My friend, the lovely and multi-talented Gretchen Elsner, has written a great post here about the challenges of making a living as an artist in a world that doesn't always appreciate the value of her work. It is a problem that I understand and share, and I so admire Gretchen for facing it head on, rather than escaping to a magical island where the economy is not based on money, as I have done.
I encourage you to read Gretchen's words, and check out her incredible clothing and pop-up books. She is a true artist. (That's her above, wearing a skirt she whipped up in lightning fast speed, when she visited me last Christmas.)