Pattern Design Showcase Part 3 – Module 2 (April 2016 Class)


We are thrilled to bring you part 3 of our 5-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 2016. Here are some of our fantastic students and the work they have created over the 5 weeks in class – hope you enjoy!


Jacqui Mulvagh | Facebook

The most important part of the course, for me, at this time, has been the branding. It’s made me think about how I would like other people to see my work. The rest of the course is awesome too!


Jamie Niebergall | Website

What I really took away from this course was the information about building collections around trends. I was under the impression that a collection has to use the same motifs, when in fact there are many different ideas that a collection can be build around (i.e. color).



Jane Skirrow | Instagram

Module 2 has been truly groundbreaking for me. As well as building up my artistic skills and technical knowledge, it has encouraged me to delve deep when developing my brand identity. I now feel excited and ready to build upon this initial base, knowing that my brand will be true reflection of my creative style.



Janet Hild | Website

I am still working on Module 2, taking my time through the branding section.  Make It In Design is sharing so much information, it takes a bit of time to take it all in.  I so appreciate the MIID team providing so many useful guidelines, in such a way that is easy to understand and work through in our own way.


Jennifer Vichinksky counting-petals-miid

Jennifer Vichinsky | Website

I am very new to the art of Pattern Design & I am so glad that I took this course!  You get so caught up in your own “Bubble”, that it is hard to imagine creating in a different way, using different techniques & opening your mind to all the possibilities.  Being new to designing for intentional “professional” purposes, this course has really opened my eyes & mind to all that should be considered–colors, trends, style, brand image, world events–& the different techniques that can be used to expand your own personal style.  This course has really helped me do that!



Jessica Baldry | Website

Module 2 has really helped me to understand more about the Surface Pattern design industry, especially trend forecasting and the importance of having a strong brand identity. It’s packed full of interesting design briefs and amazing guidance on how to approach them, whilst staying true to your personal style. I’ve loved every minute and can’t wait for Module 3!


Joanne Tubman - Fun in the Sun - Geometric main low rez

Joanne Tubman | Instagram

Rachael continually said that it’s okay to make mistakes when learning the technical part of designing. Just hearing her say that made me relax and enjoy learning process of Illustrator and Photoshop…. I learned to just trust myself more.



Julie Watson | Instagram

I have so enjoyed continuing with Module 2.There is so much information and I have really enjoyed soaking it up like a sponge. I’m continually finding myself learning and wanting to push myself to do the best I can. It’s just what I needed after becoming so rusty from lack of drawing and digital knowledge.



Kate Harley | Website

Module 2 has given me invaluable insights into the industry and the opportunity to gain an amazing amount of support from the Make it in Design community. It has helped me to push past my boundaries and reach new heights!



Kath Watmough | Facebook

The most powerful element of the course for me was being more aware of trends across all markets; looking at the bigger picture, keeping an open mind and looking at everything around you. This will help me develop even more as a designer.


Katie Moore Slice of Paradise lr

Katie Moore | Instagram

I absolutely loved participating in Module 2; the amount of information provided and skills learnt was huge.  A big plus for me is the community of online design friends I’ve made that continue to support one another long after the course has finished. I’m walking away with a huge confidence boost in my designs and my ability, with a passion to keep designing and working on my own style, the sky is my limit!


Kelly Kratzing - Grungy Frangipanis 550 px

Kelly Kratzing | Website

The most powerful element of the course was the huge amount of information on trends. I now feel confident that I can apply the trends that best suit my style and give my designs an ‘edge’. Thanks for being so willing to share your knowledge Rachael!



Kerrie Stepniak |

I have thoroughly enjoyed Module 2 and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to pursue a career in pattern surface design.

I loved doing the briefs found them very helpful and also have found the information i.e. trend forecasting etc. so useful.  I think a lot of the insider information provided by your course would take someone along time to gather for themselves.



Klara Hawkins | Website

I haven’t completed the course yet but it’s already made me think about my work in a completely different way. Can’t wait to complete all the exercises knowing that after that I will be well on my way to finding my own style and having a strong individual brand that’s true to me.

Laura Grant | Website

Module 2 has been fantastic. A crazy amount of information has been shared which has been invaluable. The community support is brilliant; it’s great to get feedback from peers who share in pattern passion! I’m looking forward to Module three, and having my daily dose of medicine!


Laura-Southgate - Hedge Cuttings HR

Laura Southgate | Instagram

The most powerful element of the ABSPD Module 2 for me has been developing my technical skills. It has also drawn out my creativity, stimulated idea generation by showing how trends can be used and helped me apply my designs to products – really exciting!


Leah Quinn - Paris Geo-LoRez

Leah Quinn | Website

The assignments really helped push me further in developing my surface pattern design skills especially with the videos and sample product briefs, they are just fantastic resource to learn about industry standards! The technical knowledge I learned through the course’s content has given me confidence to mock up any products with my surface design creations including designing my own templates.  I needed to learn those skills, greatly. How Rachael shared her technical skills for pattern making catapulted me to really understand both AI & PS software so much more than I originally did. Thank you! – Even my patterns thank you! :)



Letizia Vellar | Instagram

Thanks to ABSPD I increased my knowledge in pattern design area and with Creative Exercise I improved my creativity.



Lindsey Slutz | Website

One of the best things about ABSPD is the community. It’s great to get feedback from others as you are learning and finding your way in the world of SPD.



Lori Ann Woodard | Website

The most powerful element for me in Module 2 was learning and understanding more about Trends.


Lorna Brown -cosmic voice

Lorna Brown | Facebook

I’ve loved the expert advice and industry information. The technical workshops and support has been invaluable. The online creative network has been inspirational. I think this course has been worth every single penny and more. Thank you Rachael and team for sharing all that you know and encouraging me to believe that there is a place for me in this business too.

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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 February 20, 2017 – we hope to be able to welcome you to class!


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