Art drawing.Paintings.Handpainted textile,t-shirt,shoes

Sofia, Bulgaria


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An ever-evolving tale of hardship and art.

My name is Elizabeth Angelova.

I was born and I am still living in Bulgaria.
I would briefly describe myself as an eternal optimist and a dreamer.Everything around me is art,even myself.Art is my way of dealing with life's difficulties,and they were and are many.I've even considered writing a book,it could become a bestseller, you know.

My journey into the art world began when I mas a little girl.At that time,my biggest passion was painting,which helped me to live out atleast a decent childhood. Painting put me in my own zone of peace.It was difficult because I come from a divorced family with a lot of gambling and alcohol problems.I have memories that haunt me from when I was 2 years old,memories of drunkenness and gambling, obligations to mobsters,threats,objects breaking,scandals and so on... you can imagine.I started speaking and walking and as soon as I did,I started painting,just to escape the problems in my world.

My mother and I have been struggling for survival all of our lives.Despite all the difficulties, she managed to save both of us,to survive in a worthy manner and together help each other to improve as people and personalities.I am very grateful to her for that.When I say struggle for survival,I mean starvation,misery,moving from home to home,lack of money,lack of a father,lack of a family.It wasn't easy and it's not easy now.I appreciate that these difficulties and hardhip built me as an independent woman with principles.I can make decisions,I can handle myself in a hell of a lot of situations,even with an electric screwdriver :)

My first successfull paintings,strange as it may sound,appeared when I was still in 4th grade at the age of 10.To this day,they sit in frames in the hallway of my primary school.Since then,the my tale of art has begun in a hurry.I started participating in many competitions and winning them.I used my prizes and prize money to support my studies or buy drawing materials because at that time we couldn't afford them. I finished a textile working curiculum high school.There I discovered my passion for painting on textiles and learned many techniques.Again, I participated in many competitions and national competitions and successfully won almost all first places. This success along with the good work a couple of other girls from the school,lead to the increase of the reputation of our high school in the city.At the same time, I took up work from home because I did not have pocket money or any money for art materials.
Towards the end of high school, I started working part-time to save for the ball and also to pay for courses so I could apply to the National Art Academy.Everything for my Prom,of course,was completely handmade.My mother and I all the decorations,gifts snd so on,she even sewed my dress.This way we saved enough money so that I can invest in courses.I graduated from high school and entered the Nationsl Art Academy with honors on all my exams.

My bachelor's and master's degrees were successfully completed with a degree in industrial design.This specialty opened many doors for me later because I became a graphic designer for a large printing house and worked with some of the largest companies in Bulgaria.

While studying at the academy,I even worked night shifts for 12 hours.Sometimes I slept in the car or between lectures in a colleague's studio.Education was not very cheap,and the models and prints I had to make for the exhibition-examinations were expensive.

During my student years,something happened that turned my life 360 degrees,my partner and great love died in a car accident outside Bulgaria.Then I realized how short life is and it is literally a moment we should enjoy with full hands.I was determined to get out of all this crap and misery,and that's when my first idea for a personal logo and personal business began to emerge.I even used the idea for a semester assignment for graphic design at the academy.

After I graduated The National Art academy I worked several years in a printing house,then for a large company as a personal graphic designer. In the end I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and work for myself.I set up a company and a shop for art and handmade products.At the moment I make everything myself.Logistics,accounting,graphic designs,social networks,painted textiles - T-shirts and sneakers,bags,dresses,handmade souvenirs and gifts, everything about business I do myself.It's damn hard,but I'm holding the front line for now.

In Bulgaria,unfortunately,art is not very valued,but I stubbornly want to teach people to appreciate it and to show them the satisfaction that art brings.That is why I want to spread my work outside Bulgaria,because I love to create and make people happy.If you like my stuff you can follow me on:
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