MATS FEATURE

Great to see this little Surtex roundup on the Make Art That Sells blog today. There's also a link to the Facebook Live chat we did with Reine from Lilla Roger's Studio. Was fun!

GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH - ASSIGNMENT NUMBER 2!

So I made the final 50 - wasn't expecting that!... and here's my submission.

The brief for assignment 2 was to design the cover of a cookbook all about desserts for Sunny Spindler (the imaginary character from the first assignment).  I got off to a great start with afternoon tea with my daughter - all in the name of research of course!

Fully refreshed (stuffed! - yes we polished it off) and full of inspiration, I decided I wanted to include pattern, flowers and elements from round one and opted to recreate our delicious treats in my own bright style. I added in my cup pattern on the cake cases and lots of details such as feathers and edible flowers to make it a colourful feast for the eyes!

The gallery of the final 50 in Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search is astounding - so much talent!

I REALLY appreciate all the fantastic feedback and votes I have received so far, if you haven't already voted, you still can until 5pm GMT today - vote for your favourite 5 here.

A LITTLE RECAP ON THE BIG APPLE

I've been back from the Big Apple for a couple of weeks now and just managed to find a bit of time to write a little recap of my NYC adventure!

This May I exhibited at Surtex, a trade show where artists, art agents, licensing agencies and licensors meet with manufacturers and retailers to license work for wall coverings, home decor, textiles, stationery, giftware & apparel.

I exhibited as part of Finch & Foxglove Art Collective along with 7 fellow "Finches" from the UK, Belgium, Germany and the US. We all met over the internet on various online courses, namely Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells (MATS) and Rachael Taylor’s The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (ABSPD).  Exhibiting as a collective is a great way to share not only the MASSIVE costs involved in exhibiting but we also benefited from shared knowledge and each others skills and support.

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Exhibiting for the first time I didn’t know what to expect - I had many worries (as family and friends would testify!) - Would I have enough work? Would my portfolio and promo materials arrive in New York with me? Would anyone be interested in my art? Would I be noticed amidst such talented, seasoned exhibitors? Was there anything I wasn't worrying about that I should be worrying about? and so on...

So it was with a little trepidation I landed in New York. Greg, my husband, also came along too as moral support and we extended the trip so we could spend a few days before the show crossing off a few of New York's must-sees. The last time we were in New York was 5 years previously when we "enjoyed" a rather wet and foggy weekend so it was nice to see the sun (and the top of skyscrapers) this time.

We set up the show on the Friday/Saturday and it was wonderful to meet all the Finches in real life. I'd met a Adriana (Chief Finch) and Mara in Brighton last year at The Global Art Gathering, and Tanya (the other UK Finch) a couple of times over the last year but it was the first time we'd all been together. The setting up of the stand was very busy with the 8 of us, several husbands and a butler(!); our booth was pretty chaotic at times but we were all thrilled with how it turned out.

The show itself ran for 3 days (Sun-Tues) and was based at the Javits Center alongside the National Stationery Show (which was massive and real eye candy for a stationery lover like myself) and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Surtex was consistently busy across the 3 days and we found our booth was quite hectic at points. We got lots of interest from buyers and great feedback on our work from both potential clients and our peers (we even got to Periscope with Lilla Rogers on the final day of the show which was an unexpected surprise. We all came away with lots of followups and contacts and I suppose only time will tell how successful the show has been. Looking forward to going back in 2017 already!

COUNTDOWN TO SURTEX...

Well in less than 24 hrs I'll be hopping on a plane to NYC to meet fellow finches, some for the first time, for our first ever show at Surtex (15-17 May Jacob K.Javits Convention Centre). Today I am finishing some last minute jobs, making lists, packing (& probably repacking) and delivering my daughter, and her 2 guinea pigs, to grandparents in anticipation of our early start tomorrow. So excited to be exhibiting and I'm preparing myself for total visual overload!!!

If you're attending pop by and say hello at #booth 543 - we'd love to see you!

 

PRINTSOURCE SHORTLIST - WHOOP WHOOP!

So excited to find out that I have been shortlisted in the #makeitindesign Printsource competition. The competition was part of the Ultimate Portfolio Builder course I enrolled in last year and the top eight shortlisted entries have been selected by Rachael Taylor, Printsource producer Massimo Lacoboni and the Make it in Design Team.  The brief was to design patterns for a dream client - in my case I chose the gift market and as I'd really love to see my patterns on stationery, journals, gift wrap etc

So I'm now in with a chance to win a booth at Printsource and $1000 towards travel/costs to exhibit in New York this August! The winner is announced next week - the competition is extremely tough and I'm up against some really strong work. Check out the the final 8 at http://makeitindesign.com/blog/2016/01/19/printsource-competition-top-eight-shortlist/

Fingers crossed!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ME!

What a great start to 2016 - lots of news to share!

I was approached last November by Design Crumbs Magazine to do a "day in the life" feature for their January edition. It was fun to do and you can see what I actually get up to in the article below!

Sign up to receive this great FREE magazine at designcrumbsuk.wordpress.com - Great interview with Rachael Taylor too in this edition.

UPPERCASE CREATIVE CALENDAR

Delighted to see my artwork in the Uppercase Creative Calendar this January. Great to see so many familiar names there. My dream now is to make it into the main magazine!

THE GLOBAL ART GATHERING, BRIGHTON

Well I’m back from the Make Art That Sells Global Art Gathering in Brighton and it delivered everything it promised and much, much more.

It was my first trip to Brighton and the fun began on Thursday when I joined Lilla Rogers, her wonderful family and fellow MATSies for a shopping trip. We were guided around the very cool vintage shops and the afternoon became even more surreal when Lilla gave us an impromptu “lesson” on how to find inspiration and identify trends in one of the local shops.

Lilla seemed to have brought the sunshine with her and the fab weather only made Brighton appear more vibrant and inspirational than ever. After the trip we enjoyed ice creams on the beach (mine an excellent rum and raisin cone), followed by drinks and dinner.

The conference itself began on Friday and a real buzz filled the Brighton Dome as everyone got to know each other and put voices to the faces they know so well from the Facebook groups. With people travelling from as far as Australia, New Zealand, USA, across Europe and the UK – it really was a global Gathering.  

The day was packed full of information and insights from Lilla herself and inspirational speakers including Margo Tantau, Kelly Rae Roberts, Rachael Taylor, plus Susan McCabe and Joanne Hus were also there to answer questions.

Sessions included 'finding your creative joy', 'making your mark' and 'how to get your work noticed', a trend review from Lilla and discussions on how to decide whether an agent is right for you. We also did some quirky creative exercises which were fun and got us all thinking!

And to top it all – every submission for the tea towel assignment was reviewed and it was really interesting to see everyone’s very different take on the same brief. What an amazingly, talented bunch of people.

So what did I take away from the day? Well apart from the most amazing goodie bag, I left Brighton with my head buzzing full of inspiration and possibilities, new friendships and a REALLY big smile on my face.