I've Made It To The Top 8 Of The Printsource Competition!

I'm delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted into the top 8 of the Printsouce Competition! The winner will receive a free booth at the Printsouce show in August 2017 to debut their patterns in New York. I would like to thank Rachael Taylor and the Make It In Design team for giving me an extra push with this amazing online course, The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. I've really learned a lot and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about surface pattern design industry!

Here are the patterns that I entered:

MATS Home Decor Week 1: Birds & Metal

I am taking a home decor class with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. So far in week 1 I learned how to design products for metal. I really enjoyed this week and learned a lot of techniques! It's fascinating to see how metal can be applied to so many types of things. I really love drawing birds so this was extra fun for me. Here are some of the products I designed this week with my birds:

Pattern Camp Weekend

I spent this weekend fully emerged in Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift and I'm SO glad I did! Since it was also my birthday weekend, I was not sure if I wanted to spend it working or not, but I decided to take the plunge anyways. Learning about patterns is just too fun to pass up! I have taken pattern classes before, so I was not a total newbie, but I really enjoyed her approach. I absolutely loved it!

Warning: This class is EXTREMELY fun!

Jessica broke it all down into manageable bite size chunks. I cannot recommend this class enough if you are interesting in learning how to make patterns. At first I was worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with a class in such a short time frame, but I really liked working this way!

I was so inspired, learned more about Illustrator and started a new collection of patterns called Charmed Lace. I created a mood board and made new drawings for the collection. I also used some of my ink drawings from Inktober. You might recognize my women's shoes drawings here. I even made a repeat out of one of my abstract watercolors!

Charmed Lace
Pink Medallions
Watercolor Abstractions