Truth: I grew up in Lake Tahoe and have not been skiing since I was 10 years old!
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!
Each season every member of my collective, Finch + Foxglove, make a new finch image. Here's my summer finch. She's a Gold Finch. I think she's a pretty bird.
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 inspired by Nat King Cole's rendition of Nature Boy. So good.
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 sister thought this would make a funny but morbid valentine. I have to agree.
I headed into the jungle for the fabric part of this collection. Neverland is full of beasts! Lions, tiger, bears and wolves populate the island and of course there's that pesky crocodile that's always following Captain Hook looking for his next meal. We have Tiger Lily's teepee covered in it's own style of night time jungle camouflage. I love a garland and the felt-leaf vine garlands add an air of adventure. Then there's the drum pouf. Either for drumming or sitting.
Whatever floats your boat. Or canoe or whatever.
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 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 ;)