I do love a good MATS course. The latest was a children's book class. My subject was Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest.
Today the second round gallery was revealed in Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search and it is AMAZING!! We were asked to design the cover of a dessert cookbook. I knew right away that I wanted to have a birdseye perspective looking over a table filled with desserts, the fortune telling cups from the first round, a variety of patterned dishes, doilies, flowers and a dash of gold. Lilla gave us the option to draw people but I opted to draw hands instead. I can draw people but they seem more appropriate for artwork geared towards kids. This assignment was so fun.
Note to self: Make more food illustrations.
Voting is open to the public for round two: You can cast your vote for your five faves here.
Yay!!! I am so thrilled to announce that my fortune telling cup made it into the semi-finals of the Global Talent Search!!! They chose 50 participants out of 1,000 to go to next round.
You can see the top 50 here.
It's GTS time again!! The assignment for Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search this year was to design a teacup, saucer and paper napkin for a pastry shop. I thought it would be fun and novel to read your tea leaves after enjoying a cuppa. I did a lot of research on tasseography/tasseomancy and the different types of cups that are offered on the market. I found several listed as fortune telling cups or cups of destiny... There are lots of cool vintage versions available out there. I came across some with patterns on the inside but it would require a book or at least a language heavy napkin to go along with it. My solution was to create this hybrid that had two symbols per prophecy and that all the info needed to read your future was in the cup itself.
I believe there are around 1,000 contestants. The top 50 artists will be announced this coming Friday, August 19th. They will be given a second assignment at that point. The competition is stiff to say the least. The talent pool is bananas!
Good luck to all!
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be featured as an alumni success ‘spotlight’ on the Make Art That Sells website! I have said this a million times and I say it again in the interview but the MATS courses have totally changed my life. If you're considering taking one of Lilla's classes... Do it!
Here's a funny story, this interview was published while I was at Surtex (thanks to these courses) and I missed it until now!
I have always had a fondness for tarot cards. I love how each card is packed with symbols and meaning, I wanted mine to be no different. I chose swans since they mate for life and I surrounded them with specific flowers chosen for their meaning: Daisies for attachment, hundred leaved roses for sincere love, lily of the valley for sensitiveness, gentian for gratitude, geranium for sincerity, pansies as the messenger of love and pink flowers to symbolize hope. Plus there's a little looped boarder that signifies eternity.
I was introduced to the Ruth B song, "Lost Boy" about two weeks ago and it has been on repeat in my head ever since. It was the perfect thing to listen to while I finished up this project.
"Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling,
Even Captain Hook—
You are my perfect story book
Neverland, I love you so,
You are now my home sweet home
Forever a lost boy at last"
I rounded out this collection with some ceramics and wood pieces. I looked to the water that surrounds Neverland to find the inspiration for the ceramic pieces. The bowl has directions to Neverland written inside, in case you have forgotten... Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. Plus, I couldn't resist a porcelain paper boat night light.
Wendy Darling has a pet wolf in Neverland. When she comes back to the island, he finds her and they run into each other's arms and after that he remains by her side. I liked the idea of having her wolf as a nightstand to be a child's constant companion while they sleep.
All in all I really loved designing this collection, I'd definitely like to do more :)
And that's all, folks!
Here we have the glass component to the collection. The directions to Neverland are "Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning". I love the idea of the large dual star hanging stained glass night light. I think they'd be beautiful during the day but have a soft green glow at night that points the way to Neverland.
The lampshade refers to a story in one of the Peter Pan books where J.M. Barrie describes human parents writing descriptions of their desired children on folded paper boats or thrush's nests and sending them down the river. In response the corresponding birds fly back over the river to the parents-to-be and transform into human children.
I have a jadeite crocodile planter because I think it's important for kids to learn how to nurture plants. The acorn string lights are a nod to the thimble/acorn exchange between Wendy and Peter, the fireflies are just cute.
My round 2 submission for the Global Talent Search!! Vote now!Read More
I entered Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search this year and am very proud to announce that I am a semi-finalist and one of the Top 50!! I really am bowled over and a bit in shock. It's all very exciting!
We were asked to create a biking shoe for a 20-something hipster girl in Brooklyn with the added challenge of including at least one word. The brief was rather long but it was chock-full on inspiration, color palettes and fonts.
So here's my takeaway... It was hard but it was really fun and I am sooo psyched to go to the next round! Woohoo!!
Metal was the first substrate we tackled in the MATS Home Decor class I took. This was the easiest for me as I earned my BFA in Metal Arts at CCA(C). I have a metal screen printed constellation box with enamel gemstone, a cast bronze swan trinket dish with a cloisonne beak and neck stripes. My favorite piece is the life sized cast iron hand jewelry stand with cloisonne manicure, enamel gemstone and brass ring, cloisonne tattoo that says "Let them eat cake" in French and the cast bronze ruffle cuff which creates a trinket dish at the base of the hand. Lastly, the screen printed brass tray with picture hooks on the back to have it double as wall art.
I visited Versailles for the first time in June and was completely bowled over by it. While I was there I decided that I wanted to do a modern take on it. My Le Reve Collection was inspired by the palace and Marie Antoinette. I wanted it to feel quirky, eclectic yet glamorous and luxe with lots of jewels, lots of gold, sumptuous fabrics and cake!
I just finished up an intense five week class taught by two ultra amazing ladies, Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. The image above are a few of my favorite pieces that I designed over the course. I was inspired by a recent trip to Versailles and wanted to create a more modern livable version of that. The class was broken down into the five major substrates used in home decor. We concentrated on a new substrate each week. I'll break the boards down in subsequent posts.
I am going to an illustration conference in England in a few a weeks (yay!), it's called the Global Art Gathering put on by Lilla Rogers and her crew. Ahead of the event we were asked to create a tea towel representing Englishness... Whatever that means to you. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting the UK so I relied heavily on stereotypical American ideas of England. I was going for big overarching themes. I wanted to represent tea, famous landmarks, music, wars (is that weird?), literature, the monarchy, English gardens, film/tv, food and rainy London. We were asked not to use the Union Jack since that covers Great Britain as a whole but to me (the American girl who has never been to the UK) the Union Jack is the symbol of England... So I snuck it in the margins ;) But I kept the images red and white to align with the English flag. Man alive, I should have been a diplomat.
I made an inspiration board which is also the basic layout of the final tea towel. Click on the links listed below for a glimpse inside my noodle... If you dare... Mwah ha hahaaah!! JK It's like looking into the mind of a 12 year old girl circa 1987. Perhaps not the most exciting, but maybe nostalgic for 40 year olds ;)