Pattern design showcase part 3 – Module 1 (January 2015 class)

Today we have the final part 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.

“For me the most powerful element of the course has been opening my eyes to seeing pattern everywhere and finding inspiration everywhere. By unravelling patterns that I admire I have discovered that creating a pattern is not necessarily as complicated as I thought. Although I am very much still a beginner, doing this course has demystified pattern design for me and inspired me to go and create many more patterns of my own.” – Marion Lindsay | Website

“For me the best was mark making, different kind of techniques to create backgrounds and motifs and layered look. This class really helped me with developing my own style.” – Metka Hiti | Website

“ABSPD1 has forced me out of my digital comfort zone, insisting that I get my hands dirty with paint and ink and paper. For this nudge alone I am incredibly grateful, and I know my work will continue to improve because of it. Throw in the supportive and talented group of fellow pupils, and you’ve got the ingredients for a very special five weeks of creativity”– Mimmi Hammill P&P Scholarship Winner| Website

“For me, the MIID class has helped me to focus on my personal color preferences, identify styles that I gravitate towards, and overall, has helped me to validate that my emerging illustration style can be applicable to a wide range of design markets. The most eye opening aspect of the whole course was that I can be free to explore and design without the fear of having to constrain my ideas into a technical repeat”– Nadine G. Messier | Website

“The most powerful thing I have learnt from the ABSPD is to use my own intuition and draw inspiration from myself and my view of the world, the things that I find beautiful and like and to use that as a starting point for everything I create. It’s given me confidence to be more of myself in my designs”– Nicci Nathanson | Website

“The most powerful element of the course by far was the ability to gain insight and feed inspiration from fellow surface designers. Experimenting with colour, shapes and hand drawn elements has helped me define and nurture a style within” – Nina Nott|

“The class offered some great general design tips however I found the technical bonus workshops to be the most useful.  The new technical information has allowed me to grow more as a designer as my designs now reflect more complex pattern development including some seamless repeats as well as layering” – Sarah Bertochi| Website

“For me the most powerful element of Module 1 was the exploration of mark making and textures. I feel empowered to try new techniques and mediums, to play and experiment,  and to incorporate that energy into my designs” – Shannon Hays | Website

“The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design guided me into a more intuitive approach to my sketching. I found the mark making explorations to be most powerful in discovering my inherent drawing style. After posting my mark making to Instagram I was commissioned to create the attached artwork for a children’s wear line.” – Shannon Roberts | Website

“It was a really inspiring course. I absolutely enjoyed all the process and the way of teaching step by step I could learn and be able to all the Keys elements of pattern design” – Valentina Compagnoni


Missed part 2? see it here



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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