Pattern design showcase part 3 – Module 2 (April 2015 class)

Today we share with you part 3 of our 3-part showcase of the beautiful and amazing work from our very talented Module 2 students of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design who took the course in April 2015. Here are some of our fantastic students and the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class – enjoy!

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“How could I pick just one element of this course that’s helped me develop as a designer? All of it was amazing”.

Lysa Flower | Canada | Website


Surface pattern design of retro coffee pots by designer Katy Boss.

“The course has been so amazing in helping me trust my instincts and build confidence in my designs. I have learnt if you follow your heart and stay true to yourself, fulfilling your dreams won’t be far behind.”

Katy Bloss | UK | Website



Emma Griffiths | UK | Website



“This course has been a huge motivation for to me to develop new patterns and grow as a surface designer. I especially appreciated all the information on designing for trends—something I was not very familiar with before this course”.

Allie Runnion | USA | Website


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“This course helped me to identify my brand, and to design commercial wise”.

Fatima Gharaibeh | Canada | Website



“The course helped me improve my skills as a surface pattern designer through information and creative exercises. I also got to see “behind the scenes” of this industry – something that made me feel prepared to set up my own business”.

Anette Heiberg | Norway | Website



“The ABSPD step by step approach to understanding the world of pattern design and having the virtual community there for help, support and encouragement has driven me closer to becoming a surface pattern designer”.

Celia Worrall |



“The most powerful element of both Module 2 and 3 is the encouragement we were given to spend time designing. I used to feel so guilty for spending the whole afternoon drawing, now you can’t stop me! This has enabled me to produce work that I am finally proud of. I am so excited to get myself out there thanks to all the information I have been given whilst on this course”.

Bethany Twite | UK | Website


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“ABSPD Module 2 is so full of inspiring industry information and challenging briefs. I love the supportive classroom environment, it has really encouraged me to push myself and grow in new directions”.

Shannon Hays | Website



“The class gave me the chance to push my boundaries and learn a lot about the industry I am trying to get in – fabric design. Thank you for the information that was shared generously. I loved to work to briefs and do the creative exercises. Great class”.

Sofia Moore | USA | Website



“Some of the most valuable parts of this course were the interactions with other students. Seeing others work really helped to keep me motivated. I also really enjoyed working on some of the assignments that made me think outside of my standard design process”.

Jennifer Speer | USA | Website



“I think the most important thing I took away from the course was how to utilize trend forecasting to influence and direct my work in a more structured way – before the course I didn’t even think about trend forecasting in relation to surface pattern design! It’s amazing that there are so many connections across different areas and that what is relevant on the catwalk also influences how we go on to decorate our homes”.

Holly Dinsdale | UK | Website



Mimi Hammill | UK | Website



“I enjoyed learning about how to use colour effectively, trends and how to design patterns by looking at things in abstract/different ways”.

Rachel Johnston | UK


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“Module 2 has been a breathe of fresh air. Loved the engaging and informative industry interviews plus got a lot of enjoyment following the interesting briefs set, as a result my portfolio has really benefited. Fabulous course – Thank you”.

Stacey Liddall | UK | Website



“Module 2 has provided me with invaluable insight into the commercial world, and encouraged me to push my creative boundaries thru the use of colour, themes and new techniques”.

Nina Nott | UK | Pinterest



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 Module 2 class begins April 4, 2016 – we hope to be able to welcome you to class!

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