I had the absolute pleasure of doing Rachael Taylors Surface Pattern Design course recently and was gobsmacked with the amount of quality information in the course. Absolutely worth every dollar. If you've visted my blog before you may have noticed my experimenting with patterns lately.
I'm very much looking forward to playing with patterns alot more in the near future & mixing my mixed media paintings with my scribbles. I could create on all sorts of crazy colourful shenanigans on fabric! Imagine that!
Ok, so at the end of module one we were invited to submit a new pattern that we had been working on, for consideration by Rachael, to feature on HER BLOG. And I was very lucky indeed to be included in the Graduate Showcase. My pattern is above & its called 'Red Riding Storybook'. You can see it amongst some of the other graduates right here.
When I get a chance I'll be putting the design into my new Spoonflower shop so that I can make a cute skirt for the girls and maybe a cushion or something. I think once I have recieved & checked the fabric myself, I can list it for sale in the Spoonflower shop. Easy Peasy!!
You know I've never been one for taking other peoples courses. I've always wanted to go my own way & figure things out on my own. And ok, so I am mostly still like that. A stubborn Taurus is me. However, by deciding to sign up for a few things this year its not only getting me into more regular art practice, I'm adding new little tricks to my arty armour. I loved the technical aspect of this surface patttern design course. Messing around in Photoshop & Illustrator. I do graphics for a job but this was alot different. It was messing around with arty things I made, not corporate logo's & stationery. It was awesome and addictive!
The unexpected positive outcome from joining online classes was that it has helped to connect me to so many wonderful people. I'm finding so many arty souls feel so similarly passionate about creating and emotional or sensitive when it comes to sharing. We put our hearts into whatever it is that we are making but there's still so much insecurity in sharing it. Will people like it? Ok, maybe they might like it, but could I make this my job, could it be sold on a larger scale so that I can put food on the table?
Its also very isolating being a creative work at home mum. Often, or for me - all the time, its a solo occupation. So it is lovely to connect with like minded souls in some of the groups I'm now in. But its a trade off. If I connect, I'm not creating or being with my kids. So it needs balance. I think most people are probably trying to juggle that sort of thing all the time, right?
Main thing is, I'm having fun, I'm learning new things.
And magical things are happening!