Of course I could start by mentioning how my TV runs stripes and shows pink-green glitches and could do with replacing, how my old cell phone barely works anymore, and how my eyes have not been checked for almost 10 years due to lack of funds, and how I live off disability, which leaves just 50,- Euros a month, and that I have no car nor any money to go anywhere, and that the local Red Cross comes by every 2 weeks to bring me food (past its expiration date, given to them by supermarkets) ...but I won't (even if it's all also true)...
Being creative and loving colors, I don't mind stripes, pinks and greens. My eyes seem to work just fine with the old glasses/lenses (strength approx. -10 thoric). When one cannot drive, one goes for walks, and the food I get donated taught me how to eat various things I would/could have never bought myself. When living with little money, life becomes really simple, it taught me a lot, being open/receiving, grateful and appreciative for the simplest things. I find all the things mentioned here non-dramatic, it just taught me to let go and trust things will always work out somehow. I have a good roof over my head, and a truly loving family that helps me wherever they can (who lives in the Netherlands btw, as I am Dutch by birth, but moved to the Austrian Alps by myself about 10 years ago, it was simply the place I needed to be). I live in a beautiful Alpine country/landscape, I am blessed and at peace, a happy camper:)
So, now we've got that bit outta the way :)
So far I have been mostly giving my artwork away to family and friends, who very much enjoy having it in their homes...Lately however many different people told me I should really seriously find a way to sell my artwork and designs, and thus build myself more of a life. I concur...
Being creative, working with colors and forms, is my outlet, it is my joy, how I express, I do it for fun....and it comes straight from the heart....So what better than sharing my joy with others? It is not in my nature to set up a whole complex business, as I like a certain amount of freedom, no stress...but for quite a few years now the idea has been growing to make prints of my artwork for cards and posters, T-shirts, embroidered pillow covers etc. (among other things, as I also decorate (waste cardboard) boxes, paint (old wooden) furniture, and use waste (cans) to make candle holders and such, make herbal soaps and (scented) wax candles. I have endless creative ideas)...
So then, what I would really like to do, is simply load up my (printed) artwork and all the other stuff in a car, drive to a fair or market, build me a stand there, and sell my work in person. Rather face to face with people than selling online, as I simply like interacting/meeting with many different people and the versatility of such events. I could create new things during winter, and sell on markets during summer. Art materials are also quite expensive, so I often use waste materials, and sometimes things people give me, like old fabrics from clothes they no longer want. I even take the lace off old bra's. And also my sister, who travels to India a few times a year often brings me a few things I can work with.
For all this however one needs funds:
1. First of all to have professional art scans made of my 'work'. I tried before to photograph my art work, but I am not much of a photographer and so it did not work well. A lot of my art is also too big for regular home scanners, and I often work with gold/silver paint, which does not show well on regular scans and photographs. Quality art scans for making good art prints are costly.
2. secondly I would need a good reliable car, insurance and all.
3. Thirdly I would need to have a (tiny) stock of samples made, to at least have something to physically show people.
4. And last, I would of course need more materials to work with. Paints and stuff are quite expensive, I also use regular kids' pencils as those are cheaper, but right now I have to be very careful overal with how I use my materials in order not to run out too soon. Each drop of paint, ink and glue is highly cherished :)
I added a picture here, just as an example, cannot load any more as my prepaid internet will not allow such big data-transfers for now.
I cannot really estimate what all this would cost. If it works out I will be pleased, if not I am still okay.
Whomever chooses to support me in this endeavour, you have my love and gratitude.
Whomever does not, you have the same.
From my heart to yours :)