You may have worked out by now that I like a challenge and am always looking for new ways to push myself out of my comfort zone, and my latest competition is no exception. When I found out about the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search my jaw dropped, and I certainly stopped what I was doing – I could enter? I could be in a with chance of winning representation with Lilla Rogers Studio for 2 years? Ok, so it would be a very very slim chance, but we’ve had so much bad luck recently that it makes me want to grab any possible opportunity, no matter how small, with both hands… and a few days later I had signed up for it!
Our first assignment was e-mailed through, the theme was old fashioned playgrounds, which for me conjured up thoughts of children swinging from trees and jumping across stepping stones. I ended up with pages and pages of sketches in my ‘detailed doodles’ style after I had entered a cloud pattern to a Tigerprint competition, and although I didn’t win I knew that this was a style that I wanted to continue with. Then I allowed myself a day to get all my sketches scanned in and a composition decided on in illustrator. But the most difficult part for me, apart from getting the resolution/format correct, was still to come, what colours should I use??? I found lots and lots of playground pictures for inspiration but in the end went for a muted take on primary colours from my fave playground photo I discovered and the rest as they say is history.
I plucked up the courage to submit it in plenty of time for the deadline, and although I didn’t make the top 50 (from over 1500) I have proven to myself that I believe that I am good enough to enter and that alone was worth the entry fee. This may not have been that big break for me, but what I have learnt from the whole experience has been invaluable and a big step in my creative progress:
1. I had the courage to believe that I was good enough to enter, and given recent crises of confidence that was a big leap for me
2. I am disappointed I didn’t make the top 50 and realisitcally knew the chances were slim but I DID believe that I was in with a chance
3. I had some amazing feedback from fans on my facebook page, and these are the people that I design for, so thank you all!
4. I am determined that I can use this as a platform to work on more surface pattern designs even though I have had no formal training in this field
5. I am going to put some of my patterns on Spoonflower for others to buy, I just need to decide which designs to put on there, and maybe create a few extra patterns to compliment existing ones into a series
Thank you to everyone who supported me in this journey, and big congratulations and good luck to the shortlisted 50 candidates, there are some amazing designs that you should definitely check out.