This is the Winter 2018 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
(born Susan Gottlieb) is an American folksinger and visual artist based in
Santa Monica. She began her musical career in the L.A. punk scene of late 1970s
and early 1980s, first as a member of Nervous Gender, and later as part of
Catholic Discipline. By 1985, Phranc was fed up with the sexism she encountered
in the punk scene and ventured out as a solo artist. Although she didn’t find
commercial success as “America’s favorite Jewish lesbian folksinger,” she continues
to be an inspiration and queer icon. (source)
has also made an impact in the visual arts. Known as the “Cardboard Cobbler,”
Phranc is known for crafting everyday objects like shoes and clothing out of
paper and cardboard. She claims that she became inspired to create
three-dimensional objects after eating a perfect slice of yellow cake. She
envisioned sewing cardboard and using bolts of paper in place of bolts of
fabric. A friend taught her how to thread her grandmother’s old sewing machine
and the rest was history! (source)
was initially drawn to Phranc’s musical background, but after discovering her
visual art, I knew I wanted to research her further and make sure she was a
part of the Queer Arts in L.A. website.