Example of the problem:
I'm new to illustrator and am stuck at the last stage trying to export my icon. The image is an example of part of the icon with stippling applied. Straight exporting as svg has a filesize of 8MB and too large for web purposes. I'm hoping there's a way to export and have illustrator automatically delete all the shapes/path outside of the clipping mask (done through draw inside). I've tried flatten transparency at 100% vector, and expanding all the stippling and merging them. This has reduced the file size by a little bit but doesn't solve the boundary problem and is still too large.
I've tried googling but can't find anything that addresses how to efficiently export work with clipping masks. Any ideas on how to proceed would be appreciated.