Monday, 23 February 2015

EPHERIA: Launching my online store

A little over a month ago, I left the safety and constraint of my parents' house and moved in with my amazing boyfriend in the city. It was a pretty quick decision, and while I was super looking forward to removing the shitty 'long distance' part of our relationship, it was a very daunting process for me.

I knew I would be paying for rent, food, bills, and various other stuffs, and all I could think about was having to work a job that I hate and not having time to do my art.

I need my art. I NEED it. I've had times when I haven't really been able to make things, and it really messes me up. I get super stressed out, I can't concentrate on things, my sleep pattern is completely unpredictable, and my body becomes an aching and stuffy pile of potato.

I had to figure out a way to afford my new living situation and still have plenty of time to create. Short of becoming a stripper, this is my solution.

I have been wanting to make my art available to others for a long time, but I was lazy and not confident in my work. Since I have started wearing my handmade jewellery out in public and letting people see my stuff, I have been getting a lot of positive feedback. My responses grew slightly from a few anonymous internet comments, and now I get compliments from humans in real life, and people actually follow and consistently enjoy my work, asking where they can buy a particular item, and occasionally asking for commissions. Whaaaat? People like and enjoy my art? They want to have it for their own? This feels great!

I have touched briefly on personal style and the confidence it can bring in a previous post. I know the massive amount of difference that clothes and accessories I really like can make to my self-esteem, and if others can feel that with my creations, then fuck yes I want to be a part of that! 

So now that I have the motivation and encouragement to pursue this goal, it is finally happening for real. People will be able to own the pieces they want to own, and I might be able to make enough money to pay my rent. It's win-win, guys!

So the Epheria online store will be opening THIS WEEKEND and I am having a launch sale to celebrate this pretty massive step in my life, so don't miss it.

The sale starts at midnight on Friday (AEST) and includes everything in stock! Paintings, art prints, handmade jewellery, lighter covers, pins & patches.

Store will be located at epheria.storenvy.com :D

Enjoy your week! I'll be working hard, getting everything ready for the weekend x