Saturday, November 24, 2012


Last night, I was a bit stumped while working at my geometric patterns, designed for bathing suit wear, so I finished up my collection at 2 patterns and called it a night.
But all night my brain was swarming with new ideas, so I was excited to get back to it this morning.
My collection has now grown to 6 patterns, and I quite like it.
The only down side is now I want these to be my real bathing suits!

Friday, November 23, 2012

falling behind

I am frantically trying to keep my head above water, and keep up with life, work, and Module 2 of ABPSD.

The class is so jammed full of information, exercises, and inspiration that you really shouldn't have to have a full time job at the same time.

The past two weeks have been all about trends, which I've been finding challenging. I am not a very trendy person, so trying to focus on and design for current trends dosn't come easily. Which means I've fallen extra behind as I struggle through lessons that seem to me like a foreign language.
But now its the weekend, and amidst life I will try to catch up.

Todays brief was to create a collection using geometric shapes, fall/winter trending colors to create a swimwear line.

I didn't have the time to create a full collection, but I wanted to stretch my legs and have a go at it, so I started a collection, with 2 bikini designs. I found it hard to use only geometric shapes and have any originality to my designs. But hopefully theres some inspiration here that I can develop on when I have some more time.

Monday, November 19, 2012

bright and merry

Expanding on my snowflake pattern, turning it into a simple little collection. 



Saturday, November 17, 2012

let it snow

Last christmas I had so much fun making this handmade doodle snowflake wrapping paper for my dear mom. I was wishing I had time to make paper like that for everyone!

Gearing up for this christmas, I thought I would try a digital version. I doodled up my snowflakes, scanned them and cleaned them up, and added colors. And more colors. I love how it looks in pretty much every color combo!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rio t shirt designs

I've been getting back into the swing of things and working on an assignment this week to create t-shirt designs focused on Rio and the 2016 Olympics, aimed at teenage girls.

I travelled to Brazil in September and was much inspired by Brazil, so I used a bit of that inspiration to play with my designs. Their not very olympic-y, focusing more on the city of Rio.

My favorite thing in Rio was the favelas, and I tried to incorporate them into my second pattern.

Its been one of those evenings where the hours have slipped away, and I wish I could keep going, but sleep and other commitments are dragging me away.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

tangerine geo foxes

Trying to get back into the swing of things with module two of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design.

An exercise this week was to work with the 2012 Pantone color of the year, Tangerine Tango.

I started out with some doodles of very geometric foxes, and turned them into a simple pattern.

Having a hard time getting into the swing of things right now. I don't know if I've just been looking at these foxes too long tonight, but all I can see is evil dracula foxes.
Struggling to try and find the time, and to capture what is in my head and turn it into something real. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

student showcase

I was quite pleased to see my pattern featured on the student showcase on Rachel Taylor's blog.

Module 2 has started this week, though I havent had any time to play along yet. The course looks absolutely wonderful, and it is doing a great job of trying to tempt me away from my commitments. This week is a busy/sad/fustrating one, though my graphic skills are still somewhat helpful.

So it was easily the best part of my day to see my pattern along with so many other beautiful designs.

And just some choice words to remember what is really important.


Hopefully be back soon with some module two goodness and some fun patterns!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

whats up in November

October went pretty well. My two blurb books are done, and ready to be ordered tomorrow. A sewed my stuffie. I wore nail polish (for like 20 minutes). I created 3 patterns/graphics. I organized some of my files and even got a new computer.

Goals for November:
  1. Thrive in Module 2
  2. Workout 4x a week
  3. start using a calendar
  4. make chili
  5. keep organizing and streamlining

Nothing to ambitious, mostly spending a lot of time right here, soaking up module 2 and all its goodness.