Mark Roberts has been designing Christmas collectibles for 30 years, creating charming accents, ornaments and stocking holders that are prized worldwide.
The company’s signature fairies each have a unique story, expressing the wonders and joys of the holidays with playful and mischievous flair. Mark and his team achieve this by creatively marrying classic elements with unexpected touches.
Over the next few weeks, Mark will share with us how some of the exclusive 2014 collection for Frontgate came to life.
The Best Laid Plans …
Each year, my unique collection of Mark Roberts Fairies, Elves and Santas comes to life, detail by detail. From facial expressions to exquisite fabrics, my designers and I carefully plan each design. We know exactly what materials we need to procure to make each one spectacular.
So it was with our 2014 collection. Off to market we went – my esteemed designer Jong, our magnificent assistant Gina and me – armed with a budget and ready to find specific trimmings for our dolls, notably our “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Santa.”
We were meandering in the subterranean depths of the market center when what to our wondering eyes should appear but an area brimming and glittering with every type of jewel imaginable.
Like a pirate discovering treasure, I grabbed every gorgeous bauble I could hold. Arms overflowing, I turned to ask my more reserved (yet still dazzled) colleagues which they thought we could use. Jong’s simple reply said it all. “Well … all of them, of course!”
So I promptly – and enthusiastically – burst my budget and bought as much as we could carry.
Sweet Serendipity …
With our bounty in hand, we headed to a casual Chinese dinner, where the ever-sensible Gina reminded me that we now needed to use all these jewels. So … with more than 25 pounds of jewels mounded on the table before us, we started playing.
Rough ideas became enchanting visions. I literally was laying out design ideas and jewelry combinations on the table while Jong was making rough drawings on the back of the paper placemat!
And thus were born our exquisitely decorated, handblown designer ornaments. As things often happen, these jeweled ornaments were never even on the drawing board … but from our serendipitous find and dinner table brimming with jewels came these gorgeous Christmas ornaments!
Next post, I will share with you how we got back on track and designed the most exquisite “Diamond’s are a Girl’s Best Friend Santa.”
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