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Alumni Success

We are incredibly proud of our alumni who are already thriving as designers, winning design contests, securing licensing deals and being featured in books and on major blogs.


Here’s a handful of our alumni success stories:

  • Lynda Metcalf is crowned the latest Printsource New York winner in December 2016. She wins a FREE booth at the 2017 show as a result of taking part in a live brief offered by Printsource in The Ultimate Portfolio Builder.
  • Module 1 graduate Rhiannon Pettie launches her first collection with ArtsCase.

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  • Tracy Miller a freelance graphic designer sold four designs to Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine (published in March 2016) thanks to a live brief offered by the company in our The Ultimate Portfolio Builder.

Tracy Miller

  • In 2015, Jo Elise took the brave decision to leave her full time job to establish her own brand. She now has a range of stationery which includes notebooks, greeting cards and calendars and a recent collaboration with online retailer Direct Blinds to her name!

Jo Elise is now working with Direct Blinds

  • Gail Myerscough is a surface pattern designer based in Manchester, UK. She is enjoying a run of successes including being featured in the February issue of The World of Interiors magazine, has a range of cards, cushions and mugs for sale at the Craft Shop in the Royal Exchange Theatre and is adding new products to her shop all the time! Way to go!

Gail Myerscough is on a surface pattern success roll!

  • We were thrilled to hear that a number of our very talented course alumni have now formed a new collective, Dot & Flow Design and will be exhibiting at Surtex in 2016 – best of luck to you all!

Dot and Flow collective

  • Maine, USA -based self-proclaimed craft revolution ambassador, sewing and surface pattern designer Cindy Willingham has a number of sewing patterns in her line and more on the way – we can’t wait to see them!
  • Charlotte Brown is thrilled to have signed a number of exciting licensing deals in 2015. Alongside a range of luxury wallpapers with interiors company Eades Bespoke in the UK, her designs are also available as phone and tech cases through both Casetify and Deindesign. She’s certainly one to watch!

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Charlotte Brown Wallpaper designs. Images courtesy of Eades Bespoke

  • Tanya Paget’s work was picked up by Feathr as a result of a Module 2: Designing your way brief. Two designs were selected for production as wallpaper and shown as part of the London Design festival at Tent London in September 2015 resulting in demand for other colourways and lots of great PR exposure! Tanya joined forces with other students taking the course to form a new collective called Finch & Foxglove, has signed a contract with a cool agency in Scotland and is preparing to exhibit at both Premiere Vision, Paris in February and Surtex New York in May 2016. Best of luck Tanya – let us know how you get on!
  • Jessica Wilde is now enjoying life as a freelance surface pattern designer; licensing her art, working with a design studio and developing her own range of products to sell on Not On The High Street. Her work was selected to feature in Marie Perkins’ ‘Print and Pattern: Geometric’ book, she won a recent Tigerprint competition and will be exhibiting for the first time at The British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate in 2016! Exciting times ahead for Jessica!

Jessica WildeJessica Wilde products. Images courtesy of NOTHS

  • Kelly Angelovic is enjoying continued success including a holiday card with Papyrus Greetings, a book cover design for a local author, sales of a new pattern of her with JoAnn Fabric, a holiday themed giveaway with her art tribe ‘Kindered Art Collective and a candle packaging design.
  • The Guildery have selected three of ABSPD student Beth Schneider’s pattern designs which they have curated in to the Walden Collection. This includes pillows in various sizes, wallpaper, table runners, tea towels, cloth napkins, wrapping paper, fabric by the yard, and their most recent product….fabric wrapping paper!

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  • ABSPD graduates Dawn Gonzales and Amanda Laing had illustrations selected to appear in the UPPERCASE Creative Calendar 2016 coming out in January. You adult coloring book addicts will love this 365 day coloring calendar full of creative prompts, patterns and whimsical illustrations from a very talented group of international artists.
  • ABSPD graduate Fizah Malik was asked to design a pattern for a record sleeve for Flying Vinyl. After posting the pic from that photoshoot on Instagram, she was contacted – and subsequently joined – an upcoming studio called Collective 12.

Flying Vinyl

  • ABSPD graduate Carrie Schmitt from Seattle, Washington releases her first book ‘Painted Blossoms’ published by North Light Books. Congratulations Carrie! Carrie’s work is also licensed with several home décor and stationery companies, including Dianoche Designs, Hallmark and teNeues Publishing.
  • Catherine Worsley of Northern Lights Creative has won her first licensing deal with Shibumi Home after taking Modules 1 to 3!
  • Ali Benyon launches two new books; ‘From Little Things‘ an ebook all about how to run a successful creative business and ‘Stitched Paper Art for Kids‘ offering 22 awesome sewing projects
  • Alice Perry has licensed designs with watch company May28th and several other exciting freelance briefs. She has also partnered with Not On The High Street selling her illustrations.
  • Joanne Cocker’s career really took off after taking our ABSPD courses. She has her first licensing deal with Keka case. She’ll soon be featured in a book and has already found fame in both Uppercase magazine (the surface pattern guide) and Moyo magazine.
  • Successful alumni Mel Smith has had her designs picked up by John Lewis and several other stores nationwide.

John Lewis

  • Mary Tanana is currently working with Card Crazy developing a line of greeting cards after being selected as one of the live brief winners.
  • Emma Cochrane went from taking our Module 1 course to winning a Barker and Stonehouse cushion designing competition in less than 4 months!
  • After taking our ABSPD courses, Netherlands-based Saskia Van Cleef founded ‘Haakje Sluiten Design’ in 2014 designing and making her own fashion line

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We regularly showcase our alumni success in MOYO Magazine and on our blog here, along with some words from them about how the course helped them develop as a designer. Here are some examples:

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  • Alumni success group feature (in MOYO Issue 3 p.60-63)

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M3 SF Emily Truong

M2 SF Simi Gauba

M1 Suzanne Washington

We also regularly share a gallery of student images in MOYO Magazine. Here are some examples of past showcases:
















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