Like last year I’m taking the Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp course right now. It runs until May and each month we receive an assignment from Lilla Rogers. This time of year can often feel a bit slow for me in terms of making work and finding inspiration and motivation, so having some structure to work with can really help.
Our first assignment in February was to design a floral journal cover. We were each assigned different flowers to include in the design and mine was Lily of the Valley. The image below is my final design and I decided that I would place that design across the spine of the journal to make it more dynamic and interesting.
I made some other floral arrangements based on the same design and they’re now for sale as a greeting card and postcard set in my Etsy shop.
In March we were given a very unusual assignment, which was to design a set of salt and pepper shakers. The brief was very open and we were able to take it in any direction we chose. I usually do better with more structure than that but I worked through some ideas and decided to keep things fairly simple with these bunny shakers. I imagine they’re be made from ceramic but I could also picture them in wood.
I toyed with the idea of designing them as wooden salt and pepper mills rather than shakers but the idea of twisting the bunnies’ heads, potentially leaving them the wrong way around seemed almost gruesome!
I’m now waiting (im)patiently for April’s assignment and I’m also giving some thought to joining in with the 100 Day Project again this year. It starts on 2nd April (2 days’ time) and I’m still not sure what my project is going to be. Any suggestions?
Earlier this year I worked with ME Action to create a gold shoe pin, which they used as part of a fundraiser. I’ve been working with ME Action again recently and together we created 2 holiday cards based on the same shoe design.
One features this repeating pattern on a red background and inside the message reads ‘Seasons Greetings’. The other is a single pair of shoes on a blue background and contains the message ‘Happy Holidays’.
Both designs are available to purchase through the ME Action shop and all proceeds go towards the work they do campaigning with and on behalf of people with ME.
Right now the ME Action shops ship only to the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK but if you’re in one of those countries there should still be time to receive your cards before Christmas.
This week I’m really excited to share with you some work I recently did with the M.E Action Network. To support their current fundraising campaign we worked together to make this special gold shoe pin. On 12th May, people with M.E place pairs of shoes outside to represent the millions of people who are missing from their lives because of this illness.
Like those shoes, this pin also represents the Millions Missing and it can be worn/displayed all year to help raise awareness of M.E.
These pins are available to everyone who makes a minimum donation of $25 to the M.E Action 2018 Campaign and all proceeds go towards funding the important work that M.E Action is doing. This work includes building community, increasing advocacy, educating doctors and scientists, and inspiring new people to work in this field.
Please help to spread the word by sharing this post and more importantly, sharing links to the fundraising campaign on social media.
Tomorrow (12th May) is International M.E Awareness Day so around the world there are lots of events taking place. One campaign happening across the world is Millions Missing – a day of action, demanding funding for biomedical research and education.
Many people with M.E are too ill to take part in these days of action, or aren’t able to travel. So, they can join in ‘virtually’ by donating a pair of shoes or placing their shoes outside their front door. Photographs of people’s shoes will be shared on social media using the hashtags #millionsmissing and #canyouseemenow.
Each pair of shoes represents one person with M.E who is missing from the life they would otherwise be leading.
Last year on 12th May I shared a drawing of my shoes. This year I’ve worked with M.E Action, the charity behind Millions Missing, to create a design for a gold shoe pin (keep reading to find out how to get hold of one).
What You Can Do
There are lots of ways you can support people like me, who live with M.E but here are 7 things you can do:
For April’s MATS Bootcamp assignment we were asked to design organisational trays/cups on the theme of sewing accessories, or sewing notions. I tried a few different ways of drawing and colouring my ideas and eventually decided on these designs for a tray, some trinket dishes and 3 different storage cups.
For the design of the trays and cups I was inspired by a few things I’d spotted on Pinterest and also in online shops like Anthropologie. With the drawings I decided to stick with simple line drawings in ink which I coloured digitally.
Making patterns is one of my favourite ways to play around with my drawings so I also created 2 repeat patterns using the same images – one using all the drawings I’d made and another that used just the buttons.
This was probably my favourite assignment so far in Bootcamp because the work I made felt very ‘me’. I felt like I was learning new things but at the same time using a style that is familiar and comfortable. We have one more month to go and I’m curious to see what that assignment will be, but in the meantime we have an extra week before that work starts so I’m enjoying a little break and resting as much as possible.