If you attend an exhibition by artist Lorraine Loots, you had better pack your magnifying glass. As the founder of Paintings for Ants, she creates miniature artworks with intricate detail, using nothing but her paint brush and the naked eye.
Lorraine started the project as a hobby in 2013, and through the power of social media she gained massive international traction. Now she paints these micro masterpieces for a living. Expresso sat down with her to learn more about her relationship with money.
We caught up with Lorraine after the show for a few more questions:
What’s the oldest thing you own that you bought with your own money?
It has to be a pair of Levi’s jeans that I bought when I was 14. They still fit!
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever spent a lot of money on?
While I was living and working in London I had a minimum wage job as a delivery girl. I basically lived on soup for months to save up for a fashionable new wardrobe. One day I got scouted for a modelling job. I took the bus there with all my clothes, and because I was so nervous and excited, I forgot my whole new wardrobe on the bus. That day I learned to live more in the moment not care so much about stuff.
If you had unlimited funds, what car would you buy right now?
My brain says the most environmentally friendly car. My heart says a Jeep Wrangler.