FOUND – ART EXHIBITION – FEB 1ST – MARCH 29TH

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I am delighted to have been approached to exhibit my artwork as part of the Fleurieu Peninsula Art Trail at a beautiful winery in the heart of McLaren Vale, South Australia during the months of February and March. I received an email on Christmas Eve and it felt as though all my Christmases had come at once. Despite the short notice, I have managed to produce a new collection inspired by nature. It is at times like these that I thank my lucky stars for having a mother who encouraged my sisters and I to appreciate the natural world around us and provide us with the materials to put our ideas down on paper.

Thanks Mum XXX

Angela McGoran Age 4/5

I think I'm painting my family??
I think I’m painting my family??
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Look at the concentration!

 

 

PICNIC UNDER THE GUMTREE – PARTY PAPER

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One of the things that inspires me most is the natural world, especially flora and fauna. After a morning spent collecting grasses, flowers and leaves, I set to work, drawing them, with some help from my pets……

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The gumtrees of Australia are not only iconic, but are also one of my favourite things to draw. The flowers come in so many colours; all shades of pink, orange and creams, even pale citrus greens. The gumnuts vary drastically in shape, size and clusters and the leaves can be thin, wide and sometimes straight or curly. I live opposite a reserve, which has gumtrees that are over 50 years old and I never get bored of the view from my lounge window.

I decided to create party paper that I could see myself buying. I love colour, but when it comes to food, I like to eat from a white plate. Blue and white is a traditional yet fresh colour combination, which also has broad appeal, so that was exactly what I did. I could see myself using these sat under the gums at the local Belair National Park, on one of our group days out.

http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/Belair_National_Park

Aaaaah! A Belair National Park koala
Aaaaah! A Belair National Park koala
Gumtree in pink
Gumtree in pink
Turquoise on grey
Turquoise on grey

I could also see this design adorning any special occasion or for general use at home. The joy of designing vector art is that with just a few clicks blue and white can be any colour combination you choose. If you fancy pink, orange and green, with purple spots, just let me know and I shall see what I can do.

 

I think I shall have to get some made. Would you like some too?

 

Angela X

 

 

SCRAPBOOKING – VINTAGE WRITING

MAKE TIME FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE

WHAT IS SCRAPBOOKING?

To put it in a nutshell scrapbooking is the making of books, which hold memories or collections. Scrapbookers often wish to embellish their pages with, braids, stickers, pins, patterned papers, split pins, badges, words and phrases, buttons and basically anything to decorate their page. Scrapbooking products are also strongly used by those who love to make their own cards and invitations, so it is a huge and very saleable market. In this collection I have created some ribbons, paper, stickers and buttons.

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With Vintage Writing as the theme, I researched a number of different eras and art periods. My piece includes some retro clocks, a vintage telephone, ink bottles, quills and fountain pens. I really enjoyed concentrating on the layout and making icons relating the subject matter. The sage greens, mustard and pale blue, with dusky pinks really lifted the vintage style. To create the textures on the stickers I took photographs of some of the old sleepers in the garden and the stitching from my read leather sofa. The red wax seal icons made perfect little flowery buttons and I offset the rendered layers to create more interest. I could make ribbons and themed paper for ever more, as it is just an extension of pattern making, which I absolutely adore doing. These could easily be applied to the bolt fabric market too.

I would love to know what you think of these designs.

P.S. Don’t forget that we are fast approaching Christmas and even if it is only a quick phone call, text, Facebook, email, extra hug or if time permits, a knock at someone’s door, MAKE TIME FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE!

Angela X
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MY MCLAREN VALE WINE TRAIL – EDITORIAL

MY MCLAREN VALE WINE TRAIL – EDITORIAL

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Living in Adelaide’s suburbs of South Australia, we are extremely fortunate to be just a stone’s throw from one of the world’s greatest wine regions. I have created a map to show some of my favourites.

The 3 people depicted are Justin McNamee from Samuel’s Gorge, Velvet (the Coriole Cellar Door Manager) and Peter Maddox (artist and owner of Bella Cosa). Before creating my map I stopped in and had a friendly chat to Di at Serafino and also with Janet at S.C. Pannell on a whirlwind refresher tour, in readiness for my project. A mad week of cutting felt followed. Why felt, you ask? I kept thinking of a map to play with and had the idea of Fuzzy Felt. I made felt pictures of all my favourite wineries and then tried to find a way to contain them and make the map element work. My left hand was very sore for days…some kind of scissor cramp!

To understand my artwork you need to understand what these wineries mean to me. In essence they are a wonderful place to visit with family and friends. The only problem we ever have is deciding who is going to be the designated driver!

Maxwell Wines – http://www.maxwellwines.com.au -The Winery Dog Book, Olive and Sophie (the 2 dogs). Mead, Large wooden chairs, honey, great restaurant, nice coffee, Silver Hammer Shiraz!

Coriole – http://www.coriole.com – Cheese, olives, Chenin Blanc wine, great food, amazing garden, friendly cellar door service, views across the valley.

S. C. Pannell https://www.pannell.com.au – Beautiful setting for all occasions including weddings, newly renovated, friendly staff, new tapas style menu, Great BBQ area at the back, double tent shaped sun-shades over the tables, flag poles.

Bella Cosa  – http://bellacosa.com.au -Where wine, sangria and art flow! Peter Maddox – Owner and artist who took the time to sit with my boys and draw at the table with them. Friendly, interesting, a place where you can through the conifers amongst the sculptures, witness some mad wedding festivities and games, an amazing place!

Serafino – http://serafinowines.com.au – Great restaurant – amazing steaks, great wines, Weddings, romance and conferences, geese, comfortable cellar door, sofas and interesting books, friendly and helpful staff, fountain, beautiful setting by the lake.

Samuel’s Gorge – http://www.gorge.com.au – Picnics with my family whilst trying out their wines, their beloved dogs, bees in the clover (I was stung one year!), large glasses of red wine, quirky toilets in an old shed, the lean-to barn, straw bales, magnificent view, historical memorabilia, Justin and his awesome hair and chilled, fun loving approach to life and wine.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my work. The artwork is available as prints or for licensing (individual wineries or as a whole).

Bye for now. Watch out McLaren Vale, I will be visiting you all again very soon!

Angela X

 

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Cutting a wine glass for Serafino

 

WILD WEST CHIC – BABY APPAREL

“Who wants to play, cowboys and In-di-ans?” we chanted as kids in the school yard. Putting our arms around each others shoulders,striding around the playground until we’d gathered enough people to play a game and then the school bell would ring. Ah those were the days……

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Hmmmm cowboy/cowgirl rodeo!!! I am completely at ease designing fabrics for baby apparel but I have to say I wasn’t overly keen on the subject choice. I know that I would enjoy making patterns around the theme of Native American Indians so that was where I started. I researched teepees, Indian clothing and beadwork. It was the images of cowgirls and cowboys that I fought against creating. Not being one to throw in the towel I gave it my all and created a cowgirl and cowboy from the teepee design, which had been created in cut paper and scanned.

Obviously some of these projects are set to make you move out of your comfort zone and see what you can create when stretched. Believe me, I felt stretched. I took my colour palette from the recent Freedom catalogue – Spring/summer collection 2014 (click on ‘View Catalogue Online’ and it is the 3rd page down).   http://www.freedom.com.au/catalogue/   You need an Australian zip code  to see this page so type in 5000 (Adelaide) and you will see it. The colours are clean and fresh and reminded me of a sleep suit, my son Josh had as baby, with circular motifs on it. I decided that with the pink, I would be better suited designing this particular garment for a girl and the coordinating fabrics could also be used for boys. As ever the colour options are not set in stone, nor are the arrangement of the icons. I was particularly pleased with my feathers and my ability to turn this project around in only a few days.

I hope you enjoy seeing how I work under pressure…..Cowboys and cowgirls indeed!

Thank you for looking and reading as always,

Angela x

PENGUIN FAMILY HOLIDAY – CHRISTMAS GREETINGS CARD

Having enrolled for another intensive Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells course, we hit the ground running by designing a Holiday themed greetings card for the Paper Market, inspired by penguins and igloos. This is not the first time that I have tackled this subject matter, however, I was happy to go with it as I knew that my approach to this would be different than at the beginning of the year. I began as usual by researching the topics and going Google crazy. There are so many types of penguins in this world. What is it about baby penguins, though, that is so adorable? Ok…so they are fluffy and cute and have gorgeous facial features, so a little pencil sketch was definitely in order.

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Next came the Macaroni Penguins: a species of crested penguins. I created quite a harsh pencil sketch of this penguin with lots of hard line work.

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I always fight against doing cute and my work is not quirky. So I decided to create quite graphic, globular characters, which would also translate well in the Gift Market (should any manufacturers like to contact me for licensing!!) I actually had a lot of fun making my mum, dad, and the two kids in their Norwegian inspired jumpers. Although, loosely based around my own family, I paid particular attention to making the children androgenous, to fit in with more families. In my preliminary art work I also created a baby pink one with ‘baby apparel’ in mind….All the different colour possibilities would also be great for the Bolt Fabric Market too and for quilters or even as Easter eggs or chocolate eggs in foil designs on a Christmas tree. Give me one task and I try to make it suit all possibilities. I have already sent this design off to the printers so watch this space!

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Another project is due tomorrow so I have a lot of other jobs to do in the meantime, so I will need to cut this short. I hope you like my penguin family, the igloo, trees and the little toys that the children are clutching. I hate to say it but it is only 59 days until Christmas Day. If you are interesting in buying some special cards for your family and friends, please contact via my ‘Contact’ page and I’ll be sure to get back to you a.s.a.p.

Thank you for looking and reading as always,

Angela x

Little Terrarium Wall Art – Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014 (GTS)

Round 1 – LITTLE TERRARIUM WALL ART

What a great start to GTS! Terrariums are a great source of inspiration, with multiple opportunities to be creative. This is yet another time in space to just try and give your best.

As always I began very methodically by reading and re-reading the brief and resource materials before ploughing into my sketchbook. A lot of the material provided contained succulents and since I have always kept them since the age of 20, this was a good place to start. Paint and texture has also been prominent in my work, but so has the desire for true and bold colours and shape, so I knew I wanted to include these elements. In order to start somewhere in the running with thousands of other artists, vying for the top  50, I decided to warm up my painting skills by using a bright colour palette and a fairly traditional style. As much as I enjoyed the experience, it just felt wrong and wasn’t really me. I tried a few other ideas and then stuck to my guns and threw it all out and started again.

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Sorry if you like this but my final piece is nothing like it!

Back to me. How shall I approach the brief?

  • Think outside the box and do something different.
  • Break the terrarium down into ideas and sections.
  • Make something unique.
  • Don’t just create wall art. Think how the design can be related to other markets – paper, apparel, home decor, gift etc.
  • Read how the work will be judged and make sure that all areas are covered in an inspired way.

With a fresh ‘Angela’ approach I broke down the theme and researched the different areas. Lilla often says not to spend too much time on research, but it is a major part of my routine and helps me take creative tangents. I dip in and out of research throughout the process. Google is such a blessing!

How did I come up with the idea for my wall art?

Research – Colour, terrarium shapes (organic and geodesic), plants.

Colour – I want to use bright colours (orange, yellow, bright pink, baby blue, light mauve, purple accented with white). These colours are currently trending and forecasted well into 2016.

Pinterest – Make a Pinterest board with all my source material and make it public as we approach the Gallery going live. This will help you and the judges to track my line of thought. http://www.pinterest.com/amcgoran/lilla-rogers-global-talent-search-round-1-little-t/

Ideas – I’m an ideas girl!

The terrarium layers – These reminded me of the flower fields of Amsterdam. Stripes of bold colour.

Bulbs – I love bulbs especially tulip bulbs which are a beautiful organic shape. People often grow bulbs in a wide vase – a form of terrarium.

I looked through a number of catalogues (including DWR) and noticed the Allium flowers… These have bulbs and great colour – purple and mauves and any other that I choose with my artistic license. I could use geodesic terrarium shapes to make the flowers. They have the bold shape  that I love with the added delicacy of tiny flowers. Very me.

Another icon – I need another icon that relates to the theme and ties it together but not something twee. Something with a great shape that relates to me and makes the scene work.

Dragonflies

Since the age of 8 we had a pond at home. We would often watch the dragonflies dip into the water to lay their eggs. We’d catch the larva – usually by mistake as we tried to catch the newts. We’d observe the larvae climbing up the reeds and turning into dragonflies, wait as they dried their wings and finally fly off. They were bright and pristine! A beautiful, crisp design motif.

Words

As I wondered about the word or lettering for my design it was not until I’d settled on the dragonfly connection that I came up with the phrase ‘Joie de vivre’ – the joy of living – carefree enjoyment of life. I went back to the geodesic purple allium flower and decided to have the dragonflies coming out of the now fragmented purple flower head as if hatching and enjoying their freedom. ’Joie de vivre’ fitted perfectly.  I’m also enjoying a very happy and carefree part of my life. I have the freedom to stay home, be there for my family and friends, create and follow my dream without the pressure of absolutely having to go out to work. Obviously it is still my aim to make art that will actually sell. We could definitely do with the extra cash!

Making

I created a number of shapes using ink line drawings and traced them into Illustrator along with some brown paper to add to the collage element.

I made big blobs and stripes of watercolour in readiness for my idea to take shape. Terrarium shaped watercolour flower heads and a dark teal wash for the background which contrasts well with the bright colours.

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Lettering – After a few attempts at different styles of hand lettering I felt that the piece needed something a little more chunky. I used the shapes from the bulbs to create a unique style. Over the top is a small dragonfly and terrarium repeat pattern. I often use this method to add a little more interest or texture to my work. I then used Illustrator to pull everything together in a collage fashion. The great thing with Illustrator is that you can rearrange everything and rescale sections as much as you like. It is such a versatile tool.

With my Wall Art almost complete  I had already begun to think how these shapes and colours could be used in other markets. I went to town on Photoshop and Illustrator making a whole heap of designs, but have really only scratched the surface of possibilities. I can easily see my designs in the shops on numerous surfaces – bedding, rugs, towels, cushions, fabric, summer outdoor furniture, beachwear, lighting, stationery and so the list goes on.  I even designed a new swimming costume that I would love especially if I lost a few kilos! I really feel that this is such a versatile design. To prove it to the judges I went mad mocking things up. I was going to add these to the GTS Facebook page, however, we are requested to wait until the Gallery is live before we share our final pieces, which I fully understand. I also entered the Spoonflower ‘Beetles’ competition with a very graphic boys room beetle design called, ‘Beetle Boy Blue’.  I always think of the end product!

If I am successful, I’ll receive an email on the 26th August with the next brief, letting me know I’m through to the next round. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!

I’ll put up my final piece of art work for you to see after the GTS Gallery goes live and don’t forget to keep an eye on the Lilla Rogers site for all the latest news.

http://www.lillarogers.com/global-talent-search

As always thank you for looking and reading, but most of all, your ongoing support.

Angela x

 

 

 

Lilla Rogers – Global Talent Search 2014 (GTS)

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It’s competition time and I’m in!

On Wednesday 5th August I shall be putting myself on the line with hundreds of other designers by entering Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014. Not only is this a vehicle to showcase my artwork and creativity but for the winner there are some amazing prizes on offer. To name but a few; you receive 2 years representation by Lilla Rogers Studio (as if that isn’t enough), you will also be offered private consultations with top art editors, your own fabric collection and a home décor line with amazing companies. This is a dream and would be truly amazing!

Please check out the following link which gives you all the information about the contest, judges and prizes.

#globaltalentsearch @lillarogers http://bit.ly/1nTHfuW

I have really enjoyed being back amongst like-minded, creative people. My work has gone from strength to strength and I have learnt so much throughout my journey. I can’t wait for GTS to begin and receive the email for a new brief. It is just like when you were a child and you are waiting excitedly on your birthday for the postman to deliver your cards. I love the challenge and I can’t wait to start making and putting my twist on a new theme.

Creating art for people to enjoy is not a passing fad, it is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I am investing far more than just time and money into making it happen.

Please support me and with any luck and lots of hard work, inspiration and determination I shall make it through to the top 50 and have the pleasure of creating yet another piece of art that hopefully the prestigious judging panel will love.

Thank you for looking and reading as always….and watch this space!

Angela x