In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Femme Frugality will be hosting a series of Wednesday articles that focus on the financial challenges and triumphs those on the spectrum face and achieve.
Today, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to #StandWithSmall business owners, I wanted to bring back this post. All of the featured pieces sold, so the features have been updated to reflect the freshest of what’s out there.
I wrote it a couple years ago before moving into my new place. It’s frivolous if you’re facing economic turmoil right now.
But if you do have some money to spend and are looking to use it in support of others during this crisis, check out these amazing Autistic artists.
I’m getting ready to move in the very near future here. It’s the first time in my life that I’ll have complete control over how my place is decorated, and I’m pretty psyched about that part.
In my mind’s eye, I can already see a couple blank spaces on the wall that I want to fill. While I’m not sure I will — because budget — that didn’t stop me from engaging in my guilty pleasure: browsing Etsy.
Because it’s Autism Acceptance Month, I decided to check out autistic artists on the platform. Last year, I got a pair of earrings that really spoke to me (words I never thought I’d say) from an autistic artist who communicates primarily through visuals. As April snuck up again this year, I realized I should be doing this more than one month out of the year.
Here are some of the artists I’ve found, and pieces of their work that I love.
I’m in love with so many things in Rory Doyle’s Etsy Shop. This one is the Rise of the Jellyfish.
This autistic artist has many pieces featuring wildlife, landscapes and abstract designs.
If you love cats, you will love Margaux Wosk’s shop: Retrophiliac.
I mean, kittens in teacups, ski bum kitties, Picaso cats — the list goes on, and all of it is delightful.
Cadence is an 11-year-old Australian girl who has produced a fair amount of art and writing for her age. Some of her work has focused on autism and spreading acceptance.
Gah, I had such a hard time picking just one from this shop! Sarah Neat-Sullivan has a lot of work up on Etsy. Some of it’s related to autism. Some of it isn’t. She has jewelry, paintings, and art made from felt or stitching.
It’s all pretty amazing, but the one I chose to show you is called The Slow Breathing of a Hill.
Those Blank Spaces
My budget may restrict me from filling those blank spaces right now, but when that’s no longer the case, I’m excited to turn to one of these artists to fill the void.
In recent years I’ve moved from the mindset of simply spending the least amount of money possible to holding off on the purchase if possible (it’s not, always) until I am able to make a purchase that supports people or companies doing good things.
Would you open up the Amazon app and get the $10 poster delivered to your door tomorrow because you pay extra for the extra-fast delivery service?
Or would you save up for meaningful art, letting the void just sit till your budget’s ready — forget aesthetics?