When people were confined to their homes during the various lockdowns, finding a way to generate income became essential. The need to adapt was essential and people were tested. Some started cooking, others provided online services as a way to manage. The need to adapt was essential.
Yvadney Davis, 40, from Norwood, south London, has been placed in an interesting position. A children’s fashion designer by trade, Yvadney had always worked from home. She has worked with brands such as Stella McCartney, Primark, Boden and many more, delivering a wealth of different content. When the pandemic hit, the brands had come to a halt, so Yvadney had to pivot.
While locked up and homeschooling her children, Yvadney decided to do a doodle of her son one day. This doodle then unlocked a feeling in Yvadney that she hadn’t had for a long time. It was the first time she had drawn from her baccalaureate. After making this drawing, she began to suggest that her friends also do their portraits.
Yvadney told MyLondon: “After making them from my friends and posting them on social media, people were constantly asking me if I was selling them. Sadly during this time my friend died and her passing pushed me to sort of do it. I then started making prints of the portraits I had done. I started selling in October and the first week was crazy.
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His art is in honor of the Windrush generation. Yvadney is an Anglo-Caribbean and feels it is important to highlight and pay tribute to a generation that has sacrificed so much to come to the country. On her websiteshe describes her art as “a vibrant use of vintage wallpaper from the 1960s and 1970s that keeps the essence of that era alive…The charged patterns and thick textures of these matriarchs evoke their energy and remind us, their little ones and great-grandchildren of the shoulders we stand on.”
She said: “My grandmother had dementia and spent time with her talking about her younger years – people won’t understand the sacrifice of the elders who came here. Think it’s really important to show your pride where do you come from.”
One of the questions Yvadney often asked himself while painting was, “When are you going to give up styling?” Yvadney doesn’t see having two jobs as a problem and instead wants to show people that it’s possible if it’s something you enjoy. For her, she sees doing “something creative in two different ways” as something to enjoy.
She continued, “You have to be really disciplined with your time. I struggled at first. Over the past few months I’ve prioritized sleep, getting enough sleep and playing with my kids, see my friends Everything to find the right balance I divide my day in two if I can, in the morning I do a photo shoot or send emails, in the afternoon I paint.
“Of course, there are times when I’m tired, so in that case I won’t paint. I don’t want to resent what I’m doing – it should be a feeling of happiness. When I do my hair, it’s It’s like an adrenaline rush. Making art is my passion, it’s soothing, a bit like meditating. Two aspects of my personality that balance each other.
As of October 2020, Yvadney has earned around £10,000 from his painting and understands the importance of having passive income. It’s not his motivation, but rather to show that if you can balance the things you love, you can. She sets limits, she sets a time to spend with her children and her husband and makes sure to be present.
Setting manageable goals is another important thing for Yvadney. At each stage, she makes sure to enjoy all the small wins she gets on the way to the main goal. Yvadney said: “Whenever my kids tell me they want to be a doctor, engineer, unicorn or whatever, I just tell them they don’t need to do a single thing.
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“I will support them no matter what they do. I encourage them to have many options rather than thinking they only have one traditional profession. They are really proud of my art and always tell their friends that their mother is an artist. When people see my paintings, they tell me it resonates with them. They see their stories in my art.