Sooooooo...... this happened!
I could not feel more excited, nervous, shaky, weepy, relieved, honoured, thankful & supported!
Here's my final entries below and here's a link to all the incredible prizes! Totally gobsmacked!
And I hope what I write next doesn't sound like some terrible Grammy's speech but I feel compelled to write just a little. Ok, a lot. I'm a feeling & story telling kind of soul so I just can't help myself.
Well I can hardly believe its been a whole year since I entered the 2014 Lilla Rogers Studio School Global Talent Search. I've had an amazing year in so many planned for & unexpected ways.
Somewhere in between all of that, I've managed to care for & keep all 5 children fed, cuddled & loved too.
So right now I'm in the midst of the 2015 Global Talent Search and last week submitted my entry for the semi-final. We had to decorate tins for the gift market.
The gallery of entries is now open for public vote and you can
vote for me by clicking HERE.
I would really really appreciate your vote as I would love to continue learning & growing as an artist from one of the most inspirational women I've met, Lilla Rogers.
The winner of this competition receives two years representation from Lilla's agency which ultimately means... paid work, a chance to be mentored, an opportunity to grow & learn a lot about the commercial world of illustration & surface pattern design. It could potentially mean illustrating a children's book, which has always been a dream of mine!
Here's my submission.
My aim was to develop a concept so that consumers couldn't stop at one. I wanted them to want several or even the whole collection. To do this the tins needed to be delicious but also be functional. By having an overall theme of shops & other buildings in a village or town, a collection idea was formed. By making sure each tin had a purpose beyond just being a lovely tin, they became a visually stimulating organisational strategy. Creating storage for all the 'little stuff' in a home. Everything in its place, a place for everything....
I thought about all the little things someone like myself needs to make day to day life easier. One tin for recipes and/or seed packets was an obvious one. As is a tin to house tea bags etc. But a mini post office I haven't really seen before and in fact it is really useful to have a few gift tags, a book of postage stamps, maybe some washi, little gift or note cards all in the one spot... that kind of tin is useful.
And then I brainstormed about a bunch of other ideas. I didn't have space to put these on the page but I still wanted to sell the concept fully. One of my favourite ones is the idea of a 'First Aid Hospital' kit with bandaids, antiseptic, aspirin, gauze etc.... And of course I myself would have carry about my 'Mini Travelling Art Mart' with me everywhere with tiny set of watercolours, a water brush & mini sketchbook.
Beyond decoration that shows my style, I wanted to demonstrate how all the little icons I love to draw, could be used not only in gift, but in other markets too. Paper & stationery markets, fabric definitely but also branding & packaging surface pattern design.
As usual I packed a lot in to the surface of those tins because I like to offer a lot. Of course all of it can be scaled back as required & if necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. Fingers crossed I get through to the next round!
Next up is my first submission where we had to design a pair of sneakers. From this entry, I was selected by Lilla Rogers to be included into the top 50 in the semi final. For that I am so grateful.
For this entry we were given a demographic to create for. A fictional character was developed along with snippets of her life, her style, things she loved. It was the perfect brief for me. I loved & identified with it all. In fact I wanted to create an entire book about this character, 'A Day in the Life of......'
But the brief was just the sneakers. And although that sounds easy on the surface, there were many things to consider. Did I want a huge pair of sneakers on the page so I could show all the detail? Or did I want to create a scene with lots of details. Tricky. I decided I wanted to show that I really understood the character. She was feminine, a bit badass, definitely quirky, loves French chic style but she also needed practical sneakers that would fit with her wardrobe and could ride her bike in.
So I started setting the scene inside a little boutique [quirky, grungy, feminine, interesting] that had a little view out onto the streets of Brooklyn. You can see her bike leaning up against the yarn bombed tree.
Then I focussed on her. The delicate spider web tights, the henna tattooed hand. She needed some shoes that were able to be worn with the highly patterned vintage clothes that she sometimes wears but that could also offer a bit of colour pop when she's wearing black. She tried on a few pairs of prettily patterned shoes and even some boots with her initial on them but neither were quite right.
Then she found them..... Black high tops with a delicate monotone floral pattern. They weren't over the top and didn't compete with her other clothes. But then if she wanted colour, she could fold down the high top to reveal the brightly coloured larger scaled floral.
Yes I really had fun with this. And the name of my shop? Mimi Bluebell, named after my 3rd daughter Amelia Bluebell. When she was very little, she told us she wanted to be called Mimi. SO Mimi Bluebell she is.
Well now I wait for semi-final voting to finish on Monday 21st September and I'll either be moving on to other projects hanging in the wings OR I'll have the opportunity of a lifetime and win a place in the grand final!
Wish me luck!
I'll be having my last market until the Christmas season, THIS WEEKEND @ Flinders Street Market.
The 2 day event is called Ink Crush & will host some of Adelaide's finest artists & illustrators. So excited to be a part of it!
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3pm.
I'll have plenty of prints & cards. Some new stock & older favourites. Yes I'll have Adelaide maps until they sell out! Hope to see you there!
Life is moving fast! I have so much I want to record here from the past 6 months. I'll catch up soon. But today I'd like to write about a course I recently undertook through Lilla Rogers Studio School. Hosted by Lilla Rogers & Margo Tantau [VP Design & Creative @ Midwest-CBK].
The course was an intensive 5 weeks with one assignment per week, designing a home decor range. Each week we learned all about 5 different & probably the most popular substrates used in home decor manufacture: metal, fabric, glass, ceramic & wood.
I LOVED every minute. Best course I've ever done. Here's my 5 mini collections...
It was such fun designing, creating & decorating products that I would love to have in my home. We were told to just go for it. Create stuff we wanted. So I did. Being a busy mum of 5 & having a full life with lots of things & people to manage, I love [& have to] invest a lot of time into organising our stuff so it can be easily found. I'm also a sucker for pretty & quirky stuff - my house is filled with it. I'm a collector. So I really got into the product development side trying to design things that would make my life easier in my home that I have not been able to find elsewhere.
For example, I know I can get an old frame & cover it in mesh [God knows there's a zillion examples on Pinterest] to house all my earrings etc. but I have not got around to it yet. And wouldn't it be cool to have a nice one that actually also had hooks at the bottom to hang my necklaces & beads on? Yes it would. So I designed it from metal & stuck leaves all around to make it pretty.
Another example, and just a little one that 'makes a difference'. I designed a metal envelope that has a magnet on the back so ideally you'd stick it on the fridge. And it would be a cm-half inch wide and could house little things like upcoming concert tickets plus coupons. Whilst we are not mad on coupons like they seem to be in the US, Jeff & I do collect fuel coupons. Every bit helps right & you get one every time you shop! So isn't it a good thing to have place for these? Every thing should have a home. And on the fridge, its right where you'd unpack your groceries. And its not an unsightly stack of coupons & tickets stuck with a magnet. Its housed in a pretty envelope! See? Pretty and tidy! I thought about it. I want it! And if I can't get it manufactured to sell, I might just go into production for myself because I really do want it! I can handle some tin snips, rivets & soldering iron. Easy peasy. Ha!
So the whole thing was fabulous fun & I learned so much about the home decor market. Really grateful to have access to two amazing teachers. And the community in the course... wow! Lots of lovely new connections & comforting old online friends from other courses I've taken.
Ok, back soon with upcoming market news!
In Spring last year my arty friend Zoe asked if I would like to collaborate on a daily sketching project. Of course I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Zoe.
We launched in November last year on our website, Instagram & on Facebook. Since then we've been busy sketching, colouring and illustrating various icons & scenes on various subject matter, in & around Adelaide.
We currently have a little pause button on our project because we are both so busy with work projects but are eager to recommence soon and complete our 365 day illustrative journey of Adelaide.
Woo Hoo!!!!! I am so excited! And terrified!!! And excited!!! Did I say that already?
Earlier in the year, the lovely Marieke Blokland from The Netherlands told me about her concept for her Art Journalling [European] Summer School and I FELL IN LOVE with her idea.
I would absolutely LOVE YOU TO JOIN ME for this amazing online course along with 10 other fabulous teachers!!!!!!
Us arty types just can't go on holiday without packing a few supplies right? But we have limited time, limited space to pack stuff & maybe we lack inspiration too. In Australia, we are having our winter while the other side of the world enjoys our usual sunshine, but we are often in exactly the same situation right? Baby its cold outside... we want to do a little arty crafty messy making BUT we want to sit by the fire & spread a few things out on the floor or coffee table. So we get a basic kit out and then.... now what?
This is where Marieke's idea comes in! We proudly present to you:
Whether you are on vacation or curled up at home, you are just going to adore watching all our videos & making some fabulous art! While the online course will be run over 10 weeks, you can absolutely go at your own pace. You can access all the videos for a whole year! So wherever you are, whatever you have going on, its easy to participate & you have plenty of time!!
JOIN ME NOW & receive the EARLY BIRD PRICE of only 69 Euros [ AUD$98 approx, depending on daily exchange rate. ] Early Bird rates end May 31st. Full Price 95 Euros [ AUD$135 approx ] from June 1st, 2015.
Still having a little think about it?
Here's why you might like to join me doing this fun course over the European summer/ Australian winter!
* If you've ever wanted to learn some of my mixed media/ art journaling tricks, then now is the time, I don't accept very many teaching gigs! But you don't just get me, you get ALL THE TEACHERS!
* If mixed media &/or art journalling is already YOUR thing but you are kinda doing the same thing over & over & want something fresh injected into your arty mess, then we would love to share our tricks with you!
* If you are an illustrator looking to get your hands messy with traditional supplies, this is a perfect course to dabble in basic supplies & learn a heap of new tricks you can use in your illustration work
* If you are a scrapbooker/ Project Lifer who wants to explore art journalling & mixed media - this is perfect for you!
* If you are confused by so many courses available out there & don't know which one to try.... Our Art Journal Summer [winter] School is packed with quick & inspiring lessons showcasing a huge range of techniques, to get you the skills fast, all for an amazing price! Its like a explosion of techniques & styles, delivered to you in easy to follow bite size pieces.
* If you've never done anything crafty & have no idea where to start, pick us! We will all look after you & guide you through a bunch of really fun & lovely projects.
So what are you waiting for?
I really hope to see YOU in class!