After quite a lot of thinking following some not particularly kind feedback, I decided it was the best idea to separate out my 'art' (drawing, gallery viewing and more 'academic' work), and my craft (crochet, toys and decorations) into 2 separate instagram accounts. I've been thinking about doing it for a while but was initially hesitant. Whilst I was at university I was really interested in the historic maligning of crafted works, and the marriage of craft and 'fine art' within a contemporary context. I felt if I separated out my accounts, I might be doing a disservice to the study and consideration I did during my time at Ruskin! However, I realised that there's a big difference between the security of studying, and the reality of earning money and living as a working artist. If you have a trust fund, or you get *exceptionally* lucky, then it might be possible to be led only by your interests in contemporary art aesthetics, and not make in a financially savvy way. But the reality is, if you're lucky enough to be able to support yourself with your art practice, you'll need to think carefully about where your money is coming from, and how to create popular work. My crochet pigeons are definitely my 'hero' product, and they keep things ticking over financially month to month. Many people who like these crafted birds, won't be interested in my dead animal drawings, and visa versa. Rather than it being a disservice to my university studies, I actually decided it would be a shrewd business move.
So, if you're more interested in my crochet work, or if you would like to follow both accounts, my new one is www.instagram.com/jessicaheywoodcraft
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