Connor Rose - I’m trans, my trans identity is very much bound up in my art.

Updated: Jan 6, 2020


Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I really kind of fell (or staggered) into it. I’m still not completely convinced that I *am* an artist. I make thing, I create, I play! Artist sounds so formal.

What medium do you work in?

Mainly I make lino prints and products created from my original prints like t shirts, totes etc. I also love upcycling. I do a bit of embroidery in my spare time.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

My background is in baking! I’ve always enjoyed making things though, I’d make Christmas gifts or things for friends and for our own house.

How has your practice changed over time?

I think it’s constantly evolving, I’m learning as I go and playing around with technique.

What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?

I’m trans, my trans identity is very much bound up in my art. I struggled for a really long time to show anyone what I make, the things that matter to me. And now as I work through my transition it feels like I’m able to share more and more of my authentic self. So there is a fair amount of social justice, gender identity and themes of mental health and struggle in my art.

How and when did you started creating….?

At the dining table. Just making things to please myself or for friends. My kiddo is homeschooled and we do lots of fun crafting projects together. We love having days where we just draw or paint or make prints together with a bit of music.

How would you describe your creations?

A little dark, a little spooky, different? Soulful.

What inspires you?

Folk horror has always fascinated me. Folk horror/urban wyrdness I guess would sum up a lot of my work. Queernesss, gender, poetry and also the poetry of the body.

Where do you show / sell your art?

Currently I have an etsy (on hiatus) and my space at sdx Edinburgh.


Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Absolutely. As long as it comes from the community, that they have artistic control. Otherwise it’s often a token gesture.

Who are your biggest influences?

Yikes. My kid? My mother (she was an art teacher specialising in stained glass, but she was always creating in our house! And still does, she’s working on a project right now). The beautiful trans and non binary humans that I am lucky enough to know.

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

I love the installations of poetry by Robert Montgomery. My friend Samo Down in Portsmouth makes not only gorgeous tattoos but fabulous prints and murals (he was involved in world pride in NYC earlier this year, the mural project). Anyone who is bold enough to pick up a bit of paper and a pen, or paintbrush or lump of clay is changing the world!! Art is for all. I love the grassroots movements, zinesters and diy queers who are reclaiming art and crafting.


What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

So, it’s the first time I’ve sat my art next to someone else’s, the first time I’ve dared. They’ve been very supportive.