queerly unique art & consulting

made with curiosity, love, and hope

heather / hc (she/her/hers) is an angry gemini earth dragon, multiracial, asian, queer, cisgender and gender expansive, disabled, survivor/surviving, anxious, and depressed womxn of color artist and educator based in st. paul, Mni-sota, which is the hxstorical occupied land of the Dakota peoples.

heather is from the torrance/gardena, california area, the home of the Kizh peoples. she spent her childhood with her Taishanese grandmother eating persimmons and learning about community through food, storytelling, and a good game of mahjong with the aunties.

as a post-structuralist and futurist scholar-practitioner, she has focused on arts-based research and assessment, critical mixed raced studies, womxn of color feminism, first amendment rights, and dismantling white supremacy within institutional practices. she has worked at a multitude of institutions and in a variety of functional areas- with the goal to center and empower the people with the most marginalized and minoritized experiences.


heather is available for art commissions, facilitation and learning experiences, strategic planning, leadership development, assessment and evaluation, as well as organizational development support. for commissions and trainings, please complete this form. 

her more recent work focuses on Asian and Black solidarity and coalition building movements, dismantling anti-Blackness within Asian communities, addressing hxstorical trauma and continued violence against Asian womxn/femmes/elders/youth throughout the COVID pandemic and beyond, and utilizing art as a method of continued intergenerational healing for queer and trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

in her spare time, heather loves birdwatching, snuggling loon (her cattle dog), hiking for self-care, playing her ukulele, roller skating, cooking, and causing good trouble.​

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updates & information

what hclou art has been up to...

this year has been full of shifts, expansions, challenges, and doing things i never thought i could. my personal and professional life has dramatically changed- and that has impacted my art practice. 

i am in the process of transitioning to art commissions and shared learning experiences as my full-time employment. i am excited to support organizations and individuals in bringing together arts, justice, and cultural healing strategies. this is heart and hard work. 

this year i will be attending the aspen ideas festival, working with allbirds on the all good collective, and facilitating a variety of webinars with my colleague Adam Smith with InfoBase on college access. it is bound to be a busy time! 

art is still life changing and saving for me. it has healed my soul in the midst of pain and trauma- and reminded me of the magic of my ancestors. 

to keep up with my shenanigans, follow my journey on instagram. support by leaving some love via sponsoring some of my emotional and physical labor

thank you for your love and support, especially this year. in solidarity. 


 

upcoming events

visit hclou art near you!

 
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interested in a tattoo session?

begining in january 2023

i'm thrilled to share that i'll be starting my tattoo apprenticeship with Lucky Cat Collective full time in january 2023. if you'd like to be contacted once i'm taking clients, fill out my form!

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check out this recording!

white supremacy and coloniality as a public health issue

take a moment and watch this training from march 24 with the umn school of public health. enjoy!

workshops, facilitations, and offerings

hcl is available for workshops and facilitations for organizations, colleges, universities, groups, etc.

all workshops are a minimum of 2 hours and focus on identity, inclusion, and intergenerational healing techniques. custom workshops are also available as they pertain to equity, assessment, creating healthy workplaces, communication styles, leadership, and more. 

your organization can also request custom art for events or giveaways, or as a way to decorate the workplace! 

former clients include: 

  • education: university of minnesota: school of public health, women's leadership institute, masters of human rights program, gender and sexuality center for queer and trans life, and trio student support services; university of st. thomas; macalester college; hamline university; otis college of art and design; university of california at san diego; university of california at berkeley; university of california at davis; dickinson college; boston university; university of vermont; barnard college; los medanos college; washington county primary schools; oklahoma state university; san jose state university; 

  • corporate: clinician nexus; athleta; what is sour; infobase; sesame street

  • non-profit: science museum of minnesota, planned parenthood; twin cities diversity in practice; minnesota coalition against sexual assault; reclaim; springboard for the arts; the alliance; bridge for youth, free arts minnesota; big brothers big sisters; afternoon printing; dont you feel it too; northern lights.mn; telling   

  • government agencies: minnesota department of human services; state of colorado health disparities and equity; hennepin county libraries

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block print and activism workshop

participants will learn how to carve a block and create their own 5.5x7.5" activist prints.

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zine making workshop

participants will learn about the hxstory of zines and create their own pieces to share in community.

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watercolor affirmation postcard workshop

participants will develop their own watercolor affirmation postcards and dialogue about healing in community.

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professional development workshop

participants can focus on a variety of learning and professional development topics, including, but not limited to: 

  • diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • identity development

  • strategic planning 

  • conflict management and restorative practices 

  • communication styles 

  • assessment and evaluation

  • other workshops by request