Sunday, November 10, 2013

Make Art That Sells - Week 5- Gift

I can't believe how fast the last 5 weeks have gone by!

If anyone is wondering if I would recommend taking Lilla's class I would definitely say YES!

Lilla describes the class as "Art Boot Camp" and it really is true.  You definitely need to be able to devote a lot of time.  I put in so many hours of work and almost every week I wished that I had more time.

Lilla has so much market knowledge, she knows artists and how we think and she is very positive!  Every bit of advice that she gives is so true and I've even printed out some of her quotable pieces to hang in my studio as little reminders to myself.

You get to see video interviews with very accomplished artists that Lilla represents and interviews with design directors of great companies and their insight is invaluable.  Throughout the class you feel like you're picking up a bunch of little gems that you'll hold onto forever.

You get to be a part of a great community of artists that are really supportive and encouraging.  The talent level of my group was amazing!  It's definitely inspiring and so much fun to see what everyone created each week.  You also learn so much from your fellow classmates as well.

You will definitely see an improvement in your work!

You can read my previous posts to get a sense of the emotional toll the class had on me.  At times, I got a bit discouraged to put it lightly.  I've learned that I'm not alone in feeling self doubt every time I put something that I've created out for the world to see.  It was amazing for me to hear that some very accomplished people feel the same way.   It's perfectly normal and basically I need to just get over it!

I will be reworking some of my designs from the class.  Week 4 was a disaster!  In hindsight... I should have just sat out week 4.  I killed my painting, brought it back to life and then killed it again!  I then did a really quick piece Sunday morning because I felt the need to submit something.  I thought that I would be giving up by not submitting but I really should have just called it... Time of death Sat., Nov. 2, 2013, 9:45!
I'm also going to rework my book cover from week 3  and my fabric from week 1.  I'm keeping week 2 as is... those plates are growing on me!   I'll blog about the revision process so if you're interested you can check back if you would like to.

This final week we were designing a zipper pouch for the gift market and our theme was "Hyper-Lush".  It's a really fun look with over the top icons, patterns and color.  This is nothing like anything I have done before and it was fun. Lilla had us find things we collect as the images for our piece. I used some of my grandmother's brooches in my design.  It was fun to do and I'm kind of happy with how it came out!  Really.  This one is a keeper.


  1. Hi Jill, great post! I loved your zipper pouch design (and your plates too!). It's wonderful to read your reflection of the course. It was an amazing experience wasn't it. Looking forward to exploring your blog in a bit more detail.

  2. Lovely post. I think we all have learnt so much from the class. One of the best things for me other than growing in what I know, was meeting all you guys x x

  3. Hi Danielle and Jo! Thanks for the sweet comments. It has been fun!