MATS

MATS

On top of many things happening around here, I have been taking two courses. Make Art That Sells (MATS) Bootcamp and MATS A. The first began in February and is a six-month activity, but at a slow and manageable pace. The second one is fast forward paced. Both are excellent and I am learning a lot with them. More details about both can be found here.

I want to share with you some of the results. I also want to say thank you to the teacher (the famous Lilla Rogers) and to my colleagues from both facebook groups. In most courses, but particularly in e-courses, you know that the group support is essential to the learning process and to the extra confidence boost so much required.

The most recent exercise project was to create an illustration for the cover of Aesop’s The Fox and the Crow fable. Children books’ illustration is not my cup of tea. Nevertheless, I tried not to skip it and here is my cup of coffee.

Copyright Bethania Lima Designs

“The Fox and the Crow”, illustration assignment for the children book market. Copyright Bethania Lima Designs. Part of the MATS A course.

One week ago I worked hard to make plates. The theme was succulents. Some pictures from my garden served as inspiration. The plates were part of the Home Decor week of the MATS A course.

Succulent_Garden, Home decor week assignment at MATS A course. Copyright Bethania Lima Designs.

Succulent_Garden, Home decor week assignment at MATS A course. Copyright Bethania Lima Designs.

And the first week of MATS A was devoted to the bolt fabric market. Vintage pyrex and tropical fruits were the theme.

"Vintage Tropical Cuisine", bolt fabric pattern, designed by Bethania Lima Designs.

“Vintage Tropical Cuisine”, bolt fabric pattern, designed by Bethania Lima Designs.

Patterns by Bethania Lima Designs.

“Vintage Tropical Cuisine”, complements patterns for the bolt fabric collection. Design by Bethania Lima Designs. Part of MATS A course assignments.

That week I was completely taken by the freedom and the happiness involved in the project. I learned an important lesson.

print design by Bethania Lima Designs.

“How is it called?”, print design by Bethania Lima Designs.

I felt really happy with developing my style and the end result was something that brought me a huge joy. I loved the way “my” birds turned out, the composition, the colours, the shapes. I felt I was finally happy with my style. Isn’t it a great feeling?

MATS Bootcamp, that will be back once MATS A is over, has been very pleasurable too. During the first month we made a cuckoo clock illustration and placed it into a cell phone case. Two technologies so far away brought together by the magic wand of the creative process.

Modern take on cuckoo clock, design by Bethania Lima Designs. Part of MATS Bootcamp course assignment.

Modern take on cuckoo clock, design by Bethania Lima Designs. Part of MATS Bootcamp course assignment.

During Bootcamp we were also asked to make a pattern for bolt fabric, this time using jelly like molds and tropical fruits together (tough!). But I did have a go there too.

"Geo jellies", pattern bolt fabirc collection. Design by Bethania Lima Designs. Part of MATS Bootcamp assignments.

“Geo jellies”, pattern bolt fabirc collection. Design by Bethania Lima Designs. Part of MATS Bootcamp assignments.

If you have come this further, thank you for the support and the visit!






11 Comments

  1. Tasha Goddard
    April 17, 2014

    Lovely to see all your Bootcamp and MATS work in one go. Gorgeous designs!

    • Bethania
      April 17, 2014

      Thank you so much for the support, Tasha!

  2. Miranda
    April 17, 2014

    Great work, great development of your style! I especially love your Geo Jellies and your Vintage Tropical Cuisine collection, fab work, keep it coming!!

    • Bethania
      April 17, 2014

      You have always been a great support, dear friend. Thank you for this comment as well!

  3. Anneline
    April 17, 2014

    It looks like you’re having so much fun. I think your style is definitely coming through and it’s nice to see that consistency across your design projects. Lovely designs!

    • Bethania
      April 17, 2014

      So sweet of you to pay a visit and leave this generous comment, Anneline. Thank you a lot!

  4. Silvana Carbajal
    April 18, 2014

    Love your work! Where can we find it in Santiago?

    • Bethania
      April 18, 2014

      Thank you, Silvana. Up to now, the only way of getting products with patterns of mine is by importing them. Hope to find some local firm interested in licensing or buying a pattern and applying it to their production line.

  5. Sue
    April 18, 2014

    It is lovely to see all this new work and I agree with the comment above your style is shining through.

    • Bethania
      April 18, 2014

      Thank you, Heloise! Your comments always make me happy!

  6. Rebecca Stoner
    April 18, 2014

    I love all this work Bethania and how your style is really showing. I really liked reading all about the different projects and processes too. Well done for tackling all those difficult subjects – I would have found some of them so hard!