6 months ago I started an e-course called the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, run by two women in the UK, Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls. I had no idea what to expect as it was the first online course I’d ever taken. To be honest, my expectations were fairly low. By the end of the first week, I was blown away. The course plunged me into creative territory I had not traversed since I was around 7 years old. I was seeing inspiration everywhere. I was sketching, something I hadn’t done in years. I was running to the art store to buy supplies. I was turning my doodles and sketches into patterns that I really liked. I was having fun! Where I had been yearning for a creative community, I now had one. And not just an ordinary one, but one made up of 200 incredibly supportive, talented designers from all over the world. The course motivated me to start this blog and website. I’ve entered countless design competitions and my portfolio has grown exponentially.
And now I can say I’m a proud graduate! I'm sad that this part of the journey has come to an end but I’m really looking forward to the future and brimming with goals and plans. In six months I gained creative confidence, technical skills, direction, and a sense that it is really possible to do what I love. Thanks Rachael and Beth.