Make Art That Sells: Student Showcase

I’m very pleased to say that my Home Decor designs have featured on the Make Art That Sells, Student Showcase. Click through to read the article

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Wood, Week 5 (my favourite with Pears)

I completed the 5 week long class earlier this year. To say that it was intense is an understatement, but on the flip side my understanding of the Home Decor Market has grown beyond belief.

The course is structured so that each of the 5 weeks is about a particular substrate (wood, metal, glass, fabric and ceramics). Each week the course tutors, Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau explain the substrate and provide background information about the art market.

On Mondays a “mini”art task/theme is set and on Wednesdays the assignment is “handed out”. The final page of concepts is due on Sunday. It’s a very quick turn around.

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Painting flowers and herbs from my garden in gouache

Having enough art to produce a comprehensive collection is the key to making the assignments a success. Lilla says, “It’s all about the icons”, which means painting and drawing, not just a single idea or object but the same thing in a variety of ways.

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The single rosemary spring was scanned in and photoshopped to make the bouquet.

(Ceramics, Week 4)

Photoshop skills are not considered essential but I believe that you need to have a good working understanding of the program (and/or Illustrator too) in order to get the most out of the course. I’ve been a fairly confident and competent Photoshop beginner for a couple of years. I think I would have been struggling to get what I needed from the Photoshop if I hadn’t spent the previous three months up-skilling through various paid courses (Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, Skillshare) and free tutorials (Thank you Teela, from every-tuesday.com).

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Glass, Week 3

The funny thing is that I didn’t even know I was going to do the course until a week before it started (and I didn’t even know it existed three months before that!) I was actually enrolled in a design course that was deferred. However, I was super keen to try out all my Photoshop skills and after a chat about finances with Mr Eden I decided to take the plunge with Make Art That Sells (This is not a cheap course but I believe it was worth every cent).

I absolutely love designing for Home Decor and plan to spend time working on a #FancyCasual range within the next 18 months. My priority is getting Eden Art School started and then focus on the designing.

The next Make Art That Sells (MATS Home Decor) course starts next week. Are you ready to take the plunge?

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