A little something about me…

I’ve been making ever since I was small! You could always find me happily absorbed in craft projects; quilling, fimo, decoupage… to name a few. I was always experimenting with different materials melting wax to create flowers! ( not sure how safe that was!), marbling with PVA! I can’t imagine a life without creativity !

I still enjoy experimenting with different materials and craft is still at the heart of what I do, but it`s about making the craft my own and I do that through play and experimentation. I now make jewellery, which I treat like wearable works of art, paper art and installations. After studying a mixed media degree in Fine Art in the friendly city of Cardiff, I moved to London to do a two year MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. I began my degree by painting, but soon started creating miniature paper installations and by the time I started my MA I was creating room sized textile installations. I now use a mixture of fabric, paper, wood, perspex, which I laser cut to create my work.

I am passionate about spreading the word about how wonderful creativity is! so I do lots of workshops and projects with different communities from school children to adults suffering with mental health difficulties. I have recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, which I loved!

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Financial Independence as an Artist…


I came across this article and thought it might help…I don`t know about you, but making a living out of my Art seems more important than ever…..

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Art and culture remains an integral aspect of human life worldwide and contributes its quota to countries’ economies. As per the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), the UK economy receives £10.8 billion annually from the industry. Many artists struggle with financial independence due to the job’s nature, but with the right knowledge you can flourish. Do you want to know more about how to be financially independent as an artist? Please consider the following points.

 

  • Have Long and Short-Term Financial Goals

 

Many experts opine that artists could benefit from clearly outlining realistic short and long-term financial goals to achieve financial freedom. Therefore, have a clear savings plan in place for the present and the future. Saving money with no goal in mind is generally not as effective as saving towards a specific purpose. For example, you can set money aside to rent a new studio, buy better supplies, etc. Having these goals in mind makes saving more effortless and helps trim your spending on frivolous items.

Also have a long-term savings plan for the future, like putting money away towards retirement. Little amounts put away towards your retirement will accumulate into something substantial over time and guarantee you financial freedom and peace of mind in future. Also, effectively managing your debt is an essential part of long-term financial planning, so try to consolidate your debt as an easier and more convenient way to reach financial independence.

 

  •  Track Your Cash Flow

 

Financial experts typically recommend that businesses diligently track their cash flow to manage their businesses better. Art businesses are no exception to this rule, so prioritize monitoring your cash flow for the best result. To track your cash flow, first separate your art business from your personal finances. Using a business account for your job is beneficial because you get a clearer understanding of your business costs and expenses. You can also better manage your taxes and other business-related financial obligations.

These days, there are several tools that artists can use to establish an art inventory system. This inventory system helps you record any artwork sales and monitor where your significant expenses and revenue come from. With this information, you can discover which artworks sell more and tailor your strategy towards making more of your high-earning art. Also, you can quickly learn what expenses to trim away. Therefore, consider tracking your cash flow to help you make informed financial decisions about your art business that will bring you financial independence over time.

 

  • Have Multiple Income Streams

 

Society has stereotypically branded artists as individuals struggling to make ends meet from their craft for centuries now, and this is often the case. An Artfinder survey of 1,533 UK and US artists found that nearly half of them said their art accounted for less than a quarter of their total income. Some art experts think this is because many artists like to put all their eggs in one basket. Artist Valerie Atkinson opines in her book “How do Artists Make Money?” that art is a profession without traditional benefits and job security, so artists must rely on multiple income streams to stay afloat. 

As such, feel free to explore teaching jobs, gallery showings, speaking gigs, publishing, grants, web sales, and commission projects as ways of making money as an artist instead of focusing solely on artwork sales. Although these particular areas generate little income on their own, fusing two or three can add up to some significant cash to make you financially independent.

 

  •  Follow the 50/30/20 Budget

 

Being financially free doesn’t necessarily mean being wealthy- so you can achieve financial independence even with a relatively small income. However, experts advise that you would need a helpful budget to make your financial freedom a reality. For this, list all your current expenses, especially the recurring ones. You can then quickly outline a practical spending and savings plan based on your expenses.

The 50/30/20 budget works well to plan for your needs, wants, and savings. Allocate 50% of your earning to basic needs such as your accommodation, electricity, food and maybe health insurance. You can then designate 30% to things that aren’t essential but necessary like shopping, entertainment, and dinner nights out. The remaining 20% can then go towards your savings or defraying your debts. However, given the irregularity of your job’s nature, it is vital to note that the 50/30/20 rule must be tweaked to suit unique situations. For example, if the winter season is your peak period, consider saving more money in this season that you can use to balance your funds in off-seasons.

 

Creative business tips…..


I read this article recently and it helped break down the process of setting up a creative business….I think I`m getting the new year feeling!

Be creative!It may come as a surprise to many, but you can’t set up a creative business, without actually being creative. Yes, that’s right inspiration won’t suddenly hit you out of nowhere if you have never explored your creative potential and creative preferences before. Therefore it’s vital that you put in some time before you start your business and explore what it is you wish to do and sell creatively. 

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Find some funding To set up even a small business there are certain costs involved. That means to get things off the ground you will need to source some funding.Many people rely on their savings for this or money from investors. However, there is another option to consider and it’s going to a provider like Buddy Loans for help. The reason being that they offer same-day payouts, and even if bad credit has dogged you in the past, they will still consider your application. Something that means you can get your creative business up and running ASAP. 

Outline your goals and targets Staring up a business is too vague a goal. Instead, you need to have specific targets and values to which you will work. When it comes to targets you may choose something like to earn enough money to give up your day job. However, values are more about how you work. An often picked value for artists is to be environmentally friendly in their art and business practices. That is using materials that are recycled, not wasteful, and that do not pollute the planet.

Come up with a name and decide on branding Naming your business can seem a little scary. After all, you have the task of summing up everything you do in just a few words. However, the name you pick is important because it will be what distinguishes you from every other business. Once you have picked out a name that you like, it’s time to work on branding your business. Your branding should include things like your business’s colour pallet, your logo, and even the fonts you choose for your website and compliments slips. Remember good branding is about establishing trust with your customers, and so is a vital part of this process.

Set up operational systems There is a major problem creatives experience, when they go into business. It is that they have to spend more time and energy on the business side of things and less on the making side of things. Of course, this is often contrary to the reasons they started up such a business in the first place. However, you can solve this issue by automating as much of your business as possible. Indeed, by selling your wares online, you can automate marketing and payments easily. Something that will leave you with more time to do what you do best, be creative.

Different ways to express yourself….


I`m always expressing myself through what I make and I like the idea of pushing myself to try new things. I found this article and it has made me think about other ways I haven`t considered before….

Expressing yourself is something that is super important in life, but sometimes it can feel like a huge struggle to work out how to do this. There are so many different ways of expression, but it may be the case that the one you usually use isn’t feeling right anymore. It might also be the case that you’re just not sure what the best way to let everyone know what you’re all about it. No matter what the reason, you’ve found this article now, and we’re going to be taking a look at some of the different ways that you can express yourself.

Write A Story

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They say that we all have a fantastic story inside of somewhere. Indeed, many people argue we all have the potential to write at least one full length great novel. You might have tried this before, and you could have been stuck on a blank page. If that’s the case, then there are a few strategies that you can explore to break free of writer’s block. For instance, you can think about laying out a plan. One of the best ways to do this is plan out the story in full with individual chapters and points that you want to reach by the end of each one.

Alternatively, you can also think about writing what you know. This is the advice that is often recommended by experts. It will ensure that your writing feels real and resonates with an audience. Once you get started, you might find that you are quickly on a role here. If that’s the case, you must ensure that you are writing the right way. Research the best position to ensure that you do avoid issues with RSI.

Through What You Wear

You can think about expressing yourself through what you wear as well. There are lots of choices that you can explore here. For instance, you might want to focus on your accessories, such as your glasses. There’s more to glasses than just getting the stylish shape. You can opt for a vintage style and show people that you love the past. Or, you can think about going ultra modern and showing people that you are on trend. 

You might also want to think about exploring printed tees. Did you know there are services online that you can use to create your own printed tees? You can design these with any logo, images, or text that you like. So, it’s a great way to ensure that you are sending the right message about who you are.

If you have the confidence you can be quite bold with your choices of wear and the styles that you opt for. For instance, you can think about looking at older styles or try something completely unique. Famous people experiment with different styles, materials, and choices of wear all the time. There’s nothing stopping you from doing the same thing. If you don’t want to be too out there with the style choices, then you can explore some blogs and fashion guides online. These should provide you with some great ideas. Alternatively, you might want to think about expressing yourself through your hairstyle. If you are feeling a little wild, you can choose a wild hairstyle with spiky hair or hair with a variety of different colours.

Talk To People

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Have you heard of Trey Parker and Matt Stone? These are the creators of South Park, Pulitzer prize winners, Tony Award winners, and Oscar nominated for their movie song. In one article, the duo famously claimed that they never set out to offend anyone. Instead, they just hated agreeing with people for the sake of it. The team were instead more interested in starting conversations and connecting with people on this level.By speaking to people, you can express your point of view and share your views of the world. This doesn’t have to become a massive shouting match. It can, with the right people, be a healthy exchange of ideas that everyone can benefit from.

How you find people to connect with and talk to is entirely up to you. You can think about going out on the streets and meeting new people. Or, you can start conversations in places like a bar or club. You can even join discussion groups online. There are lots of places like this, such as Reddit, where you will be able to express your views and ensure that you do enter into fun conversations. 

Use Videos To Get Your Message Across

Something else that we think you should consider is to use video to get your message across. For example, you can use a platform such as YouTube to share your videos once you have recorded something. Your videos can be about anything that you want them to be, as long as it expresses who you are or what you believe in in some way. Once you gather a large enough fan base, you are more likely to be heard by a whole host of people. There are other platforms apart from YouTube that will allow you the ability to share what you record, but this is entirely up to you. Other social media such as Facebook and Instagram are also good for this kind of thing.

Write A Script

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Have you ever thought about writing a script that reflects something that you are passionate about? The great thing about this is that it gives you great artistic freedom to convey whatever you want to say. It’s entirely up to you what you put out there, and it ensures that you are free to get out any message that you want. Or, you might not even want to get a message out there, you may simply just want to write a play that talks about something random. It doesn’t matter what you do, but expression is important, no matter what.

Journal

You may not be sharing this with anyone, but that’s not the point. When you express yourself, people don’t have to be there to witness it. They don’t have to see it or know what you’ve done, as long as you’ve gotten it down somewhere. That is why journaling is such a fantastic idea. It’s more personal, so it’s only for your eyes and maybe a select few that you choose to show it to. 

One of the biggest benefits about this is that you may not feel as though there are any boundaries stopping you from saying whatever you want. A lot of people hold back when they are showing themselves to the world for fear of being judged, but the privacy or journaling allows you to write without any inhibitions. A lot of people choose to journal and for a number of different reasons, but as long as you feel comfortable saying whatever it is that you need, it doesn’t matter in what manner you decide to express the thoughts that are swirling in your head.

Try Your Hand At Acting
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Or finally, you could think about trying your luck with acting. There are lots of different ways that you can get involved in acting. For instance, you could think about signing up for a drama or acting class. These do tend to work towards performances at certain points through the year. So you will be provided with the opportunity to perform on stage. You might think that you don’t have the skills or the ability to act, but the reality is that you will never know until you try. 

A lot of people think that they don’t have the right skills to act. But once they step on stage, they soon find that they are incredibly comfortable underneath the spotlight. After all, acting is a way for you to become someone else. Or potentially, you can express your deepest desires and most complex feelings in a safe space. If you don’t think you’re ready for the stage just yet, you can still join an acting class. They will let you progress at your own space and won’t throw you in at the deep end.

I hope that you have found this article helpful… I did! If any of these appeal to you, then they are the perfect way to show everyone who you really are, how you feel, what you believe in, and everything else that there is to know about you. Try out different ways of expression, and we’re sure that you’ll find something that you love sooner or later.

 

Preview of the community Mandala…..


This is a sneak preview of the community Mandala… taken from the illustrator design (the programme that it needs to go on to be laser cut), you can`t see all the detail, but the red lines will be engraved and the black lines are to be cut.

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The width of the Mandala will be 2 metres, laser cut from a thin black plastic with a layer of gold underneath, so the engraved parts will be gold.