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

We are really pleased to introduce part 1 of our 4-part showcase of the beautiful work from our amazing Module 3 students of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design who took the course in April 2015. Here are some of our talented students and the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class.


Chrissy Gaskell|Website

“The amount of information provided in this course was amazing! I have so much valuable resource material that I can always refer to, along with 3 months access to WGSN! Priceless! Interviews with successful designers, coupled with diverse live briefs and a book full of contacts! Well worth the investment!” – Kevin Brackley| Website

“It has been a colourful journey with so much information and exposure to the world of pattern. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Now I can go back and use all the guidelines to set up my own business step by step. Most of all I can visualise my products  in the shops and know so much better what I want to achieve.. .it was a very constructive course”

– Lise Stephens|

“Module 3 has really helped me focus on whether I want to sell outright or license, and got me thinking about exhibiting at trade shows and approaching buyers. It’s been the push I needed to take me to the next level”

– Emma McGowan | Website

“The business content is very valuable now and for my future business plans. And the online community was such a pleasure to be part of.”

Cathrin Gressieker| Website

“This course really focused my mind on the business aspect of surface pattern design and made me do something I had never done before – a non floral pattern! Thank you for pushing me both creatively and professionally. A great module”.

– Christine Gardner| Website

“Marc Jacobs once said “I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting”

The make it in design course is making it possible for this to become my reality. It has given me confidence to soar to new heights that I hadn’t even dreamed possible. The support from not only the Make it in design team but also the really wonderful and talented designers on the Facebook group is simply inspiring”.

– Bethany Travers | Instagram

“Since doing the ABSPD course, I have gained so much more confidence as a designer, not only from the wealth of information that allows you to work towards your goals, instead of just dreaming about them, but also from the amazing online support from the group. This really wasn’t something I had expected. The whole thing is a real game changer”.

– Sarah Braithwaite | Website

“Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this module and have generally found the whole course so inspiring, full of information and just a very fun supportive course to do. I definitely feel, thanks to ABSPD, that I am heading in the right direction”.

Sarah Fowlis |

“Even though I’m not quite ready to launch my business, Module 3 has given me a vast amount of knowledge that will enable me to make informed decisions about what I want to do as I move forward. The Facebook Group has been such a fun, safe place to find support and inspiration.  The whole experience has been wonderful”.

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


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