Winter School 2017 Winners


The Make it in Design team has truly enjoyed every moment of the very first ever Winter School and we hope you enjoyed it just as much! Today we are excited to announce our Winter School winners and offer our HUGE congratulations and thanks to you all!

Rachael Taylor: “WOW I can honestly say the MIID team and I have been completely WOWED with the extremely high standard of submissions for our very first Make it in Design Winter School in 2017. It’s been a pleasure and honour to look at the wealth of wonderful and gorgeous colour, patterns and textures and the outstanding ideas. We are so very proud to have a global community of extremely talented designers creating world-class work and standing out as major players in the design industry. I personally cannot wait to see what you all do next – it’s such an exciting time and a true honour to be part of your design journey. A HUGE and SINCERE thank you for all the time, love and effort you’ve demonstrated over the last few weeks.”


We teamed up with Fashion Formula for Winter School. Fashion Formula is a fun and easy-to-use online platform whereby customers can create their own printed fabric, wallpaper, accessories or gift wrap. This is a fantastic opportunity to see your designs in physical form and Fashion Formula can ship to anywhere in the world!

Along side the chance to win a free place on an upcoming module from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design per track, Winter School participants were offered the chance to see their designs come alive in print courtesy of Fashion Formula. Find out more about Fashion Formula in our interview here.

Fashion Formula offered 9 prizes in total, 3 for each track of Winter School based on work submitted to the two trend briefs:

  • 1st prize: 3 meters of any fabric from their range and 2 tea towels
  • 2nd prize: 1 meter of any fabric from their range and 1 tea towel
  • 3rd prize: 2 fat quarters of any fabric ( 65 x 48 cm) and 1 tea towel

This is such a fantastic opportunity to see your designs in physical form and we were are honoured to reveal the winners below as selected by Fashion Formula.

If you are a winner, please email the team at so we can arrange to get your file to Fashion Formula!

The Winners!

Beginners Track

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize – four joint places awarded!





Intermediate Track

1st Prize

stewsha_l_anastasialomakinaintcb1Anastasia Lomakina

2nd Prize

gaynor_carradice_gaynorcarradiceintcb1Gaynor Carradice

3rd Prize – four joint places awarded!

alexbutcher_alexandrabutcherintcb1Alex Butcher

claireelsworth_claireelsworthintcb2Claire Elsworth


laranedeltscheff_laranedeltscheffintcb2Lara Georgine Nedeltscheff

Advanced Track

1st Prize

ruthburrows_ruthburrowsadvcb2Ruth Burrows

2nd Prize

belindasigstad_belindasigstadadvcb1Belinda Sigstad

3rd Prize – four joint places awarded!


lisalane75_lisalaneadvcb1Lisa Lane

rachelparker_rachelparkeradvcb1Rachel Parker

tracey_a_english_traceyenglishadvcb2Tracey A English

Alexander Wills from Fashion Formula:

“We hope that you enjoyed learning and creating as much as we loved being a part of your creative journey, and hope to see some of you contributing your designs to our Fashion Formula design community, competing in our design contests or seeing your patterns come to life through our digital textile and wallpaper printing facilities. All the best wishes and success for the future.” 

A HUGE congratulations to all of our winners and if you could please contact the team via for instructions on how to claim your prize.

Special Offer Just for You!

Enter the following codes to receive these exclusive discounts at Fashion Formula.

WINTERSCHOOLSAMPLE   – Try your design on printed fabric with one free sample of Poly Panama ( 20 x 20 cm)

WINTERSCHOOL10   – Spend over £10 and get 10% off any order of fabric, wallpaper, cushions, tea towels, aprons and gift wrap.

Both are valid until 28th Feb.

Prize Draw Winners!

In addition we held a prize draw to win places on the upcoming Modules 1 – 3 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. Entrants were required to simply submit work to the gallery for BOTH creative briefs in their TRACK and subsequently were entered into the prize draw. That was it – it’s not based on favourites or skill – it’s the luck of the draw so everyone had the chance to win!

Beginner Track Prize: A place on ‘Module 1 – Designing Your Way’ worth £189 (approx $236) starting this February!

Module 1 Designing Your Way

Designing Your Way (Module 1) is a five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. If you’ve ever dreamt of one day licensing your own designs but didn’t know where to start – Module 1 is your answer!

In Module 1 you’ll learn about colour and pattern by creating a set of source images, designing your own motifs, learning how to create repeats, putting together a colour swatch and mood board and designing a set of business stationery. We’ll help you develop your signature style and use this to brand your business, plus we’ll also provide you with plenty of time-saving hints and tips, inspiration and secrets from successful surface pattern designers too.

Module 1 ‘Designing Your Way’ starts February 20, 2017. Find out more.

The winner is …

Megan Corwin

* N.B This prize is one place on Module 1 from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design starting February 20, 2017. The winning place is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.

Intermediate Track Prize: A place on ‘Module 2 – Creating Your Professional Identity’ worth £259 (approx $324) starting February 20, 2017!

Module 2 Creating your professional identity

Creating Your Professional Identity (Module 2) is a five week online course where you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator, put a collection together and start your own label.

If you are excited about the thought of making a name for yourself, Module 2 is the course for you! We’ll also show you how to understand and predict trends, put a collection together and create technical repeats, learn the industry specifications for printing and designing for various products and protect your work. Plus we’ll show you how to market yourself, get noticed, build an on-line presence and attract the press.

Module 2 ‘Creating your professional identity’ starts February 20, 2017. Find out more.

The winner is …

Amber Coppings

* N.B This prize is one place on Module 2 from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design starting February 20, 2017. The winning place is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.

Advanced Track Prize: A place on ‘Module 3 – Monetising Your Designs’ worth £359 (approx $450) starting April 24, 2017


Monetising Your Designs (Module 3) is a five week online course where you will identify multiple streams of income for your designs. If you have a collection of work but don’t know how to get it out in the world and get it sold, this course is for you.

Here we’ll go into freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing and more. You’ll learn more complex techniques for sophisticated and commercially-appealing surface pattern design, how to negotiate a contract that’s right for you, manage your money, stay motivated, manage stock levels, write a business plan and so much more! Plus we’ll also share our little black book of industry contacts!

Module 3 ‘Monetising Your Designs’ starts April 24, 2017. Find out more.

The winner is …

Leanne Friedberg

* N.B This prize is one place on Module 3 from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design starting April 24, 2017. The winning place is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part this year and we look forward to continuing to promote you and your wonderful designs.

If you haven’t done so already then check out all the Winter School galleries here to see what our wonderful students created.

Patternbank logoWe want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Patternbank who provided us with all the A/W 17/18 Print Trends for this years Winter School. Want an insight into their world and read why they are such a fantastic resource for designers?  Check out this interview with Neil Elliott, Trends & Insight Expert from Patternbank! Keep an eye out for their TOP PATTERN PICKS from Winter School 2017 announced on their website very soon!

Summer School – coming soon!

Want to be a part of our next awesome global design event? Join our waiting list to hear when registration opens for our Summer School 2017!




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