Making money with art

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The problem with making money with art (for me anyway) is that when your life and well-being of your family depends on the art you are making it’s really easy to lose your way… unfortunately, I am saying “no” to a lot of projects lately that I could make money with because that project doesn’t feel right.
I turned down a book about healthy eating because it turned out it was more bullshit about getting as slim as possible or die. And there is nothing healthy about it in my opinion. I really want to do more commercial illustrations but .. but but but.. I am looking for really meaningful great projects, and I think I am not going to lower my expectations for the money. Maybe I am wrong and I am going to starve to death in the near future.

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The dress

Last year I decided embroidery is more than just a silly temporary hobby for me. I wanted to take it to the next level.

So, I took an embroidery course by Liza Smirnova, Russian artist located in Moscow. I was following her forever on Instagram and had admired her work – at least from the moment I saw one of her embroideries on the cover of Seasons magazine.

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Where do threads come from?

This morning I took the subway to a place I’ve never been before – just some station rather far away from the center of Moscow. Then I waited for 15 minutes in the middle of the hall, and then some young person showed up with a plastic bag, gave it to me, took the money (300 rubles exactly, which is about 4 euros and change), said “happy new year!” and disappeared.

And this is how I got a huge amount of wonderful threads for my little stitching hobby, that otherwise would sooner or later end up in the garbage.
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Snow & fur

I seriously think I should paint more, this is so much fun. Don’t take me wrong, I love digital art, but sometimes it’s just so cool to use actual paints or markers… however, there is still no snow here in Moscow, I am not a big fan but kind of miss it.

Besides it’s frizzing and unpleasant outside anyway… could as well snow.


About fur. I really like animalistic prints (especially zebra print), but wearing skin of once upon a time alive creature just seems really creepy to me. I fully understand that artificial fur is extremely bad for the environment, but…

I mean if you apply to it general rules of responsible care and disposal if should be fine. I don’t buy a lot of clothes anyway, and I only have one fake fur jacket that I am happily owning for 6,5 years and not planning to get rid of anytime soon.

Slow fashion, second hand, and my attitudes toward clothes in general

Before 2015 I was not interested in slow fashion, or responsible consuming, or environmental issues.

And still, I was mostly buying clothes in second-hand stores. My biggest motivation for doing so was not environmental; I wasn’t even aware that most of the clothes in mass-market are not made in a safe, clean and fair way, and that the fashion industry, in general, is one of the most damaging for the planet. The uniqueness of used/vintage clothes was also not that important for me at the time, but now I really appreciate this aspect too.

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