WILLIE NORRIS

About

WILLIENORRISWORKSHOP  was established in 2018 in BROOKLYN, NYC as a container for—and independent publisher of—the creative pursuits of Willie Norris and her collaborators. We release projects and products intermittently, according only to the resources, energy and human interest we have available.

Our external collaborators have included Helmut Lang, Outlier, MoMA PS1, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and Brooklyn Liberation. 

Our work has been covered in The New York TimesVogue, The Cut,Out, GARAGE and them.
WILLIE NORRIS BY JOSEFINA SANTOS


Willie Norris was born in 1990 in New Hampshire, USA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder of WILLIENORRISWORKSHOP and current design director for Brooklyn-based menswear brand OUTLIER. In 2020 she was named to the Out100 List, a a prestigious compilation of the year's most impactful and influential LGBTQ+ people. 

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The CARRY is an adjustable crossbody travel bag with a large zippered main compartment and a back velcro pocket for additional storage. Made in China, printed in USA, ships from Brooklyn. If you place an order with a t-shirt, please note your items may ship in seperate packages.


AVAILABLE NOW in RED/BLACK RIPSTOP for $45USD


The PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY EMBROIDERED SHORT SLEEVE is a unisex fit short sleeve t-shirt made of a dense and sturdy 100% USA-grown cotton jersey with a rib-knit crewneck collar and a straight hem. BUY NOWin two colorways (BLACK/BLACK and WHITE/WHITE) IN sizes XS-6X for $45.


STORY

A core approach to design at WILLIENORRISWORKSHOP is using overt, graphic messaging and language as a means to question static and stable conceptions of heteronormativity that permeate the world. We think this shirt does just that.


The origin of the PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY slogan is wholly indebted to Queer Nation, an LGBTQ direct-action activist organization founded in March 1990 in New York City, by HIV/AIDS activists from ACT UP. 


DESCRIPTION

Printed short sleeve, unisex fit t-shirt made of a dense and sturdy 100% USA-grown cotton jersey. Rib-knit crewneck collar with a straight hem.

"PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY" is embroidered on the wearers upper left chest. The WN logomark is tonally printed on the upper back neck.


Made in South Central, LA

Embroidered and printed in Linden, New Jersey


SIZING + FIT

This tee has a heavy and sturdy feel with a generous, slightly boxy unisex fit and a ribbed, fitted neckline. It feels structured and does not feel "clingy" or "drapey" when you are wearing it. Due to the natural enzyme wash it has received, it has a broken-in feel like you would expect from a shirt that has been washed and worn for years.

We recommend ordering "true-to-size." If you oscillate between two sizes, we recommend you size down (IE: if you generally describe youself as a "small medium," go with a small. If you describe yourself as a "true medium" or a "large medium" go with a medium). If you are looking for a slim, closer-to-the-body fit, you also might consider sizing down. We think it looks great, and hangs on your body correctly, whether worn tucked in or out or with the sleeves rolled up or left down. 

Because this tee shirt is garment dyed, it is virutally shrink-free and will fit very similarly post-wash as it does when you first receive it. Do not size up to account for shrinkage you might usually encounter in a standard cotton tee shirt from regular machine washing and drying.

CARE


To best maintain the quality of the shirt, we recommend machine washing inside out on a gentle cycle in cold water, and tumble drying inside out on medium heat. Dry cleaning is not recommended. Do not bleach (spot treatment is OK). Wear it a lot and make it your own.

The WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY PRINTED SHORT SLEEVE is a unisex fit t-shirt made of a dense and sturdy 100% USA-grown cotton jersey with a rib-knit crewneck collar and a straight hem. Available in sizes XS-6X. BUY NOW in white or black for $45. 

Dominique (she/her) is 5'7", 160 lbs and wears a MEDIUM in WHITE

STORY

This shirt is part of our AGENDA collection, which is composed of items with overt, graphic messaging used as a means to question static and stable conceptions that permeate the world.


The text for this shirt was adapted from and celebrates Alan Wakeman's 1975 poster-mural that mocked heterosexist platitudes.


DESCRIPTION

Printed short sleeve, unisex fit t-shirt made of a dense and sturdy 100% USA-grown cotton jersey. Rib-knit crewneck collar with a straight hem. 


"WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY" is printed on front with our signature high-chest placement. Some theories to this elusive question are printed on the back.


Made in South Central, LA

Digitally printed in Linden, New Jersey


SIZING + FIT

This tee has a heavy and sturdy feel with a generous, slightly boxy unisex fit and a ribbed, fitted neckline. It feels structured and does not feel "clingy" or "drapey" when you are wearing it. Due to the natural enzyme wash it has received, it has a broken-in feel like you would expect from a shirt that has been washed and worn for years.

We recommend ordering "true-to-size." If you oscillate between two sizes, we recommend you size down (IE: if you generally describe youself as a "small medium," go with a small. If you describe yourself as a "true medium" or a "large medium" go with a medium). If you are looking for a slim, closer-to-the-body fit, you also might consider sizing down. We think it looks great, and hangs on your body correctly, whether worn tucked in or out or with the sleeves rolled up or left down.

Because this tee shirt is garment dyed, it is virutally shrink-free and will fit very similarly post-wash as it does when you first receive it. Do not size up to account for shrinkage you might usually encounter in a standard cotton tee shirt from regular machine washing and drying.



CARE


To best maintain the quality of the shirt, we recommend machine washing inside out on a gentle cycle in cold water, and tumble drying inside out on medium heat. Dry cleaning is not recommended. Do not bleach (spot treatment is OK). Wear it a lot!

The WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY PRINTED LONG SLEEVE is a unisex fit long sleeve t-shirt made of a dense and sturdy 100% USA-grown cotton jersey with a rib-knit crewneck collar and a straight hem. Available in sizes XS-5X. BUY NOW in white or black for $55.

STORY

This shirt is part of our AGENDA collection, which is composed of items with overt, graphic messaging used as a means to question static and stable conceptions that permeate the world.


The text for this shirt was adapted from and celebrates Alan Wakeman's 1975 poster-mural that mocked heterosexist platitudes.


DESCRIPTION

Printed long sleeve, unisex fit t-shirt made of a dense and sturdy 100% USA-grown cotton jersey. Rib-knit crewneck collar and cuffs with a straight hem.

"WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY" is printed on front with our signature high-chest placement. Some theories to this elusive question are printed on the back.


Made in South Central, LA

Digitally printed in Linden, New Jersey


SIZING + FIT

This tee has a heavy and sturdy feel with a generous, slightly boxy unisex fit and a ribbed, fitted neckline. It feels structured and does not feel "clingy" or "drapey" when you are wearing it. Due to the natural enzyme wash it has received, it has a broken-in feel like you would expect from a shirt that has been washed and worn for years.

We recommend ordering "true-to-size." If you oscillate between two sizes, we recommend you size down (IE: if you generally describe youself as a "small medium," go with a small. If you describe yourself as a "true medium" or a "large medium" go with a medium). If you are looking for a slim, closer-to-the-body fit, you also might consider sizing down. We think it looks great, and hangs on your body correctly, whether worn tucked in or out or with the sleeves rolled up or left down.

Because this tee shirt is garment dyed, it is virutally shrink-free and will fit very similarly post-wash as it does when you first receive it. Do not size up to account for shrinkage you might usually encounter in a standard cotton tee shirt from regular machine washing and drying.



CARE


To best maintain the quality of the shirt, we recommend machine washing inside out on a gentle cycle in cold water, and tumble drying inside out on medium heat. Dry cleaning is not recommended. Do not bleach (spot treatment is OK). Wear it a lot a lot!

INFO

All WILLIENORRISWORKSHOP shirts are printed and/or embroidered in, and ship from NEW JERSEY, USA.


You will receive an email or text message confirmation immediately after placing your order. This is not your shipping confirmation.


Please allow up to THREE days (Monday - Friday) for shipping confirmation after your order is placed. 


Shipments may be delayed slightly immediately after a product launch.


We appreciate your patience as we explore ways to reduce apparel waste and fine tune our fulfilment process.


For order and product inquiries (including but not limited to size exhanges, address changes, status updates, 


WHAT EXACTLY IS HETEROSEXUALITY AND WHAT CAUSES IT?


WHAT IT IS:
Heterosexuality is a condition in which people have a driving emotionaland sexual interest in members of the opposite sex. Because of theanatomical, physiological, social and cultural limitations involved, thereare formidable obstacles to be overcome. However, many heterosexuals lookupon this as a challenge and approach it with ingenuity and energy. Indeedit can be said that most heterosexuals are obsessed with the gratificationof their curious desires.


WHAT CAUSES IT:

Hormonal imbalance? Economic conditions? Fear of death? Culturaldeprivation? Pathological condition? Social conditioning? Childhoodtrauma? Parental program?


HORMONAL IMBALANCE

One theory advanced is that heterosexuals have an imbalance in their sexhormones instead of the normal mixture of the two, they have an excess ofone or a dearth of the other, resulting in an inability to enjoy full andsatisfying relationships with their own sex.


ECONOMIC CONDITIONING

Our society grants financial and other incentives for exclusively (i.e.neurotic) heterosexual coupling: from tax concessions to council houses.To be gay is expensive and many people simply cannot afford it.


FEAR OF DEATH

A terror of mortality lies beneath much heterosexual coupling. Driven toperpetuate themselves at any cost, most heterosexuals are indifferent tothe prospect of the world-wide famine that will result if the presentpopulation explosion continues unchecked.


CULTURAL DEPRIVATION

Most heterosexuals will be found to have come from a background in whichan appreciation of the beauty of their own bodies has been ruthlesslysuppressed. Heterosexual men in particular think themselves 'ugly', beautybeing ascribed only to women. Many psychic disorders stem from thisself-rejection.


PATHOLOGICAL CONDITION

Many heterosexuals claim that they were just 'born that way'.Unfortunately this doesn't hold water. All human beings are the result ofthe interaction between their substance and their environment andheterosexuals, like the rest of us, must share the responsibility fortheir condition.


SOCIAL CONDITIONING

Many unthinking heterosexuals succumb to the daily bombardment ofconditioning from the mass media and live out their lives trapped inoppressive stereotypes. We should feel compassion for such people, nothostility, for their rejection of all those parts of the self that do notconform to the 'married-couple' ideal, is a measure of their loss ofcontact with their own unique sexuality.


CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

A bad experience with a member of the same sex while young may causerejection of all members of the same sex through fear. The desirecontinues in the subconscious and emerges as a heterosexual neurosis.


PARENTAL PROBLEMS

In most cases of compulsive heterosexual behavior, the parents will befound to have suffered from similar difficulties


The text for this shirt has been adapted from Alan Wakeman's 1975 Gay Liberation poster-mural that mocked heterosexist platitudes. All proceeds from the sale of this shirt support queer entrepreneurship.


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