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MetiNews.Com - For Michaela Morgan 2019 was the worst year of her life. It was a whirlwind which saw heartache and despair giving way to resilience and determination. She sep
Breaking News ! For Michaela Morgan 2019 was the worst year of her life. It was a whirlwind which saw heartache and despair giving way to resilience and determination. She separated from her husband, lost her pet and closest companion, and at one stage wouldn’t get out of bed. Having been born in Carmarthen she moved around a lot in childhood due to her father’s role in the Army. But the pull of west Wales is strong, it seems, and she moved back to the town of Whitland as a teenager. Seven years ago, still in her early 20s, she got married. As her husband was in the Army her life would once again return to being one of constant travel and defined by a frustrating inability to lay foundations on which to form her own career. But she had always been interested in art. “I had a job, working in a college in Llantwit Major, that I loved so much,” said Michaela, now aged 30. “But I had to leave due to my husband’s work and we had to move abroad. I think that’s when I realised that I had to do something, that I had to make a change, because we’d been married for seven years and we must have moved five times. "Every year and a half, roughly, we would move again, and I would lose whatever I was doing at the time and lose my friends. “So we separated last year and within two weeks of that my dog Dougie died. He was only three years old and had been battling cancer. I was on the floor at that point, just devastated.” Michaela Morgan at her work station at home (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) It was here that Michaela reached her lowest ebb. She didn’t want to leave the house and relatives would come over to sit with her to make sure she was okay. “I had always wanted to sell my art, oil paintings, portraits, that kind of thing," she said. "I would do them for people I knew and for family members. But I never got anywhere with it in terms of starting up a business because I kept having to restart over and over again.” Michaela thrust herself out of despair and started to read. Self-help books, business books, any literature she could find on digital art – defined as art which is created using technology, where designs are produced and brought to life with a computer rather than a paint brush. “By this point I had started painting as much as possible but then realised that it was going to be really difficult to get my work printed," she said. "Because I kept reading so much about digital art I decided to give it a shot and got myself the equipment I needed to start. “To be honest it was one of the most scary things I’ve ever done but you’ve got to trust yourself sometimes and go for it. Once I got the equipment I found that luckily I took to it like a duck to water.” What happened next is an art form in itself – setting up a business, from home, during a pandemic, and earning thousands of pounds. Between the end of April and the end of July this year Michaela sold £117,000-worth of orders through her business, Mimo Arts. She’s also amassed an Instagram following of more than 27,000 in that time. The 30-year-old digital artist creates her work at home... (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) ...and deals with orders from all over the world (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) During an interview at her Whitland home – one room of which, no larger than 5m x 5m in size, doubles as a bedroom and work station – her phone receives a number of notifications, each one marking a new order to her website. By lunchtime on a Wednesday afternoon she’s made £500 that day.
. She began to create trendy and contemporary fashion art – the kind of pieces you would expect to find in a modern and tastefully-adorned living room. A lot of them focus on iconic brands such as Vogue, Prada, Chanel, and Christian Dior. It might be a print of a shop front, a stack of books, a handbag, a pair of shoes – anything really. Michaela's business has grown rapidly (Image: Michaela Morgan) “I started thinking about the business in January so I put together a plan and started selling a few pieces to people I knew,” said Michaela. “Then I started properly in March and created a website. To be honest with you it didn’t go that well to start with. The website wasn’t really doing anything, it was just there. But then it started to take off in April and it’s just grown since.” Michaela outside her home with her dog, Fly. She lost her other dog, Dougie, last year to cancer (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) That, coupled with her separation from her husband, made her start working from home (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) Michaela has created a number of designs which can be ordered in a range of formats – be it a simple print, a canvas, in a frame – and then a company, often in another country, prints the image their end and arranges for it to be framed accordingly and delivered to the customer. That company gets a percentage of each sale that they are involved in but the bulk of the money goes to Michaela, who continues to work at home, creating new designs and taking care of the customer service side of the business. “It’s really taken off – a company from Dubai have got in touch and asked me to create a design based around their perfume brand and I have a partnership with an American company which enables me to sell over there and elsewhere in the world," she said. “This time last year I wasn’t really aware of digital art. I look back and think of all that time I spent wondering what to do with myself – I could have done this 10 years ago. It was just something I saw one day when someone said you can make a business for yourself from home and get another company to ship the items for you. "It can be quite expensive depending on the product but if it’s something like a poster then it’s quite cheap to ship it out.” The success of the last few months have all been part of a plan that Michaela formed from home (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) 'Anyone can do what they put their minds to,' says Michaela (Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh) Examples of Michaela's digital artwork (Image: Michaela Morgan) The rewards for Michaela have been huge – not just in terms of her capacity to earn money and run a successful business on her own but in turning her life around. It’s a tale which could give hope to many but, at the same time, the talent to create and design is something which is innate. Slap that together with a work ethic and it’s amazing what comes out the other side. “It’s not something that everyone can do I don’t think,” admitted Michaela. “I do work very hard. I would say over the last few months I’ve been working about 12 hours a day most days a week. “It obviously requires more work in the beginning as well because at that stage you’re not quite there. At the moment I have so many ideas that I seem to be working all the time.” For now Michaela is happy creating and earning from her bedroom but her ambition to cross new frontiers is startling – she wants to paint a giant mural on her house and one day she would like to open a gallery in Wales to showcase her art. It’s all a far cry from 2019. “I spent three weeks in bed," she recalled. "I just felt completely lost and without hope and hopelessness is the worst feeling in the world. It was a truly awful time but now I’m able to do something that makes me feel proud every day. "I think that the coronavirus lockdown actually helped me because people have been at home, looking at their homes and wanting to make changes or add pieces to them, and also being in lockdown kind of forced me to work all the time as there was nothing else to do. “I would love it if anyone took inspiration from what happened to me. I don’t mean specifically with art, I mean in anything that they just haven’t done yet. Anyone can do what they put their minds to – it’s all out there, you’ve just got to do it.” With that Michaela, who this time last year was without a job and without hope, closes the door on her home and returns to her work. She might only be returning to a small desk in a small bedroom in a small Welsh town but she has a worldwide business to run from it.
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