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.
Well I woke up to the exciting news this morning that although I didn’t win the main prize for ‘Design Surface Patterns From Scratch on Creative Live, I won an honorable mention from Bonnie Christine and a set of her illustrated art prints together with a free year’s subscription to the Roost Tribe……………..YAY!!
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.
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…
So I tracked myself down a good old fashioned Spirograph……….yeah you remember them from the 80’s right, at least I think they were out in the 80’s. I found my doodles weren’t quite so easy to scan and come out clear as you can see by the few imperfections but it was a fun experiment and I think I shall play some more 🙂
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 🙂
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.