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Artist Leslie Phillips of Orange Pops is best known locally for her handmade coasters, but because of COVID-19, Phillips has been forced to create work that is lighter in weight and therefore cheaper and easier to mail.
"My coasters are heavy and expensive to ship. I generally sell them at shops and at weekend art events and festivals. So now I am selling stickers and illustrated greeting cards mostly," says Phillips. "I had to scramble to get stuff online so I could get at least some income. My website is the best place to shop."
Some of Phillip's greeting cards address the coronavirus and she says those have so far been popular. She also plans to get more designs uploaded in the near future.
Because Phillips' style of art is colorful and uplifting it's particularly appealing these days.
"I am inspired by bright colors, positive messages, humor and kitschy and vintage styles," says Phillips. "I also would say nature and animals tend to show up in my work more often than not."
Phillips says the pandemic has inspired her to hone new skills, including sewing. Thus, she is offering handmade masks and socks for sale as well.
"I had to bust out the sewing machine and learn a couple things about mask making. It is all still surreal," says Phillips.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.