sketching characters

Last week I started the last module of pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor. This module is called The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. The first week has been all about drawing. We’ve gotten lots of great prompts that are completely out of my comfort zone like: people, animals, robots, lions and aliens. It’s been fun to draw. Below is a peek at my sketches throughout the week.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

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spring/summer 2016 colors

I just completed the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.

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As part of the this module we got access to WGSN, trend forecasting services. The website is packed with tons of information such as image libraries, design libraries, clip art, forecasting, color tools, image library, design tools, market intelligence, and MORE! I highly recommend check it out.

Here is a sneak peak at the spring/summer 2016 colors.

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I like them muted and soft. I’ll have to put together a pattern with these colors.

What have you been up to this week?

k

monetizing your designs

We’re in the second week of the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.

The 2016/2017 Autumn/Winter trend report at PatternBank is out and available. 2017 is looking like there will be lots of lovely colors and I love the patchwork patterns. You can buy a copy of the report on their website.

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Been working on a pattern for Pattern Mash and was featured on their website along with other designers. Here is the pattern, which I would love to make into a tea towel.

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Does anyone have any recommendations on manufacturers for tea towels in the US?

What have you been up to this week?

Kyrrha

patterns from students of the Art and Business of Surface Design

A while back I shared that I was taking Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a pattern design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton.  This week I’m going to share some of the work that my fellow students are producing.

The first student is Cathy Westrell Nordstrom from Studio Lila Form. She is a surface pattern and graphic designer. She is inspired by nature, abstract shapes and all things flora and fauna. She hand draws her patterns before scanning the drawings and adding color and texture in Illustrator. Her patterns are lovely and her use of color is fantastic. Check out her work on her website.

Patterns by Cathy Westrell Nordstrom

Patterns by Cathy Westrell Nordstrom

Kevin Brackley, from Sydney Australia also has some beautiful patterns. Kevin is the most knowledgeable person. During the class he was super helpful in the online community. His patterns are intricate. I Love the use of different sized motifs and his use of color.

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Here is a beautiful pattern from the lovely Emma McGowan.

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Hope you enjoyed these lovely patterns. Have a great week.

k

week four – branding and style

Currently in week four of Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a pattern design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. I’m starting to feel sad that this class will be over next week.

This week we’ve been learning about branding and typography. It’s been fun to think about logos, my style of patterns and incorporating type. Below are some attempts to group my patterns to see if I can begin to describe my style.  I’m thinking that my patterns can best be described as abstract, colorful, hand drawn, and fun. What do you think? What do you feel when you view my patterns? Let me know below in my comments.

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Have a wonderful week.

k

trending and tints

Currently in week three of Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a pattern design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton.

We’ve been learning about trends and why it’s important to keep your eye on the pulse of trend information. Learning about some fabulous resources like WGSN. Would love to some day visit a tradeshows like Surtex, Top Drawer, or Pulse.

I also learned about tints and had fun with some circles in Ai.

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What are you up to this week?

k

surface pattern design

I just started taking Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a Pattern Design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. The class has been super fun and it is packed with information.

The first week was all about collections. I learned the difference between a collection and coordinates. A collection is several main patterns that are held together in some cohesive way. For example you could have a collection that has the same set of colors.  Below is a lovely collection by monaluna. I’m looking forward to creating collections.

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Coordinates usually have one main pattern and several elements or motifs of that pattern blown out. I’ve been creating coordinates. Here is an example of one of my coordinates. The main pattern is on the far left. The others are coordinates along with stripes.

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I also learned how to use the masking tool in PhotoShop and am now able to put my designs on product mock ups. It’s pretty fun and addictive.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

happy valley happenings

Life has been busy here in Happy Valley with the holidays, family, grandson turning two, creating and learning. I just started taking Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a Pattern Design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. I’ll post about it next week.

Below are some repeats that I’ve created from scanning my hex signs. Not sure what I’ll end up doing with the patterns. I just liked the process. I took my painting, scanned it and turned it into a pattern. So simple yet so fun.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

surface pattern design, week five

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This is the last week of Module 1 and it’s been all about patterns! We’ve learned about designing coordinating pieces, patterns for products and designing your own stationery.

Below is a pattern I created from our iron table on the porch. It makes this oval pattern. Which color do you like?

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Happy Thanksgiving and have a great week!

k

surface pattern design, week four

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This week and next week are all about pattern – how to create pattern, how to layer and create texture, and how to do box repeats. For the box repeats, we first started out doing them by hand. I took some of my paint chips and carefully placed them on the edges, mirroring each side as a seamless repeat pattern would occur. Then I simply scattered the rest in the center. Viola, a box repeat. Seemed easy by hand with an object that was symmetrical. We’ll see when we get to more complicated shapes and on the computer.

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This week I also received my first pattern printed on cotton from Spoonflower. You can purchase it by the yard, as wall paper or as gift wrap here.  I was ecstatic. Here it is a photo of a fat quarter.

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In addition to all that fun, I was totally EXCITED to find out that my pattern was trending at Spoonflower on their Recent Trends list.  Super fun week!

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What have you been up to this week?

k