Pattern design showcase part 2 – Module 1 (January 2015 class)

Today we bring you part 2 of our 3-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 January 2015. Here are some of our wonderful students and the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class.

If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.

“The course has been amazing for me as I previously studied to be a surface pattern designer. I feel that the course has helped me by reinvigorating my enthusiasm and passion and helping me to develop my skill set again so many thanks to you all and I look forward to modules 2 and 3.” – Helen Wainwright | Instagram


“This course has taught me to really follow what you think is right and not to compare your progress to everyone else. In time your style and design will naturally come” – Jocelyn Pidskalny | Behance

“The most powerful element of the course for me has been spending time doing something that puts a smile on my face under the expert tutelage of a truly inspirational practicing designer. I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt in such a short time and how far I’ve come” – Kate Hutchings |


“I tend to get really focussed on results, so the most powerful for me was to remember how much fun it is to just doodle, draw, paint, cut and paste. To get away from the computer and use my hands again, loosen up and really really really enjoy it, without worrying what the result will be.” – Larisa Van Houtven | Pinterest

“The topics I found most beneficial in class were color study, playing with layers, even when done with paper drawing my own icons without polishing them up – trusting my own line learning about the different types of patterns practicing creating patterns in exercises.” – Hilli Kushnir| Website


“Going back to basics on the course was great for me, it really helps you to understand all the different elements that go into making an amazing design or pattern. The exercises had me doing things I would never have myself thought to do, but which play a vital role in developing the skills needed to create original and exciting pieces.” – Leah Brandwood | Website

“The most powerful element of this course for me, has to be finding the real me and how I work most naturally. This module has really helped me to discover my own style identity, as well as a new found confidence in how I approach my work – something I have never experienced before.”- Lexi Mackenzie | Website

“ABSPD1 Module One has been a delightful experience. I loved getting back to basics with regards drawing and mark-making and really felt inspired by Rachel and Beth’s workshops and videos. The Technical Guides are a vital piece of the surface-pattern design journey and I will be forever grateful for Rachel’s advice which took me from complete Illustrator novice to someone who could confidently put together a technical repeat in just a couple of sessions.” – Lucy Innes | Instagram

“Most powerful element: This is reflected in my choice of submitted pattern design titled ‘Honeybees’. It was the cross pollination of expertise with a delightful variety of design styles mixed in amongst the extremely high standard of teaching. The design school provided the honeycomb container for us all to fill up with delicious nectar.” – Lisa Victoria McLoughlin| Website


“Homing in on your Signature Style”, I swear, saved me five years of meandering (I know it sounds like an exaggeration but honestly I don’t think it is!) I feel focused, I trust my taste and I’ve started  allowing my personality to come out through my drawings and designs.” – Lysa Flower | Website

Missed Part 1? See it here

Go to Part 3




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 September 21, 2015 – we hope to be able to welcome you to class!

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