Summer School (The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design)

Today I wanted to share with you the designs that I created for The Make it in Design Summer School. The summer school was a free program that the Make it in Design team created to give you creative briefs and then we posted them on the website here. I really enjoyed working on the briefs that they provided for us. If you are interested in taking a course from them, I highly recommend the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. Rachael and her team are supportive, very talented, and amazing. I have taken Modules 1-3 and I plan on taking Module 4, Building  your professional portfolio, this fall. And I am very excited about it!Pass-a-grille-beach

Each brief was very different. The first brief given to us for the Advanced track was to create a pattern design inspired by the Ocean. I drew on my time living in St Petersburg, Florida. We lived there for 4 years and loved our time there (and miss it very much). Our favorite shells to pick up on the beach were the twisty shells and I have a big collection of them. I don't know the technical name for them. Maybe you do? And so, I started with drawing them by hand. And then I wanted to create the water as if you were standing in the water looking down into the sand. I had lots of pictures to look through to draw on for my inspiration. I created lots of layers for this piece. Lastly I added the coral. It is also hand drawn. I could see this design as a fabric or a pillow.


The second design brief was to create something inspired by Tribal Collage. And the color palette was given to us too. I wrote about my process here. I really enjoyed this one also. I drew inspiration from Mud Cloths that I had received as a gift from Abrajim, a man from Africa that I bought beads from for my Bead Shop (that I owned for 9 years in Pagosa Springs, Colorado).


And the last brief was Intricate Chaos. The color palette was given to us and I wanted to try it even though it wasn't colors I normally use. Each element is hand drawn and then digitally colored. I drew florals and pieces inspired by Chihuly's beautiful art glass. I would like to create another piece like this inspired by only Chihuly! I love these colors because they are very autumn-like.

Each of these three pieces will eventually become the main design for a small collection. I will start working on them soon. All three are available for licensing.

Have a Beautiful day.