Pattern design showcase part 3 – Module 1 (October 2014 class)

We are really pleased to introduce part 3 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.


“I think the stand out point for me in Module 1 was becoming more comfortable with my style. I do a lot of illustration work now, and I never knew what to do with my ‘patterns’ as they are mostly full page, black and white doodles in my sketchbook! This particular pattern was one of those, and I’ve finally managed to combine a hand drawn pattern with digital colouring in a way that’s still me” – Emma Oliver – Zenti Designs | Website

24.Bekki Tomkins - Christmas Elements

“As someone who has been in the design business for 20 years, this course has taught me how to draw again, and how to look for patterns around me. The Facebook group page has been supportive, encouraging and really inspiring!” – Bekki Tomkins | Website

25.Claire Williams - Chamonix

“Colour has always been my weak point but during this course it has opened my eyes to see colour differently and see it in my every day. It has given me confidence and inspired me to use what I am drawn to and use this to show my personality more in my designs” – Claire Williams | Connect

26.Pippa Shaw - Marbles and Flowers

“The creative exercises that took me out of my comfort zone were so inspiring. Thanks to all that I have learnt over the past 5 weeks I am really excited to continue developing my style” – Pippa Shaw


“It was only the first module of this amazing course and I have finally found myself as a surface designer. The most gratifying thing for me was been able to see my doodles and drawings as part of beautiful patterns. I can work my creativity in so many possibilities now!” – Roberta Barros | Connect

28.Rebecca Sollom - Bright Young Things

“Learning the practice of keeping and treasuring all material for later use, perhaps as textures, has been profoundly transformational for me. My mark-making has grown fearless: in this module I truly learned to love my experiments” – Bec Sollom

29.Traci-Pollard-Powder Puff Paisleys

“I would say, the most powerful element, although there have been many, of the course for me was developing my pattern love mood board. It really made me take a step back to see what I’m really drawn to and how it influences my style. At first I was overwhelmed and confused about who I was as a designer, but this course has helped me with the process of evolving into who I am and who I will become” – Traci Pollard | Website

31.Ella Elron-Breitman - One Marsala Pattern

“I love that the course was well structured and full of information as much as it was fun and encouraging to research and experiment” – Ella Elron-Breitman | Website


“It’s over 20 years since I was creatively active, this course has been the catalyst to renewing my interest and feeling of maybe being able as confidence is always key” – Elizabeth Kitching


“The “Make It In Design” module 1 course has helped me to organize my art and be better prepared for reaching out to the world” – Irene Cole | Website


“The best part of the course for me has been the guidance from Rachael on the creative thought process, and the stages you go through from gathering inspiration through to final pattern. It’s opened my mind and has helped me realise that I can do this! Thank You” – Lucy Holloway | Connect

35.Andrea Leupold-Springburst

“The most powerful elements of the course are twofold for me: 1) The Step-by-Step approach was important for me as a newbie in both Surface Pattern Design and Adobe PS & AI. I truly enjoyed building up new skills and exploring the wide range of possibilities alongside learning some core design principles. 2) The community is extremely helpful to verify your work and get critical feedback and alternative views first hand. Also the course material, FAQs and the folks in the Facebook group are sharing so many tips and other links, its just a amazing what a repository of information is being collected in such little time. And not to forget I had loads of fun exploring my inner child.” – Andrea Leupold | 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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