Making a living as a professional artist can be tricky with the cost of art school on the rise and lucrative art jobs hard to find. Despite this challenging backdrop, Dayna Walton, a 21-year-old Grand Rapids artist has set herself up well to hit the ground running after she graduates from Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art & Design this spring. A talented illustrator and printmaker, Walton has been selling her work online since high school and launched her current label, Solstice Handmade, a couple years ago featuring a mix of fine art prints and handprinted textiles. In addition, Walton also works at Lions & Rabbits, a Grand Rapids art gallery that hostsworkshops and events and sells her work online and at a several brick and mortar shops. You can also follow her on Instagram at solsticehandmade While some young artists wait until after college graduation to launch their careers, Walton encourages artists not to wait. Tune in to this episode of the podcast to hear Walton’s story and learn more about her work. Walton teaches a variety of workshops. You can find out more here. And, if you’re local, you can check out Walton’s senior show that will be up at the Fed Galleries at KCAD from May 7-11. Speaking of workshops, Dayna invited me to teach a CraftSanity weaving workshop at Lions & Rabbits on June 2. You can find out more information and sign up here.
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