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Industry Expert: Kristine Brogno – Illustrating Children’s Books class


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Those of you who have taken our Make Art That Sells classes will know how valuable it is to hear from a professional and expert who works in the industry day in, day out, and can communicate what they look for from artists.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are excited to reveal some of the amazing Industry Expert interviews and articles we have lined up for our ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class, so you can get even more valuable insight and know-how on becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator.

Class begins on Monday, October 2nd and is almost full! You can still register HERE

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Today, we reveal that Kristine Brogno, Design Director, Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books will be one of our expert interviews in class.

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Kristine Brogno is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of artists on children’s books and products — from first-time illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Julie Morstad, Suzy Ultman, Molly Idle, Sara Varon, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two sons.

We are excited to share Kristine’s expert tips with you in class!

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Are you ready to dive in and make a commitment to your success as a Children’s Book Illustrator?

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Industry Expert: Emily Ford – Illustrating Children’s Books class


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Those of you who have taken our Make Art That Sells classes will know how valuable it is to hear from a professional and expert who works in the industry day in, day out, and can communicate what they look for from artists.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are excited to reveal some of the amazing Industry Expert interviews and articles we have lined up for our ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class, so you can get even more valuable insight and know-how on becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator.

Class begins on Monday, October 2nd and is almost full! You can still register HERE

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Today, we reveal that Emily Ford, Senior Commissioning Editor for Macmillan Children’s Books UK, part of leading publisher, Pan Macmillan. Emily will be sharing a wonderful piece on ‘How to write a children’s book’

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Emily has commissioned authors and illustrators for the award-winning list for over ten years. Having previously worked at Harper Collins and Penguin Books, Emily now specialises in creating highly illustrated picture books, gift books and novelty and activity titles, working closely with established authors as well as developing newcomers to the industry.

Emily has also worked on well known brands, such as The Moomins, The Gruffalo and Charlie and Lola. She is a judge on the annual Macmillan Prize for illustration, was judge for the AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 and part of the Berlin Pictoplasma Festival 2016.

We are excited to share Emily’s expert tips with you in class!

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Are you ready to dive in and make a commitment to your success as a Children’s Book Illustrator?

Sign up HERE. Hurry! The last remaining spots are going fast!

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Industry Expert: Kate Clarke – Illustrating Children’s Books class


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Those of you who have taken our Make Art That Sells classes will know how valuable it is to hear from a professional and expert who works in the industry day in, day out, and can communicate what they look for from artists.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are excited to reveal some of the amazing Industry Expert interviews and articles we have lined up for our ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class, so you can get even more valuable insight and know-how on becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator.

Class begins on Monday, October 2nd and is almost full! You can still register HERE

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Today, we reveal that Kate Clarke, Fiction Art Director at Harper Collins Children’s Books will be one of our expert interviews in class.

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Kate studied Visual Communications at Leeds College and Art and Design and has since worked at some of the UK’s leading publishing houses, including Random House, Penguin books and Bloomsbury.

Kate has over 15 years of experience and has spent the past four years at Harper Collins, working closely with a variety of illustrators to create some of the best loved publishing brands and books. She works across the list from bestselling authors such as David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo and David Baddiel, to new and exciting debut authors such as Ross Welford and Steven Camden.

We are excited to share Kate’s expert tips with you in class!

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Are you ready to dive in and make a commitment to your success as a Children’s Book Illustrator?

Sign up HERE. Hurry! The last remaining spots are going fast!

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Industry Expert: Kristine Nobles – Illustrating Children’s Books class


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Those of you who have taken our Make Art That Sells classes will know how valuable it is to hear from a professional and expert who works in the industry day in, day out, and can communicate what they look for from artists.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are excited to reveal some of the amazing Industry Expert interviews and articles we have lined up for our ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class, so you can get even more valuable insight and know-how on becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator.

Class begins on Monday, October 2nd and is almost full! You can still register HERE

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Today, we reveal that Kristine Nobles, Art Director at Candlewick Press, will be one of our expert interviews in class.

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Kristin is the Art Director at Candlewick Press and the Group Art Director for the Entertainment Imprint globally for Walker Books in the UK and Australia, and Candlewick Press in the US.

As an Art Director at Candlewick, Kristine establishes stylistic direction, collaborates with, and manages the department workload of 12 designers and approximately 80+ original projects per season; as well as scheduling all those projects — a wide variety of genre from young board books to novelty, chapter books through illustrated middle grade and young adult novels.

Kristine evaluates picture book manuscripts pre acquisition and works to match text with illustration post acquisition, including negotiation of illustrator contracts. She personally art directs and designs several picture books and illustrated fiction titles per list.

We are excited to share Kristine’s expert tips with you in class!

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 4 {2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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SARA FRANKLIN | SARA FRANKLIN DESIGN LLC

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Sara_Franklin_BioPic_webI designed this bedroom set to be relaxing and calming, mixing colors and textures to create a happy, warm feeling. I would love to have a bedroom with this duvet cover and colors!

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

I learned how to let go and follow my instinct. I felt the most happy when I was enjoying the process, instead of worrying about the outcome each week. I really loved creating a cohesive collection. Going more in depth into a theme helped me to discover something new each week. Lilla and Margo gave me permission to be free!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered a way that I love working, and to follow my joy! I learned that sometimes getting started is the best thing to do to get unstuck because the process will lead you to where you want to go.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is fun, exciting and extremely informative! The Facebook group is also very valuable with so many talented artists that support each other. Lilla and Margo will guide you through all the nuts and bolts that you need to create your own unique collection. They will give you excellent guidance to move forward in this industry with confidence!

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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LALA BOWER DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION

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Short Description of Image: Dollhouse Flowers Collection – Love blooms here! Designs hand painted in watercolor made for ceramic kitchenware and dinnerware.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The MATS Home Décor class helped me grow as a designer by introducing us to different finishing techniques used on different materials used in home decor that I wasn’t familiar with. I don’t think there is any other course like it that shows you different finishing techniques. It opened my eyes to a new market for my designs and illustrations.

What did you discover about yourself?

Oftentimes as a designer and illustrator we strive to create graphics that follow trends and tailor our graphics to what is already out there. Or to make our illustrations look “perfect”. I learned in this course that what is most important is to tap into your own uniqueness or quirkiness rather than just being a follower of trends. This is brought out through the process of doing her “minis” before the actual assignment. The minis allow you to draw and play without the pressure of having it look a certain way or to fit an end product. So by the time you get the actual assignment, you have explored much of your uniqueness and that it becomes a big part of your overall design. This is especially important when you are in the process of looking for your own signature illustration style.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe the Home Décor class to a friend as a fun way to rediscover your unique style as an illustrator and Lilla Rogers shows how you can capitalize on that and help you turn it into a business.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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LEAH MALMOS

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This is my favorite image because I can imagine this room in real life. I really wish I could buy my pom-pom floral rug!

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor class helped me grow by having access to industry trend boards and amazing product mockups. Having an inside edge to the current trends in the home decor market is essential in a “trend-driven” market.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered about myself that if I am given a direction and color palette it is much easier for me to get into the act of art-making instead of market research. The trend boards give me the confidence to go “all in” in my style.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If I were to describe this course to a friend I would say it is a high intensity 5 week course where you will explore and design for 5 substrates inside of the Home Decor market with industry pick of the hottest trends. Also with a amazing, supportive online community and live reviews!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 3 {2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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KATE BILLINGSLEY

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This is my collection of teacups, saucers and plates for ceramics week. It combines detailed gold linework with flashes of watercolour against rich jewel tones. This was the week I had a few revelations, and I finally figured out my art style. I tend to go for darker, richer colours as a rule, but this was also the week I finally understood why contrast is so important – hence the paler parchment background to make everything pop.

How did the home decor class help you grow?

I was an artist unsure of my style – I liked to do so many different things, and didn’t understand how to bring it all together. But just as Lilla advises, I kept at it – kept making art, and finally it all fell into place. Because the course is so intense it really pushes you to make so much, to explore so much – and (importantly for me) teaches you that you CAN be disciplined! It’s really amazing what you discover you are capable of, when you see the quantity and quality of the work you have at the end.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The course is so valuable even just for the amazing and supportive facebook community – it is such a lovely, safe and supportive place to ask each other questions, share knowledge, and just be generally supportive and uplifting. The ability to ask Lilla and Margo questions during the course was fantastic as well, to get a more in-depth idea of how the industry works, what to do, how to pitch. I left the course so much more confident, and with a direction and a plan.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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ASPA GIKA | ASPA GIKA STUDIO

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aspagika_portrait_325This is my favorite board because adding the notes, patterns and PMS swatches makes the board ready for any presentation.

How did the home decor class help you grow?

The HOME DÉCOR class has helped me grow in many different ways. It expanded my horizons as an illustrator and designer, and it completely pushed me out of my comfort zone. Lilla and Margo are such an inspiration. Their reviews, feedback and encouragement helped me elevate my art to the next level, and not to be afraid to experiment with new techniques and color pallets. They helped me visualize my artwork on different objects and surfaces, while at the same time the realistic creative briefs and time schedules taught me discipline and efficient time management. I really enjoyed the minis every week, and especially the Facebook feed from my Home Décor class friends, who were all so supportive, creative, and amazing.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I could push myself one step further every week so that my designs would look better than I initially imagined. I learned that I always need to allow myself some extra time at the end of the assignment so that I can take a step back and review and refine my design. The course has changed the way that I see my work and made me realize that the sky is the limit.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would definitely recommend the course to a friend who would like to create a new body of work for the home décor market. The course is intense, but you see your work improve quickly and at the end you have a complete body of work for your portfolio. The fellow artists are also incredibly supportive. Just watching everyone’s growth and unique style is an inspiration itself.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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PORTIA MONBERG

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portia_light_portraitI’m sharing my image from the glass week because it represents the moment everything began to click for me in the class. My graphic whimsical style and the assigned color palette came together in a way that made me very happy. It definitely felt like an aha moment that would not have happened without the discipline and structure of the class combined with the extremely insightful reviews by Lilla and Margo.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The class helped me learn how to use my graphic style in a way that would be appealing on a variety of substrates. I also learned how to create a variety of icons that are different but at the same time related visually.

What did you discover about yourself?

Over the years I’ve really struggled to find my signature style. I tend to work in a number of different mediums and styles. In this class I discovered that I do have at least one style that I can build on in a consistent way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you are looking for a challenging and fun class in with incredible community support, I highly recommend the Home Decor class.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 2 {2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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JULIET JAMES

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JJprofile2016600pxThis is my presentation sheet for MATS Home Decor, wood/mdf week. The theme was Paris Love Nest and this piece shows my ideas for surface design and finishing techniques for a collection of wood items. It’s my favourite because it was for the final week of the course, at which point I felt my ideas finally clicking into place. It was the turning point in defining what I feel is “my” style.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The course was incredibly intense and a huge learning curve, so I had to really think on my feet and work very quickly, whilst taking on board how to improve my work every week. I could really see my style develop and my confidence grew over the 5 weeks. It was invaluable learning some valuable industry insight from Margo Tantau.

What did you discover about yourself?

I rediscovered how totally in love with drawing I am and how to turn my ideas into 3-d concepts across many substrates.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The most intense 5 weeks of your life, but very rewarding! It’s a fast track way to discovering your true artistic self.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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GRACE TOTTEN

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FullSizeRenderThroughout the MATS classes, ceramics has become such a favourite of mine! This board was a lot of fun to do in the Home Decor series, it was so exciting seeing your illustrations coming to life on ceramic homewares. I also started to feel a lot more comfortable at this stage in the course doing hand lettering which has led me to pursue that more & really push myself in that field.

How did the Home Decor class help you grow?

The Home decor class was truly amazing, a lot of work pushing myself out of my comfort zone but it was so so fun! It opened my eyes even more to where I can gather inspiration. It also gave me a lot more creative areas to go into, i.e hand lettering.

What did you discover about yourself?

I did discover that I need to trust my own instincts a lot more, instead of dwelling on ideas for too long & worrying whether they work or not. If you love it then go for it and really enjoy it!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The Home Decor class is a complete game changer when it comes to your work. It enhances your best talents but pushes you into exciting areas of design which you never envisioned your work. The support of all the other talented designers really helps you creatively. You just have so much fun & learn so much but also come out with some great creative buddies.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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MELISSA MEEKS | MELLMEE COMPANY

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Artist Mellissa Meeks Profile Picture 2I chose the “House of Whimsical Birds” for my theme for the Home Décor assignment with a coastal theme, with the soft muted peach of the shabby chic chair, and all colors of whimsy to me… sea blue and whimsical birds and the little cat that’s almost hidden, allowing the little blue birds to perch perilously upon his furry head…to bring a smile, and make people feel happy and carefree. 

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor course, and Lilla Roger’s advice, and guidance, really encourages us to embrace what we envision, to be confident in our own unique artwork. That our artwork being different is a “good” thing, it’s what people are looking for and therefore, makes an artist memorable and attractive. The course encouraged us to slow down, and study the specific color schemas/palette and making several objects come together.

I was also very excited that our artwork would be reviewed by so many talented and successful creatives in the industry, I both recognized and respect, providing valuable feedback and the “spotlight” of some of our work – really invaluable. I also want to thank Lilla Rogers for making personal appearances on Periscope series, and displaying other artist’s work, and addressing our questions, and encouraging us to all participate…it was just so warm, and resonating – and so connecting with other artists and creators.

It provided me with a new level of confidence, and encouragement to pursue my dream of my own artistic “Artware Bakeware” TM, which influenced my specific patterned artwork, “Tropical Oranges”, and “Margarita Cheesecake” encouraged by the new techniques, and guidance from Lilla Rogers in the Home Décor Class. My vision became my reality, and currently, my innovative Artware Bakeware metal baking pans and Ceramic coated pans manufactured and featured at a with LuLu’s Restaurants featuring Lucy Buffett, celebrity chef, and inspired by her recipes in her new cookbook.

What did you discover about yourself?

Really listening and absorbing Lilla Roger’s journey as an artist and a designer, her message was very clear, direct and resonating. Do not shy away from calling yourself an artist, a creator, a designer, etc. She is also very educated and has great recommendations for you to read, greatly assisted me in finding my distinct purpose, and identifying what is really the center of my art passion.

She repeatedly emphasized the need to continuously build your own unique presence, to hone your particular style, and not shy away from being different, and unique in the artwork you are creating. And as you know, we truly never stop growing, learning and expanding ourselves as creatives. To be unique and while being cognizant of the trends and markets, and studying what is “popular”, don’t let it be your driving force, to work on “honing” your own unique and individual style – which is what really begins to build my “brand” and that resonated with me and was my “take away” from the Home Décor course with Lilla Rogers. Draw and create what YOU like and do this a lot.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I actually have described this course to several of my friends who are creators, artists and designers, and I also brought it to the attention of new business prospects, design companies that are reviewing my art portfolio for potential products, this is a very impressive accomplishment to list on your artist bio/resume.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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SHARON MONTGOMERY

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This image is from Glass week. The trend board was Paris Love Nest which had gorgeous, rich colours and this image is my favourite because I feel like I had an art breakthrough and was finally able let “me” show.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor class helped me grow as an artist because it opened my eyes to all the possible applications of art on products. I felt free to explore my painterly style without fear. I discovered that people respond to the looseness of paint, which was a bit of a relief, to be honest!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would tell a friend that if you have a passion for interiors and home décor and have always imagined your art on products, this is the course for you! Each week, a different substrate is explored, the trend boards are current and fun and Margo Tantau’s and Lilla’s tips and explanations are always fascinating and entertaining. The course is so nice I took it twice!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 1 {2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our previous session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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JAMIE KALVESTRAN

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Jamie_Kalvestran_Lowertown_Studio_400pxThis image includes one of my favorite items from each of the five substrates developed in the MATS Home Decor course. Textile Quilt or tablecloth, Ceramic Tea Set, Metal Perforated Candle Holder, Glass Embossed Bottle, Wooden Serving Tray.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

Oh my gosh, I hate to admit it but I was one of those people who slapped the same artwork on everything. I learned bucket loads about presentation, how to make your artwork stand out, what an art director looks for in a collection and how you can make their job easier. (which means they will want to work with you again)

Q2. What did you discover about yourself?

My back ground is in 3-D product design and textile design. But, strangely enough I had very little experience designing artwork for a three dimensional product. I previously had designed either 3-D products or 2-D prints for textiles. In this course I learned to meld the two. I can now offer the whole package to my existing customers. Plus, I can move forward with confidence working with future customers who produce products in any substrate.

Q3. How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is very intensive. When they say, “clear your schedule”, they mean it and so do I. You get out of it what you put into it, so don’t skimp on time and effort. It’s a wonderful wonderful opportunity. Immerse yourself. Margo and Lilla have so much to share. If you do the work, you will walk away with beautiful portfolio pieces to present to your customers.

FYI-I loved the course so much I took it twice!

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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MARGARET MARTINEZ |DESIGN BY MARGARET

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12063868_10207875462829556_6257951586055357146_nKey/Coat/Scarf Rack, Lamp, Breakfast Tray, and Wallpaper. This was my favorite one because as I got closer to the end of class, I started getting a better understanding of what to do artistically. I like the colors of this piece and I like my drawings, especially my birds. They are my little birds, I created them completely from my imagination and I love seeing how what you draw/paint can be used in so many ways.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor class with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau have helped me tremendously as an artist. I have gained so much knowledge on art in the home décor market and creating art for fun. I have grown in how I now approach art now, I’ve learned new ways to create and think when doing art.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I am an artist and that I am unique and special. This class made me feel good about myself as an illustrator and I just loved Lilla and Margo’s positive vibe throughout the entire course. They made you want to keep creating art. I’ve learned how to work hard and how fun that can be and when you push yourself, how you can get new and amazing ideas.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you want to expand your knowledge on the home décor market and get insider tips and secrets on how to make your art sell successfully in this market, then you have to take this course. This course will push you in new creative directions and you will create A LOT of beautiful art and you will walk away with unbelievable knowledge that you can use with your art and it is SO FUN.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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 ANETTE HEIBERG

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AnetteHeiberg_profileimageThis is from the second week of class, where we worked with fabric. I chose this because I remember how proud I felt presenting it. I felt that I already had learned and grown so much from the first week. I was really excited to keep working on my collection, and I think it shows in my work how much fun I had creating these products.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

I learned a lot about how my art can be used on different products, how to put together a good collection and how to present my work.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I really enjoy putting together a collection of different kinds of materials and shapes – and that my work is a great fit for products!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you’re interested in learning how your art can be used on different kind of products, and learning about different materials, this course is a must!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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LAURA FISK

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laura fisk-webThe image above was for ceramic week. I feel the products and designs are most “me” in terms of the fun and style I want to embody going forward in art licensing and surface pattern design. my work tends to be pretty goofy and silly and I feel I was really able to express that in these products.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

It helped me grow in many ways. I love deadlines – they’re so important to get anything done! It was great to have the assignments week by week and that they were focused by substrate. Focusing on a different element every week really helped me focus on what could I do with products I never had really thought about before and how they can be used in so many ways. I could feel myself being pushed every week, and definitely out of my comfort zone as well, which is always a good thing.

What did you discover about yourself?

Most importantly, it confirmed that this is the work that I want to be doing. It also really helped to focus and understand what I enjoy working on (character based illustration) and just importantly what I don’t (pretty dainty florals). It made me think about the types of companies I should pursue and the type of work that I know that really doesn’t fit for me.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An intensive focused class on surface pattern design for the home decor market. If you’re interested in getting into licensing and surface pattern design this is an excellent class to help you understand the market and how to stand out to art directors, and really get an idea of what they’re looking for and why. I would most definitely recommend this class. It’s worth the cost, especially if you invest your time into it.

See more work here: Website

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor will take place in August 2017  and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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We’re hiring! Are you the Manager we are looking for?


Are you looking for an inspiring role that will allow you to help creative people succeed in the art industry? Are you positive, self-motivated, service-minded and super-organized? Would you like a flexible role in a friendly team, based out of the UK but internationally connected? If so, you might just be the Make Art That Sells (MATS) Project Manager we are looking for!

This is a rare opportunity to be part of Make Art That Sells (MATS), one of the world’s leading online educational experiences for artists wanting to make their work more commercially viable. We provide industry insight into the top ten hottest markets for art, and show artists exactly what they need to do in order to license and sell their work to clients all over the world. And we are looking for a Manager to be the hub and heartbeat of our team, working directly with MATS Founders Lilla Rogers and Beth Kempton.

If this is you, download the job description and application form at www.makeartthatsells.com/jobs now and be sure to submit the Application Form along with your resume to [email protected] by the deadline (midnight BST on Wednesday 12 July 2017).

Some important notes:

(1) This is a UK-based position. You will need permission to work in the UK and we are unfortunately unable to support visas or relocation.

(2) The successful candidate will be based remotely with most communication by Skype and email, with monthly meet ups.

(3) This is a managerial position not a design position (but you will be working on a creative project with a creative team so it will be super inspiring!)

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email by Friday 14 July. If shortlisted you must be available for an interview in Southampton, UK, on Friday 21 July.

If you know someone who might be perfect for the role, please let them know about it!

Thank you so much!

Lilla, Beth and the MATS team

 

Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Courtney Beth Keller


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We are so proud of our Make Art That Sells Alumni, that we are pleased to continue a series of spotlight interviews showcasing their successes and artwork. We also ask them to share how the MATS courses have helped them learn and grow. You can see more Alumni Success stories here

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1. Tell us a little about how you got started in art and design

I started making art as a child – I remember in elementary school, cutting stacks of paper into heart shapes and other shapes, stapling it together and drawing images on the pages, essentially creating my own 1980’s stationery line. :) I always took art classes, and in junior high I won a contest drawing our yearbook cover. I started oil painting in high school, attended Kansas City Art Institute and in my 20’s, ran an online shop called Peace Boutique selling bags I sewed and screenprinted with my designs, always as a side gig while keeping a full-time job. I sold handmade skirts and dresses all over the world, from the US to the UK to South Korea. The high point in that era was selling a dress to Margaret Cho! When my son was born in 2011 I decided to take my creative work freelance and make it a full-time endeavor as One Little Printshop, illustrating and designing and creating work I could license. I illustrated a series of 3 children’s books over several years. When I discovered MATS courses, the world opened up!

2. Lilla always says “People buy your joy.” What brings you joy?’

I find joy in discovery, love working with different materials, and exploring texture, ink, textile, fabric, and COLOR! I also find joy in collaboration, and putting my energies into projects bigger than myself is incredibly rewarding.

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3. Which is your favorite market(s) to design for and why?

Currently I’m most interested in creating home decor / interior decor / textile patterns, because that is when I feel the most free and create interesting patterns. I think the fact that home decor allows for such a huge range in scale is part of what I love. Patterns can be tiny, printed on a tiny glass plate, or HUGE, printed on curtains or wallpaper.

4. What are you working on currently?

I am finalizing my Surtex preparations, including a Blurb book, a stack of fabric samples, and making little glass-and-metal magnets to give away. I’m also working on a list of projects to dive into after Surtex, so I don’t get lazy over the summer. This fall, my son will begin kindergarten and my studio time will nearly double – I’m very excited to see what the second half of 2016 brings!

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5. What are some of the key things you have learnt from the MATS experience?

I think the biggest takeaway for me has been the understanding that being a solo entrepreneur doesn’t mean working alone in a vacuum. I was fortunate enough to become a member of the Finch & Foxglove artist collective. The combination of 8 creatives from around the world has helped fill in my blind spots. I am a very productive artist but I have a very hard time knowing how to promote myself, and would never have achieved the preparation level for Surtex that I have achieved with the help of the group. Together, we go far! MATS taught me to find my tribe, throw my energy into moving us all forward in our careers, and it’s been life-changing.

6. How have the classes helped your artwork evolve /grow?

The MATS classes helped me see that I don’t need to segment my interests and knowledge. My web work and digital skills are just as important in my career as my painting and drawing skills. I used to stress about whether to let my web design play a part in my analog art. I’m not sure why, but I segmented different creative interests. More than any other MATS course, the Home Decor class made me realize I could let all my various interests intermingle and shine; my digital skills help me so much when I create mock-ups and build my website. My printmaking and hands-on background helps when I make promos, because I am not afraid to get messy with glue, ink, paint, printing, and metal. My graphic design background helps me when I put together my portfolio book. My creative garden can all grow in the same dirt, different flowers and plants are welcome.

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7. Any aha moments during MATS you would like to share?

YES. My aha moment was a humble one, but huge for me. I have struggled a bit as a solo mom raising my son alone, with envy: I would see others post things in the Facebook group like “hubby took the kids all day so I could make art!” and feel a sinking feeling. I only looked at what I didn’t have and thinking I could never achieve without the same support / financial infrastructure / art supplies / studio / whatever. Some time during 2015 MATS courses, this changed for me. I had this huge AHA moment that those petty comparisons are meaningless. I have to embrace my own situation and make art from where I’m at today. And once I did that, all the side-line glances and envious frustration I felt… *poof* …vanished.

8. What are your key successes since taking a MATS class?

The most obvious success for me has been joining a collective and working toward my first big trade show. But there are other successes too: I’ve got a Spoonflower shop with over 100 different designs for sale, and nearly every day someone favorites one of my designs. I’ve also put energy into creating a steady Instagram following. I won a lettering contest by Sakura International (the company that makes Micron pens), which was a wonderful personal accomplishment – and they sent me a bunch of art supplies!

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9. How would you describe taking a MATS class to a fellow artist looking to develop their art

I would encourage people to take MATS as a creative improvement process. It’s all about what you put into it. Go into it thinking you’ll come out improved, and you will!

10. What is your dream gig for your artwork?

My ultimate pie-in-the-sky gig would be creating a collection for Marimekko.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Collective

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