Pattern design showcase part 1 – Module 1 (September 2015 class)

Here at Make it in Design we are on the countdown to the start of a new term of classes which commence February 1 with Module 1: Designing Your Way and Module 2: Creating your Professional Identity. Therefore we are really pleased to introduce part 1 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 September 2015. Here are some of our wonderful students and the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class.


“The most powerful element of the course for me is that I feel I can relate to the course, it is such a friendly learning environment and it gives you the freedom to find your way but with all the information and backing that you need when you need it.

I want to do a job that I love but at the same time I would like to make a career for myself and earn money, the course is showing me that this is possible if you work hard enough and the added bonus is that you are being taught by current designers who know the industry well. I feel I have come far in such a short time which I believe is down to me being happy with all aspects of the course. Can’t wait for Module 2”.

Mo Quinn |




“This course helped me to open with itself new sides. Will better learn to feel creativity process. Your course is a source of inspiration. I look forward to the beginnings of the second module”.

Maragrita Kudrinskaya | Website




“Module 1 has been an eye-opening experience for me. It has taught me how to relax and truly enjoy the design process, from finding inspiration and sketching, to conception and creation”.

Aimée Ellen Brender | Instagram




“I attended the first Module of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design because I was intrigued by the world of the Surface Pattern Design, but I didn’t know where to start. I would like to reinforce my personal style and I would like to know how to use it in this sector.

This course gave me the courage to work hard and to find the energy of my mark (sign) and to let it run wild on the paper!

I think that the success of a wonderful career start all from here”.

Alice De Marco | Milan | Website


5.Amna Kiran_Horses


“The Module 1 course of makeitindesign was an intense course for

me in terms of learning and an introduction to a wonderful world of design, the most powerful element for me was learning the software i.e Photoshop and Illustrator, it helped me to grow as a surface pattern designer”.

Amna Kiran |




“I’ve loved the course for the fact it’s made me take things right back to basics and has allowed me to explore my drawing techniques to give more depth and interest to my designs”.

Amy Neal |




Anastasia Kotis | Instagram


8.Anda Avramescu-Poppy Waves


“It’s thanks to this course that I entered the surface pattern design world I dreamed about for the last two years. It helped me achive a global vision of it and the first important tools, technical and not, to create motifs. How to create a good sketchbook and find colours that most suites me was a revelation. And if all this was possible it is also thanks to my classmates, a supportive and inspiring group to be part of! Very happy I did this course and can’t wait for Module 2 and 3”.

Anda Avramescu |




“As an artist this course has given me confidence to explore my own style of working and not to constantly compare my work to others. Being able to post work in the secure environment of the Facebook page was also great as it encouraged me to put my work ‘out there’ – something I wouldn’t normally do”.

Andrea Curtis | Facebook


10.Aysegul Kivilcim Kesim - Fruit me pretty


“The course was very well structured and provided very valuable field information through designer interviews, studio visits, sketch book samples etc. I never worked in the creative field before so this helped me enormously at having a better understanding of this sector and imagining myself being part of it”.

Aysegul Kesim |




“The most powerful element this course provided for me was the small briefs for creating patterns for specific products or with an specific design, that really gave me confidence on how to develop designs for different markets, as I was always towards the textile industry because of my degree in fashion and textile design.

Nevertheless, the whole course was a great tool to give me the confidence and experience I needed in order to start reaching out there, showing my portfolio, showing what I can do and reach for potential clients”.

Belen Monllau | Website



“After taking this course, I have discovered 3 things: purpose, passion and patience”.

Carmen Sabraw | Golden Tangerine Designs – Gingham Flowers | Website


13.CAROL ANN HATT - Posing Pansies


“This amazing course has given me encouragement and self belief that I can make it as a Surface Pattern Designer –  plus gaining new supportive friends from around the globe.

It has opened my eyes up even more to look around me and take in the colours and patterns we sometimes take for granted.  My sketchbook and camera travel with me on a daily basis now with the excitement of this new designing adventure”.

Carol Ann Hatt | Website




“The most powerful element for this course was learning more about the image trace tool in illustrator. It was inspiring to know that Rachael used this especially for her whimsical designs. I have been inspired to use more of my line drawings as is with image trace and with minimal tidying up”.

Cavell Ferguson | USA | Website



“The most powerful element of the course for me was the accessibility of the learning, all of the information given to us throughout the course was easy to understand and digest, which once learnt gave me the confidence to translate my ideas with ease. The support from Rachael and the other designers was amazing. Thank you”.

Chynna Brown | UK | Website




“Module 1 gave me the right amount of information in the right order. I can’t believe I created this and am looking forward to module 2. Thank you Rachael and Beth for your generous spirits”.

Cindy Carpenter | Blog


17.Claire Murray - Cheery Coral


“Thanks to the ABSPD team and the fantastic community of students for helping me find my creativity again (and my love of colour!) “.

Claire Murray | Instagram

GO TO PART 2 of our Module 1 student showcase




The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design is the definitive guide to becoming a surface pattern design professional.If you have ever dreamed 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 February 1, 2016 – we hope to be able to welcome you to class!

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