and my fingers hurt just by looking at it.

The textile arts Eli creates will likely continue with lesbians at the focus. To them, finding art created about, by, and for lesbians always comes with warmth and connection, which Eli aims to imitate with their own work. They value the celebration of lesbian experiences with spaces, moments, and art to showcase that. You can support Eli by checking out their Esty shop, following their Instagram, and subscribing to their Patreon.

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