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Lillarogers Rogers: 2014 Global Talent search……

 

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I’m IN!… are you??

Who is Lilla Rogers … And what is this global talent search all about??

Well… Lilla Rogers is one of the top international art and illustration agents.  She has collectively sold over $100 million worth of products and is always on the lookout for new talent. Hence the creation of the Global Talent search…. what a perfect way to find emerging talent and fresh ideas!

This is where I jump up and down and say PICK ME!! Pick Me!

Am I ready? Hmmm.. Probably not. Will I ever be ready? Probably not. So, this is where we, as artist have to learn to take risks and believe in ourselves!

Sooo… I’ve been madly trying to get myself organised for the challenge ahead. I’m living in outback Queensland for the duration of the competition.  So,  I’ve stocked up on all that I hope I will need to respond to the amazing opportunity to create art for a real design brief that will not only be placed before Lilla Rogers herself.. (Blush and swoon) but before a panel of distinguished and successful industry professionals! (Insert more blushing, sweating and swooning).

Here is a sneak peek for you into the tools of the trade I am hoarding for the challenge.  I prefer to work with my hands and I believe that mixed media brings a depth and texture to my art. I also always return to embroidery because I believe that in this modern day we are losing these age old arts, and people are craving the sense of nostalgia and wholesomeness that is found in working with your hands. Embroidery to me evokes memories of morning teas with my Grandmother and great Aunts, of fine bone china, warm milky tea and delicate hand embroidered and lace edged tablecloths handed down from generation to generation. Memories of iced vo-vo’s, honey jumbles and cucumber sandwiches,lemon butter and fresh cream on scones….. My love affair with hand made definitely began a long time ago!

Soo.. Here is a jumbled mess of materials I’ve gathered in preparation for creating something amazing for Lilla! (I hope)

Everything I will need for print making, painting and embroidery.

Everything I will need for print making, painting and embroidery.

Moo Carve can be purchased on Amazon or in select art stores. It is soft and carves like butter.

Moo Carve can be purchased on Amazon or in select art stores. It is soft and carves like butter.

Embroidery supplies

One really can never have enough embroidery floss. It is one of my true loves!

I gather collections of inspiring images and keep them close at hand for colour inspiration.

I gather collections of inspiring images and keep them close at hand for colour inspiration.

watercolours

Water colours are delicate, and pair beautifully with embroidered art.

Soo… You have one more day to register for Lilla Rogers Global talent search “here”… If not, perhaps this year just follow the competition, and be inspired… There’s always next year. What have you got to lose?

Bec x

The Makings of a Surface Designer

Ive been on a  journey for a couple of years now… slowly finding my way to becoming a Surface Designer. For a while, I didnt really know that “Surface Designer” was the title of my dream job. I just wanted to make art that sells… specifically on textiles. So…. Here’s the path that Ive taken…. maybe someone wanting to be a surface designer will read this… and discover how to get there quicker!!

After I had my first son, I was bitterly disappointed by the lack of interesting boys clothes and fabric options. At this stage I hadn’t yet encountered the handmade world, and didn’t know about the wealth of unique fabric designs available on sites such as www.spoonflower.com and  www.etsy.com.

So after I had my second son, I decided to take a screen printing workshop in Lismore with Marina Cavalieri of www.ecogoesdeco.com. She is amazing to work with, and I still incorporate what I learned there into some of my designing!

This is a boys outfit I made from the viking ships I printed with Marina Cavalieri

This is a boys outfit I made from the viking ships I printed with Marina Cavalieri

When I returned home from the course I googled how to make a home made Screen for printing using organza and an oversized embroidery hoop…. This does work, though the screen eventually stretches leading to an imperfect print…. The design is made by painting glue where your design is not……

Home made screen and its successful print..

Home made screen and its successful print..

Eventually I purchased a speedball Screen printing kit! You can find them at “Riot Art” here in Australia for about $99. I now use it a lot, generally I cut my screen printing designs out of contact paper with a razor… This does limit you to one colour per cut, but keeps my costs down as I can keep screen printing with the one screen! Here is an example of my very popular “Bambi” design that I sell via my clothing label “Mustardpots and Butterscotch”.

bambi bunting

I will eventually return to Marina and take the next stage of her course, which will teach me how to create permanent screens with photographic Stencilling!

The next part of my journey into surface design begins with Spoonflower….. but that post is for another day… Have a lovely day

Bec 🙂