Category: interviews


Flora Waycott’s Twitter Chat

Flora Waycott’s live Twitter Chat #MatsChats was full of useful advice and information for artists wanting to know more about how to prepare for a creative brief or contest.

She left us with a few points that summarize her advice on how to answer a creative brief:

1. Try to limit your research time and look in other places than online.

2. Ask the client lots of questions – don’t be afraid! They are usually so nice and helpful! 

3. Don’t send your work until you are 100% happy with it – do your best work each time! 

4. Social media – instagram, pinterest, blog…..clients will find you!

Flora shared with us a little bit about her creative process as well…

FW Mom quote sketch

She always starts a piece in pencil on paper.

FW GTS sketches

Sketches on paper.


The finished piece is gorgeous for Madison Park Greetings.

Read the full Twitter chat here: and be sure to join us for our next Twitter chat #MatsChats!



Rebecca Jones has been very busy …

since winning the Global Talent Search 2014 Special Studio Award! She is an artist working and living in Melbourne, Australia. Since winning the GTS, she has had many incredible projects and worked with some of her dream clients.

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Rebecca in her studio

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Rebecca’s Studio

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Super Sleuth, design for the Global Talent Search


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Rebecca Jones “Magical Tree”

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Rebecca Jones for Flow Magazine

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Aquarupella Notebooks

To find out more about the timeline of Rebecca’s work since winning the Global Talent Search in 2014, read on the Make Art That Sells Blog.

For more of Rebecca’s work check out her portfolio.




What has Flora Waycott been up to since winning the Global Talent Search 2014?

A wonderful article highlighting Flora Waycott’s journey and growth since becoming the Global Talent Search 2014 Special Studio Award Winner is published on Make Art That Sells.  Since winning, she has been represented by Lilla Rogers agency and created art for some of the great names in the industry!

She has been busy building up her portfolio, evoloving her style through paint, was exposed at Surtex and spoke at the MATS Global Art Gathering in Brighton – all that in only 8 months!

All photos credit to Flora Waycott

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Flora in her studio in New Zealand

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Work for Flow magazine

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Kitchen Shelves

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Jugs and Leaves

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Flora at work in the studio               

To learn more about all of the new clients Flora is working with and how her style is evolving, be sure read the full article here and see Flora’s portfolio here.

Also, don’t forget to believe in yourself and enter into the Global Talent Search 2015!




Tips by Lilla on making the most of your creative freelance career

A fantastic article has been written about “How to be a successful online creative freelancer” by Lilla Rogers and Do What You Love. Do What You Love creates award winning online courses that help people find personal and financial freedom through e-courses.  It’s chalked full of tips and advice on how to make the most of your creative career online. Read the entire article here on: Make Art That Sells.

“Never before has freelancing been so easy. It’s the democratization of work and access as creatives are now able to connect with their niche audiences worldwide.”
—Lilla Rogers

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The participants to the MATS Global Art Gathering in Brighton meet Lilla Rogers and create precious connections with other artists.




Lisa Congdon on NBC Nightly News

We’re so thrilled to share with you Lisa Congdon’s latest interview with NBC Nightly News discussing her adult coloring book series for Quarry.
Lisa’s books were also recently featured on the Meredith Vieira TV show and the lucky guests in the audience went home with copies of their own!
To watch the videos of Lisa on the NBC Nightly News show, click on each photo. below. “Thinking Outside of the Crayon Box, Adults Use Coloring Books as Stress-Reducer” Interviewed by Rehema Ellis.
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Lisa in her studio

Lisa working in her studio. Photo credit: NBC.

Order Lisa’s coloring books featured above  here on Amazon when they are back in stock.

We can’t wait to see where Lisa and her inspiring adult coloring books pop up next!




Suzy Ultman, guest blogger @ Flow Magazine!

Suzy Ultman is a major talent – no doubt about it. See Suzy’s smart writings and wonderfully, delightful illustrations at Flow here and here and here and here! – Jennifer










MOYO Magazine Issue 6

The new issue 6 of MOYO Magazine is here! Inside issue 6 (which is completely FREE) you can find:

+ Product inspiration from Susy Pilgrim Waters

+ Rachael Taylor’s trip to the USA featuring the Lilla Rogers Studio and LRS artist Rebecca Bradley

+ Top tips on manufacturing from The Design Trust

+ Behind the scenes with DENY Designs

+ Product photography with navyblur

MOYO Magazine is completely free and we want to delight as many people as possible with the wonderful world of surface pattern design. Please feel free to share the magazine on your blog and social media and tell your friends about it! Use hashtag #MOYOMagazine to share the love.



Zoe Ingram, 2013 Global Talent Search Winner, is featured in Where Women Create Business Magazine as part of her prize!

…and Lilla shares her journey from artist to agent in this issue of the magazine, reprinted from her book I Just Like to Make Things (Quarry).


Order the magazine here:


Lilla sketching vintage floral pins


Lilla playing with paint and collage on masonite




Hi, Lilla, I’m very excited to let you know I’m going to be in the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide! (Forthcoming spring issue #21). Almost 300 artists submitted their work, 100 will be featured in UPPERCASE. One of my patterns is also in this video: where UPPERCASE publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool talks about pattern design. The pattern that’s featured in the video is from my Mermaid collection. I can’t wait to see the Spring issue!   Many thanks, Silvia


Silvia Dekker's work in Uppercase video

Silvia Dekker Mermaid collection


AMY BLAY: Guest Blogger on Flow Magazine Netherlands

I was thrilled that Flow Magazine invited me to be a guest blogger for the month of August. Here’s the link!

Talking about my work and influences every week has been a great exercise for me, maybe it’s about time I started blogging. Thanks Flow!