"L.J. Roberts (sometimes credited as Lacey Jane Roberts) is an American textile artist. Roberts, who is genderqueer and uses singular they pronouns, explores queer and feminist politics in their work.
Roberts grew up in a suburb of Detroit.[They were taught to knit by their grandmother at age seven. As a teenager, they were sent to an all-girls boarding school in Maryland, at a time when they were "dykey, angry, rebellious" and "grappling with [their] own sexuality and gender". In 1996, they viewed the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington D.C.; this was the first time they'd seen "queer lexicon and militancy". Roberts was then sent to a boarding school in California in an attempt to "feminize" their behavior and dress.
Roberts attended college at the University of Vermont, where they resumed knitting after suffering a severe injury that limited their access to facilities. In 2003 they created their first activist textile piece, dropping a hand-knit pink triangular banner from the church steeple on campus. The banner read "Mom Knows Now"; this served both as their coming out and as an homage to ACT UP activism against AIDS.
Roberts graduated from the University of Vermont with bachelor's degrees in English and studio art. Roberts then attended the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, doing further artivism there by knitting the words "& Crafts" and installing them on signs for the school, which had recently dropped "and Crafts" from its name. This work was later recreated to become a part of the collection at the Oakland Museum of California. Roberts graduated from CCA with a Master of Arts in visual and critical studies and a Master of Fine Arts in textiles."