We are artists trying to make a living from our work. It's not easy and most of the time it's frustrating and downright depressing. But do we give up? No, we continue, we persevere and hope that one day we will find success. Success is different for everyone. For some it's to have a gallery take them on, for others to have an exhibition, for some it's to earn a living from their work, and others to sell enough to cover the cost of their materials. However, we don't give up. We've been told that social media is the way to go. We've read about success stories. Artists making enough from internet sales to give up the day job. But the reality is this. You get likes and the more artists and people you follow, the more likes you get. You write up your blog. You put your photos on Instagram, and FaceBook, you pin on Pinterest, you open a shop on Etsy, you link on Linkin. But tell me, how often does it translate in to sales? Less than most would admit to I guess.
I have created a new section in my Etsy shop. It's " Vintage" . It's for the Retro boxes that I've made. The boxes are covered in old French countryside maps and lined with reproductions from a turn of the century French geography school book. I will be adding more over the next few days. They are a lot of fun to make and I am also planning on using illustrations from an old book called 'Les Capitales du Monde" printed in 1892 in France by Hachette & Cie. You can check out whats on offer here
The Index of Economic Freedom was first formulated by Adam Smith in 1776. The idea is to track the economic freedom of the world measuring liberty, property rights, business freedom, prosperity, trade, fiscal, monetary & economic freedom and so forth using 10 references. The top five Free countries are as follows: Hong Kong Singapore Australia New Zealand Switzerland Mostly Free: The UK - 14 The USA - 10 Ireland - 9 Sweden - 21 Moderately Free: Kazakhstan - 65 France - 67 Jordan - 32 Norway - 40 Belgium - 38 Mostly Unfree: Italy - 92 China - 138 Greece - 119 Repressed: Iran - 171 Burma - 173 Argentina - 158 Cuba - 177 For a full list go to http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking