Pattern design showcase part 2 – Module 1 (October 2014 class)

We are really pleased to introduce part 2 of our 4-part showcase of the beautiful work from our very talented Module 1 students of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design who took the course in October 2014. Here are some of our fantastic students & the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class.

17.Madeleine Ritchie - Space Invaders Retro

“The online community has been intrinsic to my development as it has encouraged me to share my work, and the support of others has boosted my confidence in my designs. I feel more positive about putting myself out there and find the feedback from others really useful” – Madeleine Ritchie | Website


“Module 1 challenged me to look at the world in new ways and opened my eyes to different approaches to creating art. It has helped me to develop my confidence and give me the encouragement to explore and try new possibilities of developing designs. The Facebook forum provides a valuable and safe place to showcase work and receive feedback, whilst also supplying encouragement and tips from fellow course participants” – Kevin Brackley | Website


“The community of other artists is exceptional and incredibly supportive. They really help push you on and encourage you. The course has helped me find my creative voice and I feel confident about the path I’ve chosen. Thank you!” – Emma McGowan | Website


“Module 1 has been a wonderful creative journey, taking me right back to basics. It gave me both permission and the opportunity to spend some time looking at the world around me, taking photographs, just sketching, doodling and making art. I loved every minute of it! – Ruth Lazerson | Website


“Sketching was by far the most powerful element of the course!  It has helped me design in a style that is my own” – Melissa Hourihan | Website

16.Cathy Nordstrom - Clouds

“The most powerful element of this course was the tools given by Rachael to go out and find inspiration and my creativity again. To open my eyes and draw, not to think to much and get my flow back” – Cathy Nordström, Studio Lilla Form | Website

18.Stephanie Davies - In Bloom

“The most powerful element of the course for me was creating a mood board for colour and inspiration. I gathered various objects that I own which inspire me and it really made me think of the reason why I liked them and what it was about them that I was drawn to, and I soon discovered the link in everything I collect, which seems so obvious now! The exercise really just pieced everything together for my work, as before the course I struggled with what style I wanted to stick with. It really helped me to be true to myself and not worry so much about what others might think” – Stephanie Davies | Website

19.Jocelyn Proust - Sweet Marsala Tweet

“Module 1 of ABSPD has inspired me to really pursue my love of pattern and design. 
Going back to the basics of looking, seeing and noticing pattern and colour everywhere, then translating that through sketching, drawing and digital application into designs has been inspirational and uplifting! I’m very excited to get started on Modules 2 and 3” – Jocelyn Proust | Website


“The most powerful element of the course for me was the breakdown of curriculum. It really gave me a better understanding of pattern design and helped me to understand colour, pattern and drawing again. I didn’t feel scared or overwhelmed by learning something completely new as we were given bite-size chunks and could really experiment with each phase of the process” – Christine Gardner | Website


“Module 1 has taught me to explore new ways to draw and has helped me to shift and broaden my perspective, I have gone beyond my comfort zone and this has enriched my skills as a designer in a broad sense” – Inma Ros


“Module 1of MIID has clarified the steps I need to take to be a surface designer. I have gained confidence and it’s been wonderful to connect with a like-minded and generous, creative community” – Alexandra Leafe

23.Lana Novak_Let's Go Fly A Kite

“The course has re-awakened my love for drawing and reminded me how much I have missed creating things in my own style. I now draw and create something every day and feel confident that it will turn into work I love doing in the future” – Lana Novak | Website



The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design is the definitive guide to becoming a surface pattern design professional.If you have ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, homewares, fabric or other products, this series of interactive online courses is for you! Thriving surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor will guide you along this exciting path from developing your signature style, to putting a collection together, and from protecting your work to monetising your designs. With a rich combination of design inspiration, practical advice, demonstrations, creative exercises, resources and interviews with leading industry practitioners, this is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to develop their design skills and break into the industry. Our next classes begin January 12, 2015 – we hope to be able to welcome you to class!

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