I entered the Global Talent Search this year after much deliberation. I knew it would coincide with family holidays in Tuscany and England and wasn't sure I wanted to take the time away from my children to participate. I worked so hard earlier this year for Surtex and practically ignored them. I felt I owed them a work free holiday. I signed up then decided to make a final decision based on timing (our holidays weren't yet booked or scheduled) and more importantly - the brief!! I knew I wouldn't be able to resist a great one. I took a sketchbook and some bits and pieces with me incase.
The email arrived while we were in Tuscany and before I'd finished reading it I was plotting how I'd fit it in and what I'd do. It was beautiful. Wall art based on terrariums.
I found an hour or two when my children went to the pool with my husband. I also found a big box of Sicilian cakes and bottle of wine. Come on! Who wouldn't sketch succulents while gorging on cakes and wine in a villa in Tuscany?
This is me, the cakes, the wine and the sketches.
I arrived very quickly at a basic concept. A palette of rich blues, hints of yellow and pink - and neutrals. I wanted the jar to be a negative space, a framework, rather than an object - so I could fill it with vibrant imagery. I like the idea of appreciating the small things in life, finding pleasure in them (like cake) - and that sentiment seemed fitting with this tiny world. When I got back I launched myself into making the final piece. I did the whole thing by hand then photographed it and put it into Photoshop. The lettering and final touches were done digitally. I did it in an afternoon and morning then sat on it two days, fiddled with the lettering and uploaded. Then I packed and went to England.I tried not to think about it too much but failed! I couldn't wait to hear whether I'd made it through to the next round. I'm just so thrilled to have my art chosen to go forward.
The next brief is a beauty too!!!