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Month: October 2017


Suzy Ultman for Crate & Barrel

Seriously, I have been licensing art for plates for many years and these are maybe the best ones I’ve seen. By Suzy Ultman for Crate & Barrel.

those eyeglasses…

Suzy has been commissioned to do ornaments for Crate for several years. Why? They are cool and they sell. Let her make your product or magazine shine. Contact us to license, buy or
commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!







Lilla’s Picks! The family crests.

I give an assignment to my artists every month and this month it was to do a coat of arms for Lilla Rogers Studio. Prepare to smile.

Katie Vernon


Trina Dalziel

Carolyn Gavin

Mara Penny


Terri Fry Kasuba

Hope you enjoyed the show. Lookin’ for some great art? Contact us to license, buy or
commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!




I want this chair and everything. Get ready to gasp.

Seriously, I really want this chair and plates and everything. I can’t wait to license this fantastic new work by my artist Mara Penny. I took her on because of her unique style and amazing color palette. It’s got edge but still is marketable. Be prepared to gasp. Enjoy. Oh yeah, and her lettering.

Hope you enjoyed the show. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to license, buy or commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!




Zoe’s 100 days of plates

From Australia’s Home Beautiful Magazine:

When Australian artist Zoe Ingram started designing her own plates, the project took on a life of its own. With a personal challenge of designing 100 plates in 100 days, the Adelaide-based artist garnered 48,300 people followers on Instagram. We sat down with Zoe to find out how it all began.

What do you do?

I am an illustrator, artist, and designer. I have an art agent in the USA, Lilla Rogers Studio. I mostly create art for books, home decor, textiles and stationery either as commissioned work or as licensed art.

When did you start 100 days of plates?

I began my project on the 13th June 2017.

What inspired you to make 100 days of plates?

My husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer in December 2016 and from that day my main focus was on him and not on work.

It felt like I had spent the first six months of this year in the hospital while also trying to take care of my two young daughters and keep things going at home. I had no time for any kind of client work or personal work for that matter.

My husband began to feel a little bit better around mid-May this year and I was able to begin working again from home around the start of June so, I felt that I was able to begin again too. But, because I’d not been working for such a long time, I felt very rusty, stuck and lost.

I needed to create some art just for me with no rules and no constraints. I happened to put a collage pattern that I’d created onto a plate as a mockup that day and that’s when my idea to do 100 days of plates started. After having such a long spell where I wasn’t creating, I felt that doing this would give me that creative freedom I needed. It was really an exercise in getting back into a rhythm of creating. I just needed to get my brain, heart and spirit going again.

Who or what inspires your art?

I love nature and that inspires me immensely. I’m a colour lover too and I’m always drawn to bright and unusual colour combinations, lettering and pattern. Also, the human spirit, the good in people and intuition helps me along a lot of the time too.

Can we buy your plates?

Unfortunately not at this time. I’m working on making this project a reality, but in the meantime, they remain visual inspiration. Perhaps I will create a coffee table book with the whole collection of plates. You can find my art prints, cards and tea towels on my website and I also sell my patterns on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap on Spoonflower.

To see all the plates, follow Zoe on Instagram here.




Our Annual Retreat Highlights

When you mix up some of the top illustrators working today with a bunch of the most exciting VIPs in the industry, you get our 3rd Annual Artists Retreat at my studio/home/nearby lake. This is how we work with our artists on their career development, keep them inspired, and basically energize all of us.

Our artists, studio ladies, and Janine Vangool, publisher of UPPERCASE (on right).

Author Tami Charles teaches us some tricks for writing children’s books. #tamiwrites

Artist Marenthe, Agent Susan McCabe, and artist Clairice Gifford enjoy some laughs.

One of the highlights of our retreat is Speed Art Dating, where artists sit by the lake with art directors, founders, editors, and other VIPS to look at work, as questions, and even make deals for work. They take turns, with ten minutes to share, and then it’s on to the next table!
Companies that attended include: Blue Q, Hallmark, Quarto, Sterling, teNeues, Uppercase, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge.
Here’s Clairice getting ready to show her portfolio to the next VIP. 
Some of the artists brought their sketchbooks to show as Jessica Allen did here.
Sarah Walsh, Katie Vernon, and Mara Penny are working on 
an assignment I gave them (to be revealed in a future newsletter!)
Here’s Katie Vernon and Marenthe in my garden sketching out ideas.
See more here on Instagram #lillasretreat.
XO, Lilla