Why I am saying goodbye to the pouches:
A year ago around this time I got super serious about my Etsy shop.
When I first opened my shop in March of 2014 I was beyond excited and mainly did it for fun. I figured, hey I love making greeting cards for friends and other people like them so I'll add them online. It was mostly a hobby. I was freshly out of college with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Desperate for a full-time job. And confused because I felt like I was the only one that couldn't figure out why I didn't know what I wanted to do "when I grow up" hahaha and already "grown up." Art was, is and always will be me. But I never thought I could pursue it as a career so I just majored in the next art I love: reading! Anyways, to save you time, I tried jobs that I really really really disliked. Some were worse than others and basically kicked my anxiety to a level I couldn't handle anymore.
I turned to art to help me cope with my anxiety and it was the best thing I ever did. The summer of 2016 I tried to draw and paint as much as I could and was learning so much! This is when I decided that I was going to work my ass off to make art my full-time career. It is possible. It's hard work but oh so so so worth it. I'm still a work in progress but full of motivation to continue to work and maintain this amazing art journey!
I was super interested in surface pattern design around fall of last year so I painted florals and created patterns on photoshop. And this lead to me wanting to create pillows and pouches and purses and clothes etc.! So my amazing mother-in-law taught me how to use a sewing machine! And I began creating pouches! I loved it and I still love making them! But, realistically and truthfully my passion is more in the design factor over the sewing. I love working with my hands and learning to make basically anything and everything. However, I will always choose the paintbrush over any other tool.
So to sum it up: I am trying to continue to progress my painting/drawing skills and try different palettes and styles to see which feels more like me. I love painting in different styles as you may have noticed. This way I demonstrate to myself that I can try different stuff and get out of my comfort zone. I'm sure it's apparent that I am making more and more prints and mini paintings. They are taking over my etsy shop and I love it! :)
Thank you for reading this super long explanation of the pouches story :)