Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Carrie: I live in a small town in Illinois but live very close to St. Louis, MO. I work as a Case Manager for an agency that advocates for the prevention and treatment of HIV. I consider myself a feminine feminist, I love wearing dresses, makeup, and jewelry and advocating for gender equality, education, and eliminating homophobia. I believe that socially constructed gender roles should not interfere with a person’s interests. Isn’t that what being a nerd is all about; liking something even if it’s considering uncool?
How long have you been crafting?
Carrie: Since I was very young. As a child I would request craft kits and paint supplies as presents. I was a creative child, I once used my older sister’s liquid foundation to create a beautiful wall mural…i.e., I covered my hands in foundation and made hand prints all over her room.
How did Nerdy Hussy come to be?
Carrie: It started as a hobby, mostly watercolor paintings that I would sell in a different Etsy shop, it wasn’t too popular but I had a lot of fun doing it. Slowly my crafting became exceedingly reflective of my nerdy personality and a coworker suggested I start selling the nerdy crafts on Etsy; however, the products were not congruent with the other store front, so I scrapped the other shop and created the NerdyHussy, specializing in geeky products.
Do you have any funny crafting stories?
Carrie: No animals were harmed in this story. For a few months I was doing most of my crafting on the floor, I would spread out all the materials I needed and watch Star Trek while creating items for Etsy. My cat found this incredibly interesting and took it upon herself to treat it as an adventure, investigating every scrap piece of paper, tissue paper, or product. After I had finished crafting for the night, I noticed my cat was trying to get something off her paw; she was licking it and trying to flick it off her paw. She had a piece of comic book stuck to her paw. She had stepped on one of the scrap pieces that still had the water-based glue on it and managed to glue it to her paw, the glue is non-toxic and removable with soap and water so I washed her paw off and removed the glue and comic book. I have since moved from the floor to a sectioned off part of the living room with a table and shelves, no cats allowed.
I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?
Carrie: My favorite requests are the ones who force me to broaden my nerd knowledge. I know very little about Transformers but when I first started, I had a request for a Ratchet necklace, with a little research I was able to make the necklace and she was incredibly happy and I was able to learn a little more about Transformers.
Carrie: Yes, definitely! My favorite comic book from DC is probably the New 52 of Wonder Woman, my favorite Image comic book is Saga written by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples and my favorite Marvel comic book is Hawkeye, so far. As for comic book characters, most strong female characters such as Wonder Woman or Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. I roughly have 15 comic books in my pull and hold at my local comic book shop, not including the trade paperbacks I read.
Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?
Carrie: I have an obsession with Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Trek — in order of favorite The Next Generation, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and then Voyager. I get so excited when I watch any of these shows that I’ll clap like a misguided penguin trying to fly.
I also game. Once a week I play a table top RPG that’s similar to Dungeons and Dragons called Pathfinder. In addition, once or twice a month I play board games such as Settlers of Catan and Dominion.
I enjoy going to conventions but I’m fairly new to them, I’ve only been going the past couple years. I’m looking forward to attending C2E2 in Chicago and GenCon in Indianapolis in 2013.
If you were a superhero what would your name and power be?
Carrie: Easy question, Boobarella with a transgender rooster named Cock Punch. During the day, we would educate men and women on healthy relationships and at night, fight crime.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Win a custom pendant from Nerdy Hussy’s shop! She can customize it with either Wonder Woman, Batman, Batwoman, Batgirl, Flash, Green Lantern, X-Men or Spider-Man.
- 1. Answer the following question: What comic book would you love to live in for a month?
- 2. Like Nerdy Hussy on Facebook: Facebook.com/NerdyHussy
- * One reader will win a pendant from Nerdy Hussy
- * Contest ends Jan. 14th