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I have made a big decision today. One, that I hope will greatly affect my career in a positive way and help me grow as an artist and designer.

The decision I made was to join Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells e-course. I have consistently been impressed with the quality of work from graduates of the course and thought that this may be what I need to supercharge my work.

Many people often think that I have quite a successful career as an illustrator, and whilst I have had some good projects and clients over the years it’s never been as busy as I would like. Designing for the commercial market and particularly for fabric, gifts and stationery and kids clothes is my ULTIMATE DREAM, and I hope that Lilla and this course will help re-direct me on the right path to achieving that.

The course starts on Monday, and yes, I am feeling a little nervous and overwhelmed. I feel like I am going to school for real, for the first time. I have even found a brand, spanking new and empty sketchbook that was on a shelf ready for all my feverish drawings and ideas.

I’m ready for a new challenge and I’ll keep you all updated with the course in a couple of weeks.

 

I’m excited to share my new surface pattern collection, Into The Wood. It’s a new direction and focus for me, steering myself away from editorial illustrations to my first love of patterns. Ideally, I will begin to license these designs and as my collections grow, I may consider moving all patterns to a new website.

For now, this is my first fully complete collection, Into The Wood:

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I have been working on a personal project the past 2 weeks designing a range of plates that were inspired by traditional blue and white pottery. I’m trying to design for application and think in terms of commercial use of my work. In an ideal world I would like to see these licensed as real plates, even if it’s just melamine ones, which I think would look great.

These are the first two designs so far but I would like to do at least one more then work on some coordinating patterns for the collection.

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This week it’s a slightly biased post as I am sharing one of the patterns designed by my boyfriend Aurelien. He is soon about to launch his first lampshade collection and you can see one of the first prototypes at the manufacturers below. The collection is very geometric and graphic and they will mostly be screen printed in black and white onto the cotton shades.

We are obviously very excited and eager to find stockists who may wish to find out more about them lamps. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested.

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