As you might gather from looking at my work, I love patterns. I’m kind of obsessed with them, actually. My work is heavily influenced by pattern: textile design, patterns in nature, patterns on just about anything. Even in how I decorate my home and how I dress, I can’t resist a good pattern when I see one (I’m the person that will pay twice as much for a box of tissues just because it has a cute pattern on it). So it seems like a natural fit that I would create my own patterns, not as part of a larger artwork, but just on their own. For the past several years, I have been trying to learn how to create technical repeating patterns. There’s quite a lot of helpful tutorials out there on the interwebs (here's a fun totally analog one). But finding the time and discipline to learn on your own can be a challenge. I would start to understand the concepts, then I would get swept away by another project or deadline and my pattern-making would fall to the back burner. So I decided to invest in a course (sometimes when you spend money on something it forces you to take it more seriously, right?). I settled on Jessica Swift’s Pattern Camp, a two-day intensive online workshop all about pattern making. I had heard great things about the course and about Jessica’s teaching style, all which proved to be true. I learned a ton in class, but once again, another project came up that required all my extra time and energy (and hopefully I can share this project with you soon!), and I never could find the time to sit down and apply what I learned. Recently, while working through the assignments of another online class (more about this later), I pulled out my Pattern Camp notes and forced myself to work through a pattern until it was done. For me, being entirely self-taught in Photoshop and still a bit intimidated by Illustrator, this was a big accomplishment. And now, I have my first two technical repeats (woo hoo!). I can see where these need some editing and tweaking (especially the pomegranate one), but as for the technical side, it works (meaning it repeats seamlessly). This little breakthrough has opened up so many possibilities for me, and I hope to create tons more patterns for licensing. Click through the slideshow above to see the patterns and how I created them.
Thoughts / Inspiration
Patterns, Patterns, Patterns!