Pattern design Showcase Part 3 – Module 1 (Sept 2016 Class)

Module 1
The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design’ is an online e-course run by surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor, with whom Print and Pattern offer an annual scholarship for a free place on all modules of the course, plus a host of other bonus goodies. ABSPD attracts a global audience with students taking part from all over the world. The September Module 1 class finished towards the end of last year and we have a stunning selection of students work to share with you. The next Module 1: Designing you Way class commences February 20, 2017 for those who can’t get enough of all things pattern!

Today we are delighted to bring you the third part of our 5-part showcase of the gorgeous work from our super talented Module 1 students of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design who took the course in September 2016. Here are some of our wonderful students and the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class.



Hilary Glynn | Instagram

The rich content of this course provides a perfect balance between inspiration and practical industry relevant information. I found myself both motivated and enabled to develop my own process and style. It has left me excited and determined to pursue my creative dreams.



Hilda Allen | Website

The most powerful element of the course has been the huge amount of knowledge shared by MIID, the real world examples helped a lot and the support, feedback and encouragement in the Facebook group.


Jacqueline Martin Nurture

Jacqueline Martin | Website

Most powerful element” I have learned is how to use layering and colour, this has changed the overall look of my designs.



Jaye Thompson | Instagram

ABSPD Module 1 is informative, instructive, technically helpful and, for me the most important element as a designer, INSPIRATIONAL! I’m looking forward with great pleasure to ABSPD Module 2.


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Jennifer Kellett | Instagram

Module 1 has given me the confidence to trust in my own style and not be afraid to experiment with colour. The technical workshops are very concise and I have gained skills that would have taken months to learn on my own. Being able to connect with other designers through the Facebook group has also been invaluable.



Jenny Edden | Instagram

The most powerful elements of this course for me are that it takes you back to basics, I have loved the photography and drawing tasks, they have helped to re-energize my creativity and given me confidence. The colour exercises have been so much fun too, encouraging me to work with colour in new ways.  It really sets you on the path to bring out the designer you want to be.


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Jimena Garcia |

Doing Module 1“Designing your way” in ABSPD has been an exciting and inspirational journey for me.

This course has made me feel so much more confident about becoming a designer, and it has given me the tools to create and experiment freely.



Julia Khimich | Instagram

The course is very inspiring, friendly and perfectly balanced. If you dive into it completely and go through all the stages of the course, you will definitely pass to the next level of your evolution as a designer.

My goal was the defining of my own style, and it actually happened. Now I feel myself deeper as an artist and designer. I know exactly what to do to home in my own authentic style. I am much more confident now.



Kamlash Gordon | Instagram

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern design took me right back to basics in the first week of the Module.  Seeking inspiration and mark making.  I found this INVALUABLE!!!

It has given me the confidence to draw again.  Something I was afraid to do after years of believing I wasn’t any good.

I now see myself as a surface pattern designer and developing my style and identity further in Modules 2 & 3.


Karin Lindblom-Camouflage

Karin Lindblom | Website

Even if this course was just a first step in to the wonderful world of patterns, the most powerful elements for me was how it was structured, how it gave me an insight to the industry and not the least the encouragement from both Rachel and her team, as well as my classmates. This as a whole helped me not only to develop my signature style but it also gave me a confirmation that this is what I should be doing.



Katy Hunt | Instagram

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design has been life changing for me. I have finally learnt how to change my dreams into a reality. This course has taught me brilliant technical skills that I thought I would never grasp and that I am so grateful for. Most importantly it has given me the courage to believe in myself, be brave, experiment and get my design work out there for the world to see. It has shown me that the possibilities are endless and so, so exciting…thank you so much!!!!


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Kay Whittaker | Instagram

The Module 1 abspd course has given me new ways to unlock my creativity and has given me the confidence to try new techniques and take my ideas to the next level. I have loved finding new ways to work and meeting new creative people in the Facebook group.



Laura Medei | Website

This course has helped me trust in myself as an artist and given me the thrill of dreaming about me as a designer.

A great community of talented artists. The right place to be when you want to breath pure creativity.



Laura Tulloch | Instagram

This course has been an amazing experience giving me the courage and confidence to develop my creativity further. The mix of design and technical workshops are perfect encouraging you to explore new ideas and learn the technical skills required to make it in design. I can’t thank Rachael and her team enough and encourage anyone who is thinking about doing this course to just do it! You really won’t regret it :)


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Leanne Longwill | Instagram

For me, the most powerful part of the course has been restoring my confidence in my talents and abilities. Rachel’s constant encouragement in the lessons became a louder voice in my head than that of my old buddy self doubt.


Liz Lasek Mandala

Liz Lasek | Instagram


  • Check out Part 1 of the Student Showcase here.
  • Check out Part 2 of the Student Showcase 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 20, 2017– we hope to be able to welcome you to class!

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