week 5 in lilla rogers' make art that sells class :: gift market

tammie bennett zipper pouchweek 5 in lilla rogers' make art that sells course focused on the gift market. the gift market can basically be any type of product and any medium.  our mini assignment was to photograph or scan in bits and bobs that we collect.  i was so thrown off because i don't think of myself as a collector.  in fact, this year i've tried to get rid of the clutter in my work space.  i didn't even know where to begin.  after getting the main assignment on wednesday, i had more of an idea of what direction i wanted to go.  (thanks to lilla's amazing inspiration images.) lilla wanted us to create a super lush zipper pouch inspired by the photo real imagery currently trending in the fashion world.

i've noticed the runway trend of photo-real florals, and i've wanted to give it a try. but due to my previous utter terror when thinking about using photoshop, i put it off. i've made huge jumps in my skills since doing the plate project in week 2 of lilla's course, so i felt confident and excited to take this project on.

BUT i still needed subject matter.  the more i looked around my craft studio, the more i noticed the flowers, small animals and birds, sequins, feathers and vintage buttons.  i found bits that i bought 5-6 years ago just because they were so darn cool.  (like the little baby compass - eek!!)  chris took the kids out of the house and i spent hours scanning in lots of bits and bobs from my studio.  (i should have done it for the mini assignment, but alas i did not).  i began layering and layering and layering in photoshop.  HOURS of layering.  and then starting over because it got to cluttered and i didn't know how to edit.

i LOVE how the finished piece looks and once again i wish it were real so i could carry it around every day.

p.s.  lilla picked my wall art piece last week for her review.  it's funny because each week i have wanted so desperately for her to pick my piece to talk about.  and i was really excited that she did pick mine (thank you lilla for your kind comments).  but i have to tell you, even more rewarding than lilla picking my piece is the enormous growth and confidence i've gained from this class.  lilla has a way of getting people to stretch way beyond their limits.  i've worked so hard each week to do better than i thought i could do.  i keep pushing and pushing and pushing myself, knowing that the other hundreds of people in the class are doing the exact same thing.  the growth i've seen from my classmates is simply astounding.  and the attention lilla gives to this class is so much more than i expected.  i am so grateful for this kick in the pants.