Michael Gerlach is a musician, carpenter and collector. As a singer/songwriter known as 'King Courteen' Michael creates music with a choral and classic American folk influence. Most recently he's been designing and sewing one of a kind garments from repurposed antique and vintage textiles.

What are you most proud of? "The home I've been making with my partner over the past two years." 

Is there something new that you've started doing in the past 4 months? "Gardening!"

What's the first thing you think about when you wake up? "How much my plants have grown in the vegetable garden."

What's your favorite thing about Milwaukee (or place)? "The diverse and tightly knit community of artists and artisans in Milwaukee."

Who do you think needs advice and what would you like to tell them? "Keep searching for and pursuing new things that inspire you."

You can find King Courteen on Instagram @kingcourteen