Pattern design showcase part 4 – 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. Today we bring you part 4 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.

51.Mireille Marchand - Spring Flowers Field

“For me the post powerful element of the course was : the sketching part, the way to use our simple sketch as a motif and make it part of successful design”.


Mireille Marchand | Website



“I have learned so much with this wonderful class. The facebook group is awesome, so much support!! Thanks so much Rachael and Beth and all the facebook group! You are fantastic”.


Mónica Mota | Website



“I have discovered a whole new world of surface pattern design and learned to be open to everything around me to inspire my work”.


Nadja Sarell | Website



“This course has been amazing. I have learnt a lot and I have thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of experimenting and taking my time to see what is me and what is not. And of course the constant support of the group is incredible. I really feel looked after”.


Natalia Campo | Website




“This course has enabled me to start putting my dreams into reality.

I am totally enjoying the journey”.


Natasha Eveleigh | Instagram



“This fantastic course has really inspired me to carry on with my passion for design. I now see pattern in everything. I have developed my technical skills in AI and PS, thanks to Rachael Taylor bonus technical workshops and I have connected with a creative and inspiring community of designers, thanks to this course”.


Nicola Crawshaw of Lilabella Design | Instagram



“By focusing on the foundations of pattern making, the Mod 1 course really helped me understand the importance of experimenting with color, shape, and line to create dynamic work that is a true reflection of my style. Also, it was great to have access to tutorials in both Photoshop and Illustrator since I’m interested in learning techniques for creating designs using both digital and mixed media approaches.”


Paget Fink | Website


58.Pat Foltz-Whirl

“Through Module One of ABSPD I’ve achieved a whole new view of myself as an artist and designer.  I’m surrounded by an incredible creative community!  With the artistic jumping off points and technical information I’ve been given, I feel ready to begin a new phase of my creative life. I am so looking forward to Modules Two and Three”.


Pat Foltz | Instagram



“I love being part of such a positive creative community of fellow pattern addicts. The course has been well structured, informative and oh so fun”.


Rachel Parker | Website


60.Sue Cleveland-ToothySmileFlowers

“My creativity has been re-lit resulting in improved drawing skills, lots of AI & PS skills, and wonderful connections with like minded designers. I now have the basic skills to produce some designs which I hope to develop and share/sell in the future”.


Sue Cleveland | Website


61.Susi Sanlier - Spice up 

I absolutely adored the course because I GOT  the feeling that I really CAN become a designer, that anything IS possible if you truly WANT it and COMMIT yourself to it. I will continue to work hard and learn a lot about colours and pattern design and I am very much looking forward to the next modules. Thank you for making my journey into surface pattern design so much fun”.


Susi Sanlier | Facebook



“I haven’t been to art or design school, so I felt very beginner, but the course has given me inspiration to paint/draw everyday and to learn how to turn some of my drawings into patterns to see them on fabric and products, It’s been very exciting! Looking forward to the next modules”.


Sybille Pouzet | Instagram



“The most powerful thing for me is having you as a guide. There has been so much inspiration and support from you and everyone involved which has made it great fun and not too overwhelming”.


Tracy Emma Cupitt | Etsy


64.Vanessa Nordberg-Pretty Tea

“Rachael Taylor is not only a talented surface pattern designer but a very generous teacher who openly shares her in-depth knowledge in the world of surface patterns.  The course has provided me fundamental steps on how to create a surface pattern from where to obtain inspiration to creating a pattern collection.  The course has been intense and extremely valuable.  I’ve learnt and grown in such a short amount of time”.


Vanessa Nordberg | Website



“Thoroughly enjoyed the creative prompts and exercises which in turn led to a good process for making our designs come to life”.


Vineetha Naval | Instagram


66.Virginia Sardi – Hope 2015

“The course opened me to a world of possibilities and to start thinking and understanding some of the best practices for preparing artwork for the industry”.


Virginia Sardi | Instagram



Missed Part 1? Check it out here.

Missed Part 2? Check it out here.

Missed Part 3? Check it out here.



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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