Images from Godiva website.
The packaging is stunning and captures the playful wit and colorful palette of Sarajo’s work. As part of this project, Godiva flew Sarajo over to Japan to meet with the Godiva team and speak at the unveiling of this special collection. What an amazing experience!
photos by Sarajo
Sarajo captured this journey to Japan through a series of beautiful photographs and we’ll be sharing all of those with you this Tuesday, Feb. 7th on Lilla’s Instagram Feed @lillarogers. Be sure to follow along in the fun and see how this wonderful collection came to be. And while you’re at it, go ahead and buy some of these yummy chocolates for yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day.
The Studio Ladies
So exciting around here as we wait for all of these incredible creative artists & art directors to fly in today for the retreat #LillasRetreat! Click on the artists name below to explore their gorgeous galleries of work….
Tara Lilly, Global Talent Search Winner 2014
Margo Tantau Creative Director of Midwest CBK
Have safe travels everyone and can’t wait to kick off this retreat! #LillasRetreat
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.
Ladies of the Market downstairs.
Yummy pork pies!
Textures, types and colors captured on a morning walk.
My day starts out leisurely with Margo Tantau in the cafe downstairs. I showed her the mini tarot deck I bought yesterday, and she wants to buy one, too. I neglected to bring mine from home.
Here’s me taking a photo of Margo taking a photo at the cafe. What happens when you get two visual hoarders in the same room? This.
I’m on a business trip. This is my business today: Margo, Beth and I go ’round to tiny Brighton shops and record instructive videos for our online courses. Margo chats about products as seen through the eyes of a creative director, and I as a teacher/agent. We are particularly interested in home decor products for our newest course. I love asking Margo (right) questions about how things are made because she knows so much. Beth (left) does the filming and keeps us on task.
First up, we chat on camera about this extraordinary ceramic set. Note the sgraffito carvings on the leaves on the creamer on the left, and the raised tree branches and birds on the right. Although the imagery is different, the gold rim ties the two together. Things to think about when designing your own line.
I chat a bit about painting on distressed wood and mention that exposing bits of the wood in one’s wall art makes a nice home decor presentation. Margo agrees.
England just has the sweetest vibe, with all the pleases and thank yous and polite niceties; you see it reflected in the delicacy of the art. Someone said it’s from having a queen for the monarch.
(I may have bought this lovely little painting.)
We are seduced by the window, and elect to break for a coffee.
Now at a vintage shop, Margo explains what the bleed-y, runny mid-century glaze is on the vase on the left, and how to note that in your presentation so the art director knows what you’re thinking. Then, they try to get me to buy that vase—and I desperately want to—but I am on a vase-buying moratorium.
Here’s that funny glaze again. I just love it. It looks bubbly and over-fired and I adore it. Margo points out that the glaze effect is unpredictable when being manufactured, but cool.
I purchased this anatomy doll for my husband, an emergency room doctor. He’s on a plane on his way here and doesn’t know about it yet! He’s the kind of guy that will treasure this. It’s carved, painted wood and comes with an instruction manual, so you know what guts go where I suppose. I allow myself to buy this because I’m not a wooden-anatomy-doll-purchasing-moratorium (yet).
Just seriously cool. Hand-decaled Peter Max/Carnaby Street love fest.
My kind of bathing suit. We poke around some more and make about a dozen more short videos.
After shooting little videos on finding color inspiration at your local new age gem shop, mid-century fabric printing looks, defining visual merchandising, new trends in metal products, exploring shapes for glass products, and even some children’s book styles, we call it a day.
Now I am in my digs, writing this for you.
And that’s the life of this digital nomad.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more goodness!
Took a stroll in Brighton UK last night to get a taxi to Beth’s.
Everything is so freaking charming.
Here’s the Brighton Dome, where our big event is being held on Friday. A bit magical, a bit kooky.
Is this a story book house or Beth’s house? Yup, it’s Beth’s.
Pebble mosaic. I want to do this. Can Boston weather sustain this kind of thing?
Beth’s belly. I made the bronze necklace for her.
I lettered the name tags while we gabbed about the event. Yup, this is my career. I brought my fountain calligraphy pen and my travel watercolors.
I’m having my morning coffee downstairs. I’m loving this place. Working on my Trend Report and Art Review PowerPoint for Friday. #digitalnomad
Not often do you see a flyer for an accordion teacher. I do love the serif lettering and the pencil drawing of the accordion.
Stylin’ with my groovy carry on the plane.
In flight entertainment is amazing. I listened to Mozart and meditations!
I just love being somewhere else.
Slid through with my business visa.
An ad for an electric BMW in the airport.
Now at my hotel!
Love being in a foreign country. When I was young, I wanted to be as savvy as possible. Now I want to be uncertain and fascinated.
This is in the bathroom. What is it?
This is in the closet. What is it?
Went to the ATM.
What an exciting time it is here at the studio. Lilla, Susan and Joanne are busy packing up to head across the pond to Brighton UK for the Global Art Gathering. This exciting and revolutionary workshop is being held at the stunning Brighton Dome next week.
Passports are out and ready to go with these fabulous “I Heart Art” and Lilla Rogers Studio School buttons that just came in!
Lilla’s been busy creating and designing her gorgeous jewelry that she’ll be wearing for the event!
Lilla snuck this photo of me working on one of the creative activities she’s doing in Brighton next Friday! Her lucky staff were her test cases and I can attest the attendees are in for a treat. It was so much fun and a great learning experience.
Lilla packing her bags!
Lilla’s trustworthy travel bag for Europe is buttoned with love from all of her artists and is ready to go!
Sadly, this event is sold out but we will be hearing from the ladies on their adventures in England and plan on bringing you live updates. In the meantime, read about more of the great things going on with Make Art That Sells here.
Stay tuned for more updates from Brighton and safe travels to everyone.
We are thrilled to announce our first ever LIVE MATS event and hope you will join us for a very special day! Make Art That Sells: The Global Art Gathering will bring together leading experts from the art industry with artists from all over the world, to explore how to build a flourishing art/design career by making great art that is commercially viable. The event will be held at the stunning Brighton Dome in Brighton, one of the most creative cities in Europe, on June 12, 2015.
This exciting new one day event will bring together leading experts from the art industry with artists from all over the world, to explore how to build a flourishing art/design career by making great art that is commercially viable.
Led by host Lilla Rogers, one of the top art agents in the US who has sold art for products worth over $100 million, this event is not to be missed. It will be a special opportunity to get an insight into what art sells and why, how to find more joy in your art and make a healthy living from your creativity. This is a chance to connect with other artists, grow your community and build your creative confidence.
***HURRY: The first 50 people to register with either standard package will get a signed copy of Lilla Rogers’ book ‘I just like to make things’ – first come, first served!***
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE EVENT?
The day will be packed with inspiring talks, panel discussions and Q&A sessions with top industry experts like art director Margo Tantau of MidwestCBK. There will also be a host of networking opportunities, an insight into the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search, a live art review and trend presentation by Lilla Rogers, fun surprises and an amazing buzz! PLUS Lilla Rogers will give a trend presentation and a LIVE review of artwork featuring a handful of the attendees.
WHY THIS IS WORTH IT FOR YOU
- You will learn insider secrets from people who buy and sell art every single day
- You will get specific advice on how to make your art more commercially viable*
- You will hear personal stories and lessons learned which will inspire and uplift you
- You will forge valuable and nurturing connections with peers from around the world
- You will get a professional level assignment to complete ahead of the event as a new portfolio piece
- You will come away more confident and motivated, knowing what you need to do next to make great art that sells
*Please note only a handful of artists will be featured in the live review, but review content will be relevant and applicable to your own work
Find out more by viewing our event brochure here – we hope to welcome you to Brighton in June for the art event of the year!