To tie in with the #100daysofpattern project, we are absolutely thrilled to bring you a whole host of alumni success stories over the next 100 days.
Here we’ve invited our students over the last four years to share some of their designs created on our Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course, and their stories of what they’ve been up to since they completed our course and where they are now. For all those wanting to know how our courses really make a difference to your career – this is the series to watch.
Today we are delighted to share with you the success of Metka Hiti who resides in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Which module(s) did you take and when?
ABSPD9 Module 1(Jan 2015), ABSPD Module 2(April 2014), ABSPD9 Module 3(September 2015), ABSPD UPB (May 2015)
When did your interest in design first start and how did that come about?
Actually, I was interested in design for a long time but didn’t know how to start. And then I saw Bonnie Christine’s course on Creative live and that is how I started learning Adobe Illustrator and then I searched for other courses and saw Rachael’s course J I applied for scholarship and won Module 1 course and that’s how it all started.
What steps did you take to get to where you are now as a designer?I took MIID courses-Module 1, module 2, UPB and I’m taking Module 3 now. Also took some courses on Skillshare. I worked very hard and finished all assignments on the course. I must say that I was thrilled to sell 4 of my designs for Cardmaking&Paper craft magazine which was a second live brief in the UPB course J My designs will be in a February 2016 issue.
How would you describe your style?
Hand drawn, layered, sometimes also geometric, I also use paint brushes (for textures and painting), stamps (leafs, flowers, carrots as a stamp), wax crayons, …
I’m working from home. During The Ultimate Portfolio Builder I sold 4 patterns to Cardmaking & PaperCraft magazine. In addition I made designs for Society 6 and Kess Inhouse.
What advice would you give emerging designers wanting to build their portfolios?
You should use designs in your portfolio that best represent YOU as a designer. Portfolio should be unique, but not to a point of it looking sloppy or messy. I would do one portfolio with collections and the second one with patterns (with coordinates) that are not in any of your collections but are still amazing.
Looking ahead what are your major goals for the next couple of years?
Create a lot of designs and sell them I would invest those profits into various courses and promoting the brand in various shows like Printsource, Surtex, …
I would be warm, colorful, playful and unique, to make people happy and safe.
Tell us 3 interesting facts about yourself!
I love sports, especially volley ball, I sing in a band called Down 2 Music, I have 2 nieces Hana and Sara.
I’m a professor of mathematics who fell in love with surface pattern design and illustrations. Since I was little girl I was drawn to sewing, DIY project, drawing, making things with clay, but these things have always been just a hobby of mine. These hobbies have been with me through high school and university till now. Few years back I found out about patterns and I found my passion. Since then I took ABSPD courses, SkillShare courses and learned a lot of things. For the future, I hope to grow as a designer, sell my designs worldwide and become recognisable.
Starting on Monday November 16 each week we will announce a fabulous new theme and will be posting daily inspirations on the blog featuring designs from Rachael Taylor, our students, contributors and other amazing industry professionals for 100 days! Dip in and out or create every day for 100 days, it’s totally up to you. Just be sure to add #makeitindesign and #100daysofpattern to the images you post on-line. Watch out for the spot prizes handed out along the way too including Pattern of the Week!