The reason I so enjoyed this months assignment was due the unique challenge of bringing two disparate themes together into a cohesive collection. The brief was to create a 'mash-up' of haveli, suzani or otami references with crustaceans. These designs were then to be placed onto plates. I was particularly drawn to the suzani's of Uzbekistan, for their gorgeous floral medallions, and used them as my main inspiration. I used a sweet pink palette to offset the scary crustaceans against vintage shaped plates.
The month of April saw me completing a poster design for the global art gathering, which is occurring in brighton in june. I was inspired by vintage travel posters from early last century. I wanted to create a strong visual impression and spent days refining the composition.
I created this back in February for one of Lilla Rogers boot camp assignments. I didn't end up submitting this piece although I liked the colour palette so thought I'd brighten up my blog and share it with you. This lovely couple are looking pretty pleased with themselves.
Again, I've entered the weekly contest at Spoonflower, this week the theme was Flying Machines. Hot air balloons were a popular choice and I couldn't help but do my own version of these sweet things.
Spoonflower teamed up with Carousel, a baby bedding company, to create a contest for designers, choosing one design from the top ten to be used in their next bedding collection. This was my take on the Southwest theme.
Spoonflower run a weekly design contest which I have been meaning to enter, so this week I set aside some time to create this Beagle themed pattern, celebrating a little beagle named Miss P, winner of 'Best in Show' at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this year, and the cutest pup in town.
Lately, we have been escaping on the weekends into National Parks around the fringes of Sydney. We are trying to train our youngest to become a good little bush walker so that we can spend the day exploring. I madly photograph plants and trees and anything that catches my eye and of course, dream of how it can be applied into my art...such as the design above..https://www.etsy.com/listing/214895693/purse-with-chirpy-birds?ref=shop_home_active_7..
Check out the fantastic grass trees..
I spent quite a bit of time immersing myself in this night scape, trying to bring some colour into the dark for my little characters. They seem happy now so time to move on to my next project....
Folk art for party-ware was the focus this week. It was a fun way to finish up the course and so I gave it all i had. I'm ready to put all my lessons into practice now and looking forward to producing new work.
This weeks brief was to create a map of your local area. Bondi is brimming with colourful characters which was my focus as well as conveying a sense of fun. This type of project is very time consuming so aimed to keep it cheerful.
Week three saw us tackling the Scrapbook market. The theme was vintage ink bottles and capturing memories of your life. I adopted quite a free hand on this piece which felt great to do. Might try another with a more restrained approach too.