Wednesday, 20 November 2013

MATS Blog Tour

Today kicks off a Make Art That Sells blog tour.  I'm one of the first (eek!) along with two other lovely students. The idea is we talk a little bit about our time on Lillas' wonderful course, and link to some of our fellow MATS students' blogs.  It's our little way of helping and promoting each other.  An amazing part of this course is the support and encouragement you get from your fellow students.  They're like a big team.....full of praise, advice, constructive criticism and 'likes', cheering each other on, 24 hours a day (great for us lonely designers who work on our own at home, and stay up working way past our bedtime). So this blog tour is our little way of continuing that support.

Well, first up here are my thoughts about MATS.  I LOVED it, every second of it, every late night and exhausted morning.  I didn't watch ANY telly for 5 weeks I was so into it.  All the beautiful inspiration which I LOVED, interviews,  Lillas' words of advice (especially if I was feeling a bit stuck....Lillas' "get cracking" always did the trick and has now become my mantra). Lilla's teaching is fantastic and inspiring.  You know the saying....A mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. (William Arthur Ward) Well, Lilla is definitely a great teacher.  I loved the mini exercises given on a Monday in preparation for the main assignments Wednesday,  I loved the weekly review. I loved everything!!  Most importantly, I learnt a LOT, which I can't wait to put into my new work.

If you want to read more about my time on MATS, please have a look at my previous blog posts. 

If you're in a rush, here is a little montage of the five weekly pieces I created while on MATS. Top left: Home Decor, bromeliad inspired plates.  Bottom left: Gift market, zipper pouch based on our collections. Middle: Children's Books, Russian folk tale 'The Language of the Birds'.  Top right: Bolt Fabric, Berries and Pyrex.  Bottom right: Wall Art.

Now back to my fellow students, please head on over to and who are both blogging today about their MATS experiences.  Tomorrow it will be the turn of, and so be sure to check them all out.


  1. Great post Linda! Your work is really cohesive and highlights your gorgeous style. The assignments look wonderful all grouped together like that. Thanks for kicking off a great blog tour!

  2. Fab post Linda. Your work looks great all together, you can see your style shining through. Looking forward to seeing everyone elses.
    x x x

  3. Loved reading this and your work looks fabulous! "Get cracking" has become my mantra too – I think I am getting on everybody's nerves around here already because I am constantly saying it!

  4. I love your work, Linda. Also I totally agree with our new 'get cracking' mantra.

  5. Thanks Danielle, Jo, Eva and Rachael. Look forward to reading all your blogs x

  6. Fab post Linda and FAB work!

  7. Great post to start the blog tour, Linda. Loved your work on Flickr and great to see your face now to go with the work. All the best to you!


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