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Inspired by the global search for talent-part 2

The Global Talent Search showcase is back due to popular demand!  Today we have Round two of The Global Talent Search hosted by Lilla Rogers studio If you missed Round 1 here it is here. These are just a small sampling of the 1500 entries, but all of these  vintage, playground inspired, journal covers inspire me! They motivate me to try new techniques,play with different mediums and experiment. I think Lilla hit the nail on the head when she suggested this theme . It really gives artists a great way to play and experiment. I have included the artist name below each piece and a link to their blog post about The Global Talent Search.

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Inspired by the global search for talent!

Lilla Rogers is all the rage in my surface design world right now. She has just recently launched her first ever e-course, Make Art that Sells, with Beth Nicholls of Do What you Love and it was a roaring success. Now the two of them have collaborated to host a Global Talent Search.The reward for the winner- a 2 year signed contract with Lilla Rogers Studio. That, my friends, is kind of like winning the lottery in my world.These are two very clever women! I am still unsure of how many entrants they received for the search, but my guess is over 700. There are many out there just dying for a shot to be represented by Lilla. Yes, I am one of them... It's funny because when I signed up for her course I didn't realize I would automatically be entered into the talent search. I am not sure I would have participated  considering I am in the throes of summer vacation with kids. But, after 5 awesome weeks with Lilla and Make Art that Sells I was excited to keep the momentum going and was thrilled to have another mini brief to design around. The brief for the global talent search - vintage inspired playground. I wont lie-my initial thought was ..ugh.. Once again though, Lilla pushed me creatively to create a piece around a theme I had never even considered. Now, I have a whole bunch of playground inspired motifs to play around with for patterns and upcoming art. My mind at work in the inspiration stage... Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted} blog The finished project! I am quite pleased with it.I stepped outside my boundaries, used lots of different medium and even tried some new colors. Julie Hamilton Designs-{artistically afflicted} blog I thought it would be fun to give you a little sneak peek at some other playground inspired journals for the Global Talent Search. The top 50 get chosen and published August 1st, but that's just a bit to far away.I love seeing all the different styles and interpretations. I have included the artist name below each piece and a link to their blogpost about The Global Talent Search (or in some instances just their blog...lots are taking a breather this week!) Mary Tanana on {artistically afflicted} blog Mary Tanana Deborah velasquez on {artistically afflicted} blog Deborah Velasquez Sharon Minchuk - {artistically afflicted} blog Sharon Minchuk Doris and Fred - {artistically afflicted} blog Wendy Flynn of Doris and Fred Rosie Martinez Dekker - {artistically afflicted} blog Rosie Martinez-Dekker Claire Lordon {artistically afflicted} blog Claire Lordon Laura Escalante on {artistically afflicted} blog Laura Escalante Anneline Sophia - {artistically afflicted} blog Anneline Sophia Cat Athena Louise - {artistically afflicted} blogCat Athena Louise Miki berman on {artistically afflicted} blog Miki Berman Rachel Place on {artistically afflicted} blog Rachel Place Maike Thomas on {artistically afflicted} blogMaike ThomaTina Devins on {artistically afflicted} blog Tina Devins Isn't it amazing to see all the different interpretations and styles?I love all the different medium used from chalk to embroidery. Lots of look at! Best of luck to everyone who entered! I will keep you posted on how it all rolls out. It should be very interesting!
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Learning from Lilla Rogers - Part 2

I am sad to say that my time with Lilla and my new community of friends in Make art that Sells has come to an end ~ at least for the time being.Part B starts in October and I am signed up and ready to go.I have an idea of what to expect this time around and plan to be fully prepared. The next couple of months will be a well needed break as I have quite a few ideas on how to change and improve things around here. [caption id="attachment_4710" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Creating moodboards to inspire[/caption] I  have to admit that I am always a little sad at the end of any course. I find it very motivating to get into a schedule of creating and I have discovered that I love creating to a brief. I find that my best work is produced when I explore a theme.I love all the ideas and fresh outlook that it creates. [caption id="attachment_4711" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Mixed media-paint, paper,ink and some sewing too![/caption] My time with Lilla has taught me to approach my art with a new sense of wild abandon.Well, not too wild, but full! She had us explore many different mediums and I found that a lot of my learning was actually applied  to the creation of my artwork~ experimenting and trying new things. I am definitely going to try to incorporate lots of new techniques into my work and I may even sit down and finally conquer photoshop.  My hope is to find a way to incorporate my traditional and digital worlds. Most of my favorite pieces from other students in the course were those that had a combination of techniques. I truly believe that skill in both is necessary to market yourself. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I thought I would share some of my learnings from Lilla~ a few that I have tucked away and use when creating to remind me to step it up! Learnings from Lilla: 10,000 hours - yes, it is true. It will take many hours of (free) time and devotion to perfect your craft. You have to have a lot of patience and perserverance.Create everyday. Every mark is a learning experience. Keep exploring- try new things.Experiment with new techniques and different mediums.Every mark is a teaching experience. Keep an art journal. Delight your audience. There are in house artists that can make polka dot patterns-your art needs to surprise and delight your audience. Discover your passion~ what gets you excited? I know that marks, texture and color get me going.I love layers too.Discover your passion and work it. Go the extra distance.Think about how to make your art just that little bit different from everyone else. Think about how you would like to present it to the world. Contrast~your work has to stand out in a thumbnail.Use color, contrast and texture to make it pop. Don't compare - easier said than done. I was amazed at the talent in our community. Blown away may be a better way to describe my reaction to the completed assignments. Lilla constantly stresses that you are on your own journey and your style will find it's time and place.Stick with your style - work your style. There is a place in the market for everyone. [caption id="attachment_4712" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Mixed Media-paper, pen,paint[/caption] Stick with a theme. Have a focal point. Use different mediums to get your point across. Work your composition. Use wonderful, fresh color! [caption id="attachment_4715" align="aligncenter" width="550"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Hyper-lush zipper pouches. My favorite assignment.[/caption] The list goes on and while many lessons are those that you have heard before, it is nice to be have them presented in a new light and with examples. I have mentioned this before, but Lilla really opened my eyes to many new possibilities of what I can do with my art..and she provided lots of examples. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have so much more to share, but I think it's time for you to consider this course for yourself. I know I was a tad skeptical going in, but I can safely say that it is time and money very well spent!You wont be disappointed. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at For more info - Make Art that Sells For Part 1 of Learning from Lilla see here! I am participating in Lilla's Global Talent Search. I will give you a sneak peek next week!
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Learning from Lilla Rogers

I am half way through  Part A of Make Art That Sells. We have covered Bolt fabric, Home decor, Children's Books and Wall art. My eyes are wide open and my heart is beating a little faster.The possibilities for surface design are endless and as Lilla likes to say  "There's room for every style, trust me" Lilla has introduced me to a multitude of ways to get my art out there into the world. Markets that I would have never considered - think.. tattoos, stickers, coloring books,ornaments,ceramic art, wall decals. The list is endless. She has me considering opportunities that I would never have dreamed possible.She also has me a bit overwhelmed and thinking that the time is now to start thinking about my art, my brand and my direction. For now though, I think I will immerse myself thoroughly in all aspects and enjoy the introduction to all of the possibilities that are out there. I am feeling creatively stretched to push my work just that little bit further. I am raising the bar. julie hamilton designs-art journal page Sharing a few art journal pages with you that I have created during my time in the course ~my visual way of thinking, finding direction and just plain old daydreaming. julie hamilton designs-art journal page The course has been  full of interesting information.I appreciate how Lilla has broken down the art assignments into smaller bite size pieces.Instead of being faced with the daunting task of creating one large piece, she has you slowly creating everyday, using the smaller parts to make up the greater whole.It is a  nice and easy way of approaching the, sometime ,overwhelming big white canvas. [caption id="attachment_4632" align="aligncenter" width="560"]artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs working some of my hand drawn kitchen elements into some sort of cohesive whole[/caption] julie hamilton designs - #make art that sells Taking time to add detail and interest my goal, to "delight my audience and blow myself away"..I love that! I think that quote is going to have to go up in my studio. Lilla encourages you to follow your heart, create what you love and create things that get you excited. Your enthusiasm and joy will shine through in your work  "People buy your joy" julie hamilton designs - #makeartthatsells "See the world around you as raw material". I never thought I would have so much fun and find so many ways to illustrate a plain, old mushroom. julie hamilton designs - #makeartthatsells Lots of daily reminders and encouragement to be authentically you ~ create how you love to create ~ but don't be scared to try new and different media and tools. Approach your work with an open mind. Round? Yes, round! julie hamilton deisgns - #makeartthatsells I am  loving Lilla's  enthusiasm for her course. I feel she is really present in our community and classroom. She is a wealth of information and loves to share. She is a teacher in the true sense of the word. Yay for Lilla, our Momacita Fairy Godmother! More to come next week for Make Art that Sells ~illustrations, wall art, editorials and more. Watch out for Lillas  Global Talent Search starting this week! I will be back later this week for another creative process blog post! Enjoy the sun.
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Inspired by Surtex 2013

Well NYC has officially beat me! I have escaped to Central Park for the afternoon. Sitting here on a rock under the trees,I can still hear the dull roar of the city behind me. It's mayhem out there! I love the energy and inspiration NYC provides but,after 3 days, my thoughts drift back to a more peaceful way of living. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog My trip here to visit Surtex 2013 has been a great one. I have  been on a roller coaster ride of emotions-super excited,starstruck,overwhelmed,relieved,anxious - just a few emotions that have swept over me the past few days of Surtex. All of this accompanied by some very sore feet from all the walking! I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to walk the show for my first time this year. I followed all the rules of etiquette but discovered quickly that they are just guidelines. Everyone is super friendly and very helpful. I took pictures with permission, spoke to many of the artists, handed out a few business cards and generally made connections with others within my community. I had the opportunity to meet up with many of my virtual-world designer friends.  I loved spending time with them, they are always full of enthusiasm and good advice! Many exhibitors I spoke with during the show commented on the importance of working within a community. Many of us sit at home daily designing and need to have designer friends to reach out to in times of need. These are your people! [caption id="attachment_4445" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Some of the girls from our love of print & pattern group
Kim Andersson,Suzie Tremel,Julie Hamilton,Deborah Velasquez,Mary Tanana, Maeve Parker[/caption] I still don't have enough trade show knowledge  to answer the question that everyone keeps asking " Are you going to show next year?"  Many thoughts are running through my head and they may be off kilter. All I do know is that Surtex isn't something one takes lightly! You need to have your style and your brand down and it needs to be different and uniquely you.You need to stand out - even before you get to the show. I believe a lot of your connections have to be made beforehand. They need to know you are out there. I also believe you have to commit to the show for a few years and slowly develop your connections. You need to have a 3-5 year plan of  surtex attack. As with any brand you need to be consistent and present. Lastly- Know your market. [caption id="attachment_4449" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Sarah Watts of Wattsalot - my favorite booth![/caption] I do believe that it is a great community and place to make connections.The show is super organized and well presented.Everyone is happy, helpful and supportive.If you need a little break from pattern then you have The National Stationary Show and International Contemporary Furniture Fair right next door. I spent hours walking the aisles in awe.Home furnishings, paper, pattern,typography - it was my little piece of heaven. [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Caleb Gray -[/caption] Some delightful designers I had the opportunity to meet and chat with. [caption id="attachment_4447" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Cindy Lindgren -[/caption] Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of some of my other favorites - Jessica Swift, Elizabeth Olwen, Alex Columbo, Monica Lee, Pink Light Studios, but they were all there. I felt like a bit of a surface pattern design groupie! [caption id="attachment_4448" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Kim Gann- Karen Reeves-[/caption] I was very fortunate to have some chat time with Lilla Rogers of Lilla Rogers Studio. Lilla is a leader in the art and illustration industry.My first impression was wow-now that's a teacher! [caption id="attachment_4446" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Lilla Rogers, Deborah Velasquez, Julie Hamilton[/caption] Lilla is a teacher and it becomes most apparent when in discussion with her. She loves to talk and her enthusiasm for art and willingness to share is limitless. I was lucky enough to bump into her on three separate occasions (I may have been stalking her just a wee bit...) and each time she was engaging and fully present, asking all the right  thought-provoking questions of me and providing me with thoughtful answers of her own. I still haven't signed up for her course. Make Art that Sells, which she thought was quite funny, but I really want to now. Fingers crossed! If you have any questions about Surtex please don't hesitate to email me at Goodbye NYC! Next week this time I will be camping ,with no power or running water, in the middle of Vancouver Island in B.C.. Talk about extremes! Have a great weekend!
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