If you didn't already know, Lilla Rogers Studio recently launched their Global Talent Search and I imagine that every aspiring designer in the universe will have entered - hoping to be the design world's 'Next Big Thing'.
The prize will be 2 years representation by Lilla - a massively exciting prospect as she's probably the most significant and well-known art agent in the world, representing extraordinarily talented designers. Through Lilla, their artwork is becoming so well-known, being brought into our lives daily by influential, design-led retailers such as Paperchase, that it's affecting design trends worldwide and is beginning to visually define an era.
In the first round, entrants were asked to create a journal cover as if Paperchase were the client, basing the imagery on old-fashioned playgrounds.
I immediately thought a mid-century illustrative style would work and I wanted to attempt to include children - but specifically as a pattern element. I wanted it to be joyful with a dynamic composition, featuring lots of primary -coloured elements (that Peptobismol pink wasn't plastered on everything when I was kid) but I also wanted to incorporate a vintage, faded feel to the palette.
In the end I chose a grey background because I thought it gave a contemporary feel to the vintage elements. The minute I'd submitted it I decided I wasn't sure if it flattened everything and had a major panic - but the deed was done. Sometimes I think I over-think things!
Thursday is D- Day - when we find out who's in the top 50. They're the lucky ones that get to enter the next round! Gulp.