Quirky cups and unicorns.

I've been working on the GTS assignment for the past 2 weeks. A range of prep went through. Mood boards, sketches, panic and stress eating all while trying not to compare myself to the wonderful talent out there.  

I wanted to do something fun but connected. I've always loved getting a plate large enough for desert and my tea so that's what I leaned into. I created a cup and saucer, a desert plate, fork and napkin. 

Final submission  

Final submission  

Below are some of the sketches that went into it. I thought it would be fun to have a theme of plates and cups. A unicorn for magical story, boat for a travel story, a heart for love. 

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I was kinda digging this unicorn.   

I was kinda digging this unicorn.   

Some plate exploration for added measure.  

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First draft and exploration of color. 

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And so it was all done.  

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I am a hermit...

Albeit a creative hermit. This project was part of MATS Bootcamp, run by artist and rep Lilla Rogers. I took the project in a different direction or at least my own interpretation of it. 

 

Show own of hands for creative hermits and introverts.  

Final image as wall art.  

Final image as wall art.  

The initial sketch.  

As a "hermit" I find I spend a lot of time escaping in my own mind. I wanted to explore a way to show journey, quiet, space even when there is none around us.  maybe it's because I work in an open space environment that I crave escape more now than ever. Show of hands for the introverts. 

As a "hermit" I find I spend a lot of time escaping in my own mind. I wanted to explore a way to show journey, quiet, space even when there is none around us.

maybe it's because I work in an open space environment that I crave escape more now than ever. Show of hands for the introverts. 

Making the visual as a card and exploring a pattern on the back. 

If printed I'd add a gold foil finish to the edges.  

If printed I'd add a gold foil finish to the edges.  

Week 5 – Wood medium for Home Decor

The class being over is bittersweet. I truly enjoyed the makeartthatsells.com 5 week home decor class. Seeing all the inspiring work from all the students pushed me to think differently and try more. 

The last week was working with wood. I decided to do a clock, a dresser, coasters, cutting board and egg cups. 

Working with wood

Working with wood

Home Decor Week 4 – Ceramics

I've always loved pottery. Infact I have quite the collection building of handmade pottery from Ireland and the U.S.  

I was very excited about this weeks class. However the week ran away from me and I was left with just my sketches and a day to work on some type explorations and ceramic styling. So here it is. 

There was more in the sketchbook than made it to the page but here is where I netted out.

WILD FARM

Wild Farm hand painted ceramic collection.  

Wild Farm hand painted ceramic collection.  

Bee Wild typography plate  

Detail of plate  

Detail of plate  

Handmade ceramic mugs- finishing style handpainted and sealed with a gloss. 

Detail of cups using feather details for inspiration.  

Detail of cups using feather details for inspiration.  

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Weeks 1-3 of my Home Decor Class

I decided to challenge myself in a market I used to be more familiar with when I worked for Torc Candles in Ireland. As the in-house designer and product developer, I travelled through Europe to trade fairs to see upcoming market trends and meet with buyers from Ireland and the U.K. This is a far cry now from what I do today for a global design firm in Chicago.

I love illustration and home decor so I signed up for Lilla Rogers 5 week boot camp class. It has been a challenge, between pitches, managing a team and daily work load, being a mother getting home in time for dinner and school work and still find time and energy to do the class. 

Even though I haven't given it the time I wanted to, I have tried to put something up every week.  

 

Week 3

Week 3 — working with glass  

Week 3 — working with glass  

Close detail of lamp.

Close detail of lamp.

Week 2

Week 2 — working with fabric

Week 2 — working with fabric

Pillow detail

Pillow detail

Week 1

Week 1 — metals  

Week 1 — metals  

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