Well, the subject for the May brief in Lilla Roger’s MATS Bootcamp was as the title says. Mmm, challenging. I am allergic to shellfish, so have never really thought about having a crab or lobster on my plate (real or painted!).
To be more specific, the brief was actually about combining darker coloured crustaceans with a pretty pattern. This seemed like a strange trend, but once aware of it I seemed to see it all over place in both the USA and UK. Other people also posted lots of pictures of where they had seen it. There was even a blogpost from Anthropologie with a designer that had produced a similar range for them. You can find it here.
In the end, my crustacean (a stone crab) didn’t end up being very dark in colour. But he did end up being sprinkled with little elderflowers and surrounded by a circle of Irish Moss seaweed. The background is actually 12 year old hand-dyed fabric – when my husband saw it being scanned he described it as “a rave from the grave”. I prefer to call it a treasured scrap from my special fabric box!
There were so many lovely interpretations of this brief, from elegant dinner party plates to fun paper picnic plates. You can see the entire gallery here.