Category: thoughts

8/17/17

What Makes A Great Product?

What makes a great product?
Strong contrast helps the product stand apart.
Gorgeous color palette is a must.
The imagery is easy to ‘read’ quickly.
The artist’s style is distinctive and exceptional.

Here, you see excellent examples of the above, by our artists. Enjoy.

Suzy Ultman  

Kate Mason

Sarah Walsh

Flora Waycott

Suzy Ultman

Sarajo Frieden

See tons more products here!

XO,
Lilla

4/28/17

Creative thinking is the way of the future

Here is part two of our special editorial series done by our artists! You can see part one here. I thought it would be really fun to give our brilliant artists an assignment on how creative thinking is the future (which I totally believe, by the way).

The new skill that will become more in-demand than ever before is creative thinking.

“I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering,” he said. “When the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data”, writes Mark Cuban for Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Check out the diversity of concepts and style. Which is your favorite?

Jessica Allen

Terri Fry Kasuba

 

John Coulter

 

Jenn Ski

 

Kate Mason

11/11/16

4 Tips for Interesting Times

Here are four tips to help you nourish yourself and others during these interesting times. Hope you find benefit.

1. Reach out to your community and
surround yourself with those that make you happy.

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2. Lean on each other. Support each other.

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3. Treat yourself well. Make a cup of tea. Breathe.

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4. Make your own magic. Do more of what makes you happy. Make more art!

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“When a shift in a system has occurred, especially one that causes fear and discomfort, it allows for something strikingly different to appear, furthering our evolution as people. We can only know where we are going when we get there … now is the time we have been practicing for. No more just practicing the dance. We must now dance. And this is not a dress rehearsal.” — Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

XO
Lilla and Reine

9/8/15

Marco responds to the drowning of Syrian toddler Aylan with a beautiful piece

Hello Lilla,

The recent drowning of the Syrian toddler, Aylan, along with his mother and brother near the Turkish coast have deeply touched me. Both as a human and as a father, I felt moved to create this piece of artwork.  I cried while making it and it is called “Aylan’s Dream”.

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Aylan’s Dream

Peace,

Marco Marella

7/3/15

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.

xo,

Reine

6/12/15

The tastes, sounds, smells and visuals are so gloriously fresh…

Hi,

Having a wonderful time in Brighton. The tastes, sounds, smells and visuals are so gloriously fresh. There is a steady sea breeze punctuated with seagull cries and the light is crystaline, even in the morning.

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Ladies of the Market downstairs.

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Yummy pork pies!

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Textures, types and colors captured on a morning walk.

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xo,

Susan

6/30/14

Blooms of Nigeria

On April 14 more than 200 school girls were taken at gunpoint from their school dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria. You can read more on this and the resulting world response here.

I could not shake the horror from my mind and It came to me to do something to get the word out to the world in a visual way. The girls had gone, disappeared, what could we make to wait for them and make their abscence visible to the world? I came across a list of 180 of the girls names and i wanted to invite 180 women artists to illustrate a flower and dedicate it to their name in sisterhood, and hope. I spoke of this idea to a former student and amazingly talented illustrator Janna Morton and together we created this.

To date we have posted 110+  flowers and we have 70 more growing ! We ask that you take a look through the flowers, post your favourites, follow the tumblr or the twitter @bloomsofnigeria or like Blooms of Nigeria on Facebook. Spread the word- #bringbackourgirls. Its not a charity, its a vigil.

I’d like to post some more about the incredible women who have immediately responded to make these beautiful artworks, and although the project is not a charity, we hope that it does some good. It has certainly be a unifying activity for us and one which makes us connected to the world and reminds us of our humanity. – Rebecca Bradley

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6/16/14

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.

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4/5/14

My virtual studio: a peek inside

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2/10/14

A Suzy inspired Sochi!?!

Like many of you, Friday night I was all curled up in my favorite cozy chair watching the Olympics opening ceremonies. Just imagine my surprise to see this utterly fantastic display!

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All I could think of was our very own brilliant artist Suzy Ultman, or perhaps Dr. Seuss!

Here are a few of her pieces. Let me know what YOU think! Enjoy! Go Team USA! – Jennifer

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Crate and Barrel

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Chronicle Books

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