After a couple of years without art, I found that I needed to create. I am a creative spirit. If I'm not making something pretty, I'm not being true to myself. I still haven't pulled out the paints, or faced me fears of trying and failing as an Illustrator, but I have found and explored other directions to make and create beautiful things. When I first started this blog it became a wonderful therapeutic outlet for me to share what I made, and push myself to learn knew things. I've taught myself to sew, learned more about pattern making, jewelry making, crocheting, and a number of different things. Starting this blog, opening an etsy shop, participating in craft fairs, and joining boutiques, have all been small baby steps for me, as a way of pushing myself as an artist, and trying to find a way to make my art more of a business. I've learned that the Independent Artist is a pretty difficult job, because not only do you have to be a master at your trade, you also have to have enough business sense to promote your shop, and keep it growing and evolving, and keep it financially sound. (I'm still trying to figure all of that out).
So I'd love to hear from you. Who are your favorite Independent Artists? What makes their work so admirable?
In celebration of Independent Artist's Day, I am offering a 20% off coupon code for my shop! Use code IAD20off for a big fat discount. Promotion runs through the end of May!
How can you support your favorite independent artists? How about favoriting their shops on Etsy, liking their fb page, giving them a shout out on FB or Instagram, purchasing a pattern or instant download? Just a few little and easy ways to help!