Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Philly resident Cassie Jones worked as a part-time manager at Painting With a Twist in Center City, a popular destination for parties and girls nights out where patrons can learn to paint while sipping wine. She also had a part-time job as a special events coordinator for Warehouse on Watts, an event space in West Poplar.
In March, she was furloughed from both jobs. But unlike most furloughed workers, she has no plans to go back once the pandemic is over.
“I’ve actually made more money now outside of my normal jobs,” she said, “and I get to stay home with my dogs who are so happy.”
That’s because ever since Jones was let go from her jobs, she made a point to try to make ends meet financially by working on her art. Jones, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, has been making facemasks, digital drawings, decorative eggs, patch art and sticker art. She’s been selling a lot of it on her Etsy page, but not all of it.