This week, as I have adjusted to my younger daughter's departure to her own home (she is doing really well, in case you are wondering), and getting back into full granny mode, my thoughts have turned to a story for this Sunday. It is about myself.
I have a confession. At the age of 66, I have decided to become a surface pattern designer. I joined an e-course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design run by two wonderfully talented ladies, Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls. I cannot begin to tell you what a fantastic experience it has been. I have always loved patterns; from those I first stitched as a small girl, the shape of letters, book covers, those drawn by nature, all the incredible bolts of fabric lined up on the shelves, especially those used for quilting, all stationery. You get the picture. But the course is about so much more. The nuts and bolts of the surface pattern industry are fully explained, lots of insight into designers and their studios, links to more than I could possibly have imagined when the course began. Rachael and Beth are so sharing. Each week, there have been bonus technical workshops that have blown my mind. I have previously only worked with Photoshop and had no experience of Illustrator. These flowers represent my first attempts at using the pen tool. I have lots of drawings too that I am learning to trace and use as surface designs and will be sharing those at a later date.
What do you think?