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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.

Wow! Our Alumni Are Fantastic!

Lynda Metcalf

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.




Rhiannon Pettie

Module 1 graduate Rhiannon Pettie has launched her first collection with iPhone accessories company ArtsCase, card printing company Card Isle, AND has an upcoming collaboration with online stationery retailer Elum!


Stephanie Davies

Stephanie Davies wins a FREE booth at Printsource New York in August 2016, by taking part in a live brief offered by Printsource in the Ultimate Portfolio Builder. Read all about her experience, top tips and watch her video here!

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Tracy Miller

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


Jo Elise

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

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!


Dot & Flow Design

We were thrilled to hear that a number of our very talented course alumni have now formed a wonderful collective, Dot & Flow Design and were able to exhibit at Surtex in 2016 – best of luck to you all in the future!

Dot and Flow collective


Cindy Willingham

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

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!

Charlotte Brown Wallpaper designs. Images courtesy of Eades Bespoke


Tanya Paget

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, signed a contract with a cool agency in Scotland and exhibited at both Premiere Vision, Paris in February and Surtex New York in May 2016.


Jessica Wilde

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  exhibited for the first time at The British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate in 2016!

Jessica Wilde

Jessica Wilde products. Images courtesy of NOTHS



Kelly Angelovic

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.


Beth Schneider

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!

GuilderyImage courtesy of Guildery

Alumni Features in MOYO Magazine!

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 fabulous examples of features and class showcases:

Alumni Success feature (in MOYO Issue 8 p.99 – 106)

MOYO issue 8

Alumni Success feature (in MOYO Issue 7 p.139 – 144)

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Gavin Ross Rutherford (in MOYO Issue 6 pg. 108 -109)


Genine Delahaye (in MOYO Issue 5 p.96-97)


Alumni Success feature (in MOYO Issue 5 p.106-109)


Sam Osborne (in MOYO Issue 4 p.76-77)

M4 SF Sam Osborne

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

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Emily Truong (in MOYO Issue 3 p.58-59)

M3 SF Emily Truong

Simi Gauba (in MOYO Issue 2 p.42-43)

M2 SF Simi Gauba

Suzanne Washington  (in MOYO Issue 1 p.20-21)

M1 Suzanne Washington

Class showcase in MOYO Issue 6 pg. 112 – 117


Class showcase in MOYO Issue 5 pg 98-105


Class showcase in MOYO Issue 4 p.80-83


Class showcase in MOYO Issue 3 p.68-69


Class showcase in MOYO Issue 2 p.44-48

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