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Winter School

Winter School is an exciting global online design event that gives you experience working to A/W 18/19 trend briefs, helps build your portfolio and connect with other designers, and gives you the opportunity to get your work published!

Winter School 2018

Start your new year feeling inspired and full of creativity at our exciting global online design event. We are thrilled to announce that registration for Winter School 2018 taking place January 8 – February 2, 2018.

Register for our Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Track or a combination of them and enjoy creative briefs inspired by A/W 18/19 trend reports from Patternbank, a chance to get your designs printed thanks to Fashion Formula, awesome downloads, fun tasks, the chance to get your designs published and lots of treats and prizes along the way too!


Winter School 2017

2017 kicked off in style as we celebrated all things pattern, colour, and community at the Make it in Design Winter School! We loved looking at all of the amazing mood boards, sketches, paintings, collages, ideas, and pattern designs from hundreds of creatives across 44 countries.

Students were able to take one, two, or all three tracks of Winter School in order to build their portfolio with trendy, unique patterns while gaining valuable brief-led design experience.

Our 2017 trends were:

  • Beginner Track Brief 1: Reimagine // Tech Stripe
  • Beginner Track Brief 2: Reimagine // Earth Texture
  • Intermediate Track Brief 1: Opulent // Dark Veils
  • Intermediate Track Brief 2: Wilderness // Broken Beauty
  • Advanced Track Brief 1: Glam // Boho Rock
  • Advanced Track Brief 2: Opulent // Wondrous Nature

Click here to sign up for Winter School 2018!

Winter School Design by Rachel Parker

Winter School 2017 Galleries!

Following the announcement of our Winter School winners we shared the fabulous image galleries below for your viewing pleasure! Click the links to see the full galleries, or search #winterschool2017 on Instagram to see the works in progress  – ENJOY! The team at Patternbank also revealed their top Winter School picks on their blog too – check them out!

Beginner Brief 1: Reimagine // Tech Stripe

View the Beginner Gallery

Intermediate Brief 1: Opulent // Dark Veils

View the Intermediate Gallery

Advanced Brief 1: Glam // Boho Rock

View the Advanced Gallery

Beginner Brief 1: Reimagine // Earth Texture

View the Beginner Gallery

Intermediate Brief 1: Wilderness // Broken Beauty

View the Intermediate Gallery

Advanced Brief 1: Opulent // Wondrous Nature

View the Advanced Gallery

Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks

Our Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks have proved a big hit in the industry. They have not only been used for designers looking for inspiration, but as a useful source for companies scouting new design talent! Check out our Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks showcasing some of many gorgeous pattern designs created Summer School! This success encouraged us to keep the creativity flowing all year round, prompting the start of Winter School in 2017.

 Volume 1

 Volume 2

 Volume 3

Lookbook Feedback

“The quality of the course graduates work is excellent and incredibly professional. Arranging the designs by theme is fabulous for those looking for on trend prints such as tropical and tribal. They can find potential designs to buy or licence at a glance and can easily compare artists styles. For the students this kind of exposure is invaluable – they will have the full force of the Make it in Design team behind them, possibly reaching industry insiders you just couldn’t reach on your own.” – Marie Perkins, Print and Pattern

“The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook is an amazing resource for those just starting out in surface design and those looking to advance their portfolio. Here at DENY Designs, we are always looking to add talented artists to our family. We definitely look at publications like this to find emerging new talent. We love seeing the pieces displayed in the Lookbook with the ability to learn more about the artist, with a simple click, that created them!” – Lisa Kelly, Artist Relations Manager, DENY Designs

“It’s a really fantastic and diverse collection of on-trend surface pattern art as interpreted by a wide range of designers. It’s also a good resource for those like myself who are always looking for new designers and fresh styles.” – Sienna Parulis-Cook, Editor, Cardmaking & Papercraft

“The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook by Make it in Design is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration, and we can’t wait to see who will be featured in the next issue. It is quickly becoming a ‘must be in it’ for any emerging textile designer!” – Massimo Iacoboni, Producer, Printsource New York

“What a fabulous ‘go to’ resource for any industry seeking new design talent! I was impressed by the diverse collections and skills on show, with a commercial edge but fresh and exciting at the same time. A perfect showcase for any aspirational surface pattern designer.” – Janine Burrows, Senior Designer, Jam and Ginger Design Studio

“The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook is a great way to begin getting your work circulated and seen. Like the saying goes – ‘If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE! Nothing will happen if there are no eyeballs on your work! This Lookbook is a great way to start!” – Khristian A Howell, Colour and pattern expert

Winter School Partners

We are delighted to be partnering again with the fantastic trend house Patternbank and digital textile printing experts Fashion Formula following another successful Summer School in 2016.

Fashion Formula is kindly offering a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize per track:

  • 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


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 WS 2018 is just around the corner! We hope to see you this January!

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