I've just finished a course held by Lilla Roger's illustration agency. It's the brand new course MATS Creating Collections for Home Décor, that covers conceptualising the product design for a whole collection. How to bring your art to life on a wide variety of products made from the five most popular substraits used in the home décor market, wood, ceramics, metal, fabrics and glass.
It was my ambition to not simply paste my art onto products, but to be thoughtful about what special opportunity for creation that each substrate offers. To think about the actual product too, to combine beauty and function. Not to put the art on something but to turn the art into something new - like a metamorphosis.
Art director Margo Tantau, and international art agent Lilla Rogers, provided lots of fun and informational aha-moments, inspiration and knowledge. It's been a blast, I feel like I'm almost exploding from creative imagination, and it's a dream for me to work with the home décor market!
The pace of the course has been extremely intense, especially since it coincided with a busy freelance period where I've been creating around 8 icons or illustrations per day. We all know how little time there can be at the end of the day, after a very long work day, dinner and a minimum of chores! So it's been tough, but very inspiring and I'm still mulling over where to go next with this knowledge.
And before I catch up with connecting with friends and family, doing laundry, responding to emails and other much neglected chores, I've updated my portfolio with illustrations, hand lettering and patterns that I made during the course. I hope you enjoy taking a peek!