Emphasize what works and de-emphasize what doesn’t.

Lourdes the Merry Virgin (Jonathan Busch) wanted to show up in a glamorous dress for CRAFT’s talk, but her cat decided to use that dress as a litter box the night prior. So, she went with a classy day look instead. Lourdes discovered drag a few years ago and it quickly became her new medium for creativity. Craft, to Lourdes, is inherent in Edmonton’s culture: it’s DIY, it’s working with what you do have. It’s therapy, but cheaper: plus you get new outfits.

About the speaker

Lourdes the Merry Virgin/Jonathan Busch is a local drag performer and artist with too much to say and not enough time. He/she is an active member of the House of HOMO-CIDAL who perform regularly throughout Edmonton, including spectacular movie gigs at Metro Cinema.

Busch is a proud Edmontonian creator. By day, Busch is an EPL librarian; by night, he transforms into the glamorous Lourdes. How does he juggle the many hats of a creator? Busch explains in a recent CBC Arts web series, Canada’s A Drag, how “Lourdes and Jonathan are essentially the same person … I think that’s one brilliant element about drag is that it has, against my will, crafted for me a fictional character out of my own skin and ideas about living. That and I get to become a sexy bombshell like the ones I idolized from my childhood.”

In his spare time, Busch also creates colourful digital artwork depicting legendary and contemporary icons of drag culture on his instagram @lourdesthemerryvirgin

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