I'm Tim in SW London, an artist and I have been on Universal Credit for 3 years, so decided to go back to fine art which I was first trained in.. I recently started my own business selling my work during COVID-19 (yes rather challenging these days! I was planning exhibitions this year using some of the items I have gotten which had to be cancelled) and have been taking part in Sky Arts Portrait of the Week, Inktober and other online events.
I have received art materials from people on Freegle and other places, such as an easel, acrylic paint and oil sets including the canvas board I used to create the oil self-portrait below, along with the easel, frames, and most recently hardboard which I am recycling for my oil paintings. And a laser printer so I can print my invoices and letters. As well as portraits I do landscapes, plein-air paintings - usually around nature and trees, my 'Dead Tree' series although they're not all dead! So recycling, ecology and reuse is an important part of my work.
All of this is due to the wonderful people here...really has helped when money was short, and I use these items regularly in my work. I love the idea of using free things and helping save the planet too - let me know if you have any other art materials going, always need more!
I have given as well - my old inkjet printer and unused cartridges to a happy home, and have a few other things I will give away probably when the lockdown is lifted. When I moved over three years ago I actually had to donate a lot of my stuff as I couldn't move it all - including an easel, so was happy to get another in return!