Pattern course showcase part 2 – Module 2 (Aug 2013 class)

We are really pleased to showcase more of the beautiful work from our very talented Module 2 students of ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course) who took the course in August 2013. Here are more of our fantastic students & the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class.

Marta Caraballo-Navy-1

“I really enjoyed this course because it brought back my style which I had lost working as an in-house designer for a stationery boutique here in Colombia. It has also given me the keys for building my brand and showing my designs.” – Marta Caraballo


“I feel that the most powerful element of the course is being able to see the real life application of the concepts that Rachel covers in the workshop. Knowing that the information we are receiving is based on first-hand experience makes what we are learning even more significant. As a new designer, the insight that Rachel shares in the workshop as to the industry and expectations as an artist is invaluable and the community that has formed is a huge support system equally as valuable as the workshop itself.” – Margaret Applin



“This module has given me a solid base of knowledge about the pattern world and I can build up on this know now. It would have taken me so much longer doing a research about this all by myself. The course also really gave me self-confidence and I see my direction very clear now.” – Petra Hofmann


“The most valuable part of the course for me was the process of becoming aware that your owe style is you and that it is very important to stay close to yourself. I realised that finding my own style had begun quite a long time ago. Studying my own work, looking very precisely at what I like in work of others and learning about who you are made me discover my style. Of course it is a process of developing, which never ends. I made a collection: ‘Comin’ Home’ . This collection reflects my feelings of coming home to myself and the feeling of coming home I want others to give with my work.” – Jeannet Amende

Catherine Young - Autumn Wanderings

“This course has been a wonderful inspiration, encouraging my own unique creativity and developing skills that will enable me to apply my art to a whole new variety of products.” – Catherine Young of Bumpkin
Mhairi McDowall - 1950's Sway simple lines, for web
“I really love the sense of community, sharing with everyone on the Facebook group really helps build your confidence. Even though your designs might be a completely different style from other peoples and you’re not quite sure if you’re going in the right direction the group really helps you to gain the confidence, that I certainly needed. In fact I have just sold my first ever design!” – Mhairi McDowall

jessieg mini hydrangea lowres

“For me, module 2 of the ABSPD course fuels my excitement for a future career in SPD. During the five weeks, we are exposed to very helpful and interesting information and exercises; giving us practical knowledge = confidence.” – Jessica Gray / Jessie G

Emily Hawkins Floral Stripes  (Low-Res)

“This course has given me a great insight in to the Surface Pattern industry and has helped me to build upon the knowledge I gained at University, studying Textile Design.” – Emily Hawkins


Verena Münstermann


“This course offered me lots of energy and inspiring images,tools and ideas to help me create my own brand with confidence. I have a new trend and colour awareness that definitely influence my creative process and helps me develop my brand. I hope I can bring across the same passion and love for pattern than what I see in Rachel’s work! I really enjoyed the course, it was so much fun!” – Lise Stephens


If you are interested in ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course’, we are thrilled to announce we are running module 2 (starting on November 11 2013) and also module 3 (starting on November 11 2013). We also have the full series available (module 1, 2 & 3) starting in March 2014. Registration for all classes is open here

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