Design Surface Pattern From Scratch…………..

So I recently took Bonnie Christine from Going Home to Roost  class ‘Design Surface Patterns From Scratch’ on Creative Live……….WOW what a worthwhile investment that was and for such a good price. Not only is Bonnie such a great designer but she just has a lovely nature about her that I found I could just sit through the masses of video’s for hours and hours on end. In another life I think she could have been such a great teacher. Taking this class has inspired me so much to want to pursue a career in surface pattern design and give it a really good shot.

At the end of the class we were given a project (homework) to design a six piece collection. I’m new to pattern design and of course I have never designed a collection before but I really enjoyed the process and I’m quite pleased with the end result, although now I realize I need to do a bit more homework on designing a collection as I don’t think my collection is quite right in ‘collection’ structure.

Here’s my collection……The theme is ‘A day trip to Granny’s house’ and hopefully you can see it is a kind of retro / quirky take on the classic fairy tale Red Riding Hood.

It’s been a good week………

Well today has been a good week, first of all with the news that I won a place on Module 3 Make it in Design from #SummerSchool. Secondly, my daughter was accepted to go and study in Washington DC at the start of next year…….and thirdly my very first ever fabric sample arrived from Spoonflower.

I was both excited and nervous about this piece arriving as I was terrified I had designed it all wrong and it was going to come out terrible. Thankfully it came out great and i’m not going to lie I almost cried when it arrived.

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A pattern a day for 30 days……..

So I’m taking a new course – Illustrator 110 Patterns through Atly with the amazing Alma Loveland (love her work) and I have to say I’m loving every minute so far, and I’ve learnt so much already. I’m beginning to think I might just get the hang of Illustrator after all.

Anyway, Alma suggested to make a pattern a day for 30 days to practice with pattern repeats.So that’s just what i’m doing…

Illustrator drives me crazy……..

So I’m desperately trying to persevere with Illustrator, this morning i was so happy that i managed to draw this flapper girl straight in to Ai (I’m not much of an artist)…….I soon discovered I wasn’t so clever and couldn’t edit individual pieces. I wanted to have the feather one color and different colors in other parts. I managed to incorporate a little color and turns out I like it 🙂   

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So these are for the Make It In Design summer school intermediate brief 3 dissonance theme – feathers. Still not sure exactly what dissonance means and I don’t think this entirely fits the brief, but hey it has feathers 🙂

I still have an idea to work on but if all else fails I think this one will have to be it.