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Ashley Paggi

Ashley Paggi

Thriving Career in Surface Pattern Design
Before I started my Surface Pattern Design journey, I was a stay-at-home mom and a graphic designer with 15 years of corporate design experience under my belt. I needed to go back into the workforce after a 5-year hiatus and really didn't want to do the same thing I had ...
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Zhay Smith

Zhay Smith

"I have to marvel at my personal growth."
Inside the Immersion course, you’re learning so much more than a program or even how to make a print. You’re learning how to begin building or expanding your creative business and this is just the tip of the iceberg. One of the best parts of Immersion is the community, there ...
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Nadine Chen

Nadine Chen

Now Believes that Anything is Possible
Bonnie set such a high bar with Immersion that all the other paid (and free) courses that I’ve taken since have left me disappointed. Bonnie teaches from a place of integrity and empowerment. She pours her heart and soul into the course; it’s apparent from the quality of her course ...
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Genna Blackburn

Genna Blackburn

Signed 3 Licensing Contracts in Less Than 1 Year
The inspiration and motivation I experienced during the course propelled me forward and set the tone for my most productive and successful year up until that point. After Immersion 2020, I put a website and portfolio together, started pitching to clients, and signed three licensing contracts within the year! In ...
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Mable Tan

Mable Tan

Widely Licensed Australian Designer
Immersion changed my life! I've always been creative but the course opened up my eyes and mind to a whole new world. I'm now doing exactly what I feel is my life calling. Surface pattern design is my passion and doing this every day is such a blessing. Bonnie’s course ...
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Kayla Ann

Kayla Ann

Licensed Fabric Designer
After graduating with a Fine Art degree, I was looking for a creative career that would support me financially and also fulfill me. I realized that I absolutely love patterns and that I could design them, but I was overwhelmed with the idea of learning new software that I wasn’t ...
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Sarah Garcia

Sarah Garcia

Children's Fabric Designer + Online Shop Owner
Goodness, I can’t thank Bonnie enough! Enrolling in Immersion has been one of the best decisions I’ve made! Bonnie’s teaching is superb, the support and encouragement from the team is incredible, and the community is so amazing! I remember thinking to myself at the beginning of the course, “there’s no ...
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Kelsey Weigl

Kelsey Weigl

Building a Thriving Career
I have made an incredible amount of work this year. Making over 5 complete collections. A brand photoshoot. Built an entirely new website. Custom collaborations with 3 local clients. Designing 25 silk scarves and opening an online POD store. Participating in 2 online markets and moving a lot of products—from ...
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Jillian Harvey

Jillian Harvey

Finding Joy and Confidence in Surface Pattern Design
It's never too late! Don't give up. It does not matter about your age or whether you do not have a specific goal in mind, because this opens up so many avenues... so much potential.  I was stuck in a corporate role that I didn't enjoy. I was looking for ...
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Ali Baecker

Ali Baecker

Block Printing Expert from Switzerland
The course helped me, master Illustrator, going from limited knowledge (of basic functionality before Immersion) to very in-depth Illustrator knowledge. Even more importantly, I now am able to get my designs and patterns onto my own products at a larger scale. About half a year before I stumbled upon Immersion ...
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Rebekah Lowell

Rebekah Lowell

Author, Illustrator, & Storyteller
Before I began learning the world of surface pattern design through Immersion, I had just earned my MFA from Hollins University (as a single mom) and was working on my career in children’s literature—writing and illustrating middle-grade novels and picture books. In 2013, I left a decade of domestic abuse, ...
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Rebecca Woolbright

Rebecca Woolbright

Successful Wholesaler and Designer
Before I learned what surface pattern design was, I owned a beach rental business in Maui. I found Bonnie and thought I would learn Illustrator to design flyers for our shop. I quickly became addicted to making patterns and wanted to put them on everything! After taking Immersion the entire ...
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Mary L Walter

Mary L Walter

Developing Confidence in New Technology
As a quilter and textile artist, I have always wanted to design my own fabrics. When I saw Bonnie's program on Surface Pattern Design I knew it could help me get the latest tools and technology to learn and establish my design ideas to pursue another avenue of my creative ...
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Laura B McGarity

Laura B McGarity

Skyrocketed Her Income & Found Financial Security
I was initially attracted to Bonnie's vibrant personality on social media and signed up for Immersion to learn Illustrator after several failed attempts. I use illustrator with my clients in my role as an Interior Designer. I love the format of the modules and the specific, actionable steps. While I learned ...
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Kristie Wong

Kristie Wong

Hawaiian Designer Creates Her Dream Job
Aloha! Before I found Bonnie Christine, I was a gal trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. I had gone to University, received a degree in Business marketing, and was working for a real estate firm. I would come home after work and finally do the ...
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Krista Elvey

Krista Elvey

Fulfilling Her Calling Through Art
Before I joined Immersion, I had been working for myself for 4 years as a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator. I realized that I had been working in a Shadow Career (so aptly put in The Artists Way) and what I really wanted to do was become a full-time artist and ...
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Kendra Medeiros

Kendra Medeiros

Mom Finds New Energy and Love for Art
Before I started exploring surface pattern design, I was looking for ways that I could get back into enjoying my art. I have two young children and I wanted to invest in myself. I wanted to take the Immersion Course because I knew I needed something structured but also something ...
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Katrina Henry

Katrina Henry

Investing in Learning New Skills
Bonnie shares exclusive information from the industry and a much more thorough walk through illustrator. It’s equivalent to a college course without the competitive, high pressure environment that universities can create. You will be surrounded by highly encouraging, creative, and caring people that will help if you get stuck, celebrate ...
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Audrianna Holsey

Audrianna Holsey

Gift Shop Owner with a Newly Identified Niche
Hi! My name is Audrey and I'm the owner of a thriving gift shop that offers a great selection of personalization to clothing, gifts, and accessories! Being a craft artist I like to have my hands in a little bit of everything and I knew that the Immersion Course would help ...
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Katie Manktelow

Katie Manktelow

Dreams Becoming Reality
The Immersion Course and Flourish have given me the confidence and a roadmap for how I move forward. I have built three collections, have my own website and have started pitching to companies. I have now been approached by a UK fabric company about working with them and feel like ...
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Katia Galante

Katia Galante

From Pharma Lab to Working on the Beach
The beauty of learning surface pattern design is that you can apply these skills to so many other routes! This course was so well structured that even though I didn’t know Illustrator, I had no problem at all learning it. Before Immersion, I studied microbiology at university and was working ...
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Larimie "Xhico" Garcia

Larimie “Xhico” Garcia

Experienced Designer with an Expanded Skillset
Before the Immersion Course, I was self-employed as a Creative Director and Designer. I wanted to take the Immersion Course because I love doing deep dives into learning new skills to expand my creative practice. I had created patterns before but wanted to make sure to learn as much as ...
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Sandra McPeake

Sandra McPeake

New Gramma Mastering New Digital Skills
When I graduated high school in ’74, the only college offering textile design was in North Carolina and not feasible for me to attend. I grew up in a family of typographers/printers and our family business lasted for 53 years. It ended when my parents became ill and my full-time ...
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Ryann Scrafford

Ryann Scrafford

From Imposter Syndrome to Confidently Licensing
The community and the energy will always top the list for me! I'm a big believer in putting yourself in a room with the people you aspire to be in a community with. Find a room of people chasing dreams, leveling up, and bravely putting themselves out there, and watch ...
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Bindiya Shetty

Bindiya Shetty

A Success Story from India
The Immersion Course was a stepping stone for me to get started and step into unknown territory with confidence. It connected me to the most talented and wonderful creatives whom I am still in touch with and who are always ready to help each other. I never knew surface design ...
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Jen Lushbough

Jen Lushbough

Finding Success and Community
What I loved most about Immersion: Not only did I learn the technical skills I needed for surface pattern design, I also joined the most amazing community of creatives. The support and encouragement from this community is unreal. Meeting other people who are excited about surface design has been the fuel ...
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Inés Gubba

Inés Gubba

Defining Her Own Vision for Success
I first learned about Bonnie and Immersion last February 2021 when I took one of her Skillshare courses in search of inspiration. I was feeling really low, stuck, and not sure of what to do to make a change. I work in digital marketing and I do like my job ...
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Mindy Young

Mindy Young

Watercolor Artist + Top Spoonflower Seller
I’m a watercolor artist who was a self-taught pattern designer selling my designs on Spoonflower before I found Bonnie and her programs. I created all my designs in Photoshop and didn’t know a lick about Illustrator or the design business. I wanted to learn more about surface pattern design as ...
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Helen Stubbings

Helen Stubbings

One Thing a Day: Progress Toward Big Goals
Immersion helped me do my 'one thing a day' related to what I'd like to be doing in the future instead of what I'm actually doing now. I've been working as a creative in the quilt and textiles industry for over 20 years now. I began as a lover of ...
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Michelle Lasalvia

Michelle Lasalvia

Empowered to Create Her Own Products
Michelle found Immersion at a time when she urgently needed a change in her life. She was looking for strength and inspiration. Out of her frustration, came determination. “I felt very inspired to make my own products. Everything I learned motivated me! I was so eager to create that I ...
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Tiffany Rice

Tiffany Rice

Swimwear Line Designer at NYFW
I love how the Immersion Course respected women and encouraged us to be business owners. Before Immersion, I worked mostly in the mental health field. I was starting to take my fashion design skills more seriously and recently finished my 2-year degree in fashion. I was gaining attention as a ...
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Frances Poff

Frances Poff

Finding Confidence: Success Story from New Zealand
At the age of 56, I found myself starting to worry about what would happen once I retired as I had no real 'plan' up to that point. I wanted to be able to do something that would bring in a little extra money to supplement our superannuation fund and ...
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Fernanda Watts

Fernanda Watts

A Success Journey from Brazil
Bonnie teaches like no other: it's a delight to learn from her and the community. I love the fact that there are people from every background, skill level and from all over the world. I was always artistic and even went to art school, but since I got married art ...
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Sophia van Hees

Sophia van Hees

Canadian Surface Pattern Designer
When I first signed up for Immersion I could never have predicted how my path would unfold, but it was the catalyst I needed to change my life. Before I discovered Surface Pattern Design I was (unhappily) working in academia, yearning for a more creative life. After dabbling in some ...
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Erin Silliman

Erin Silliman

Mom / Artist Starts a Fulfilling New Season in Life
I began Bonnie’s Immersion course and absolutely loved it. I loved being able to illustrate and the magic of turning artwork into repeating patterns. Bonnie’s course is so well organized and she is a delight to listen to and learn from. I was truly inspired! Erin's Story: Artistic creation has ...
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Tammy de Zilva

Tammy de Zilva

From IT Job to Licensed Artist
Bonnie and the team are so encouraging, supportive, gentle, and kind; Bonnie breaks everything down into small digestible bites which makes it so much easier to learn and absorb. There’s also something special about the amazing community of creatives also on this journey, helping and cheering each other on - ...
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Emily Judkins

Emily Judkins

"Immersion opened up opportunities I didn't even know were out there."
Through Immersion, I learned all the ins and outs of Adobe Illustrator and how to create cohesive looks and collections. After my portfolio was complete I began to send it out into the world and to companies I wanted to work with—and I now work as an in-house designer creating ...
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Christine Martell

Christine Martell

Discovering Location Freedom
I studied surface pattern design in art school before computers. At the time, the industry was centered on New York and San Francisco and I didn't want to live in a big city so I never pursued it as a career. I still had a dream of designing but never ...
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Dora Cuenca

Dora Cuenca

Muralist and Pattern Designer
I finally decided I couldn’t do it all. I didn’t want to teach myself Illustrator and spend hours upon hours figuring out the world of licensing, I wanted to learn from someone and Bonnie’s teaching style and her dedication to educating others in the world of surface design and being ...
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Bärbel Dressler

Bärbel Dressler

Expert in Historical Pattern Design
Before I took Immersion I already had a design business and had licensed a range of designs with companies around the world, but since I'm a self-taught designer I have had to piecemeal my education on my own, which always made me feel a bit insecure about not having a ...
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Erin Kendal

Erin Kendal

Australian Pattern Designer
When I started Immersion in 2020 I was already a top-seller on the Spoonflower marketplace, and I’d been using Adobe Illustrator for 20 years. However, I was mostly self-taught so I really lacked confidence as a designer and I definitely suffered from imposter syndrome! Let me say… I got SO ...
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Debby Lightman Casher

Debby Lightman Casher

"It is surreal to see my dreams coming true."
Before I started my journey with Surface Pattern Design, I was working as a teacher and creating products to sell at art shows, on the side. I love to sew and have always wished to see my designs on fabric, but it seemed so far out of reach & I ...
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Christy Kill

Christy Kill

From Zero Experience to Professional Patterns
I've been an abstract painter for the past 6 years and after listening to Bonnie on a podcast really wanted to try her Immersion Course. I loved the idea of merging my paintings with the digital world. Having zero experience in Illustrator, I decided to jump right in, but Bonnie ...
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Christine Eberhardt

Christine Eberhardt

A Success Journey from Spain
Bonnie really takes your hand and guides you through the process. She is there at your side. I discovered Bonnie on Skillshare three years ago. I found out about the Immersion Course and decided very quickly that I wanted to dive deeply into surface pattern design! I learned so many ...
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Meranda Kysar

Meranda Kysar

Mama Working from Anywhere
Before I jumped into the Surface design world, I had been designing, sewing, and selling baby clothing on my Etsy store. I was always swamped with orders! The money was great but I had 3 children (with another on the way) and a husband who I was losing out on ...
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Kathrin Woo

Kathrin Woo

Earning Income from Her Art
Realizing that I can actually make money from my art feels amazing. My passion for Surface Pattern Design has grown ever since I took the Immersion Course and I am excited about everything that's ahead of me. Taking the Immersion Course was one of the most transformational and best decisions ...
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Elisa Bianchi

Elisa Bianchi

Challenged to Grow
Immersion gives you a path to follow. It goes deep into learning the skills you need... but most importantly, it inspires you to take the next step so you really can grow. I discovered Bonnie in 2017 and I wanted to really go deep into learning this magic world, but ...
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Cindi A Jobe

Cindi A Jobe

"I can accomplish almost anything."
I appreciated learning all the little tech shortcuts in Illustrator. As an artist and designer, I was outside the realm of surface pattern design but wanted to know more. Now I feel I can accomplish almost anything in the field.  ...
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Anthea Tan

Anthea Tan

A Beginner Who Found the Courage for Creativity
Before I started Immersion, I had never opened Adobe Illustrator and never heard of surface pattern design. I imagined that it would be too difficult to learn and I relied on drawing on paper instead. I came across Bonnie’s course and it seemed like the exact thing I’d been wanting ...
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Carrie Tomaschko

Carrie Tomaschko

Homeschooling Mom Finds Joy in Illustrator
For someone that has never opened up the Illustrator program before, Bonnie was so clear on her teaching and encouraging every step of the way.  Before I began my journey with Surface Pattern Design I created my own business called Sweet Melody Designs. The problem was, I wasn't enjoying the ...
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Elena Wilken

Elena Wilken

A Dream Come True for Our Family
This past year has been my first to break through the six figure mark. Thanks to Bonnie, it feels like it’s just the beginning! Working as a graphic designer, I've learned early on that the way to keep an edge and stay valuable and relevant to your clients and industry ...
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Veronica Bryksa

Veronica Bryksa

Mom Who Found Fulfillment in a New Career
The thing I love most about Immersion is the quality of the content and the thoughtfulness and value of the resource were above my expectations! I have learned so much and love growing with the community. Five years ago, I was on maternity leave from a career I worked hard ...
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Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan

Creator of Five Full Collections
Because of Covid, I lost my day job as a general civil and litigation lawyer. I had been aching to pursue surface design for years, but the time was never right. Well, thanks to fate, or the universe, my world opened up to make pursuing surface design as a new entrepreneur ...
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Laura Hernández

Laura Hernández

Licensed Designer
Investing in this course has opened a lot of beautiful things in my Surface Pattern Design career. After taking the course I felt confident and secure to start pitching brands to send my designs for consideration. In the course, I learned how to develop my collections and start building my ...
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Jennie Whitaker

Jennie Whitaker

Gaining Confidence and Proficiency
To anyone who is considering the Immersion Course, but uncertain because of the investment or any other reason, I would say this: if you want something that you have never had, you have to do something that you have never done. For a long time, I struggled to find my ...
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Laura Adams

Laura Adams

Pattern Designer and Storefront Owner
Since Immersion, I've rethought my entire career and what I want to do going forward. I would encourage anyone to join Immersion, no matter their level. It was so helpful to get another creative person's viewpoint and approach, as well as the creative peers. I've been a Textile Designer for ...
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Catarina Quintal

Catarina Quintal

A Success Story from the UK
Where to start! The content, the delivery, the relevancy, the zoom calls... Bonnie, you were just awesome! Immersion is very well organized and conceived. By following the course, I was able to learn and build patterns with minimal questions or frustration. It has given me a strong desire to put ...
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Betsy Mitten

Betsy Mitten

A Thriving Creative Business
The change in my life after Immersion feels like a seismic shift - taking action toward a lifelong dream, and seeing it begin to happen is transformational, no matter your age. It's hard to choose one thing I loved most, but the combination of Bonnie's excellent teaching, the community - ...
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Emily Drew Mash

Emily Drew Mash

Living Her Dream as an in-House Designer
Immersion changed my life and gave me the resources I needed to fulfill my dream of working as an artist. Before beginning my journey with Surface Pattern Design I was a stay-at-home mom who created art during nap time. For years, more than a decade, I had a dream of ...
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Lissie Teehee

Lissie Teehee

Realizing Endless Potential
I have such a story to tell, and I don't know how better to sum it all up except to say that two years ago, I was navigating my way being a single mom of three, determined to find a way to support my family—and now, I can say with ...
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Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller

Doing the Type of Work She Always Dreamed Of
Two years ago, I never could have imagined living my life as a creative working artist and thanks to Bonnie, Immersion, and Flourish, I'm on my way! I left my job as a Marketing Director in the corporate world in Feb 2020. I was unhappy and burnt out. I knew ...
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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Fabric Designer
I absolutely loved Immersion! Going through the lessons, live calls and projects gave me such insight into the business of surface pattern design and really gave me the courage to let my dream of being an artist blossom into a reality! Both Flourish and Immersion have been so life giving ...
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Aileen Proum

Aileen Proum

Surprised Herself with Ability to Learn and Grow
The best part of Immersion is, without question, the community. I have made so many friends from around the world and they are all beautiful creatures. They embody the true meaning of community. I find the course invaluable, but the community is just incredible. Bonnie fosters a supportive learning environment ...
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Cara Cummings

Cara Cummings

Product Designer
As someone who has spent a lot of time in school, and taken a lot of classes, I can say that Immersion not only offered an incredible amount of really good content, but it was also taught so well! I went into Immersion thinking I knew Illustrator pretty well, but ...
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Rachel Dyk

Rachel Dyk

Made Her Money Back in Less Than a Year
I so appreciated Bonnie’s heartfelt and thorough teaching style! With all that I’ve learned about Illustrator, I’m able to make patterns more quickly and effectively. What really surprised me was how much fun it was connecting with so many people who share this particular passion! Everyone was so encouraging and ...
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Susie Leong

Susie Leong

"A World of Possibilities"
Over 10 years ago, I remember learning that surface pattern design was a field; and that one could even make a living creating patterns! I longed to stick my foot into the water but wasn't sure where to begin. I had already finished two graduate degrees and I wasn't keen ...
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Mary Sciancalepore

Mary Sciancalepore

Encouragement for Students Over 50
This is a story of second acts.  I dedicate it to all the “students” out there over 50 discovering what their next act could look like. I have worked as a graphic designer part-time from home for the past 25 years. It has helped pay the bills but more importantly, ...
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Stephanie Roche

Stephanie Roche

Gained Life-Changing Confidence
Since Immersion 2020, I continue to practice making patterns, focusing on my skills, learning new skills, and finding a style that is all my own. With the skills I learned in Immersion, I was able to participate in a public art program in my hometown. Without Immersion, I would never ...
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Monica Brown

Monica Brown

"Progress was Immediate."
Immersion was the practical next step in my creative career after 7 years of motherhood. In 2011, I earned my BFA in sculpture, with hopes becoming an art therapist. From 2012 to 2016 I had my 3 kids, and was grateful to be a mom. But with my hard work ...
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Megan Cabaj

Megan Cabaj

Living the Dream Job She Didn't Know Existed
Surface design is my dream job, and one that I never knew existed until I came across Bonnie Christine. I have always loved creating (I was the kid who spent their allowance on art supplies), but I was taught that art was a hobby, not a practical career. So instead ...
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Carlotta Craig

Carlotta Craig

Confident in Creating
I would say to anyone sitting on the fence... just take this course—it's worth it!!! You will be embraced and supported by a lovely community of like-minded artists. This course is life changing to me. Before I started the SPD journey with Bonnie, I was working as a document management ...
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Isa Down

Isa Down

Watercolor Artist, Author, Teacher
Prior to creating and registering her business, Isa lacked direction. She knew that drawing made her happy, and she had big dreams of being able to turn something that made her happy into a business. As time went on her biggest challenge was believing that she was capable, believing that ...
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“Immersion set me up for success in a way I could have never imagined. I began making art regularly again and even sold more than 200 prints in 2021. I had never sold my art before and I am 45 years old! It was an amazing feeling.”

Laura

“I have location and time freedom... I can work from the beach! Now I look forward to starting a new working week every week without dreading Mondays. How many people can say that?”

Katia

“The biggest surprise was leveraging my newly acquired Illustrator, business and marketing skills to land a role as an Interior Design Manager in a local firm last summer. This position skyrocketed my income and relieved financial pressure from my family.”

Laura

A part of my heart came alive every time I would walk through the process of drawing or painting a motif and putting it into a repeating pattern. There was joy and satisfaction and possibility for my future and it truly was like a little spring of hope was unlocked in my soul. Beauty and goodness started popping up everywhere in life. 

Colleen

“Something more unexpected for me was the depth and awesomeness I felt from the community of artists – students and guides – and I realized how very vital and important it is for an artist to have that network of people to share encouragement and advice with.”

Brittany

“I started my journey three years ago and since then I've discovered my own unique signature style, I opened an instagram account, designed three collections and have a website. I feel so proud of myself, without Bonnie I probably wouldn't have gotten that far. 

Christine

“More than anything in the world, Immersion has given me my self-confidence back. I'm no longer just someone's daughter, wife and mother. I am also an artist, a creative entrepreneur, a mentor, a speaker, and much, much more.

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Target   •   Minted   •   Moda Fabrics   •   Cotton & Steel   •   Hawthorne Supply Co.    •   Land of Nod   •   Kinder   •   Hello Bello   •   Nordstrom   •   Urban Outfitters   •   HGTV Magazine   •   NYFW   •   Spoonflower   •   Society 6   •   Redbubble   •   Golden Coil Notebooks   •   Copper Pearl   •   Little Cocalico   •   Carriage House Printery   •   Uppercase Magazine   •   Simply Sewing Magazine   •   Molly Makes   •   ... and so many more!

You’re learning so much more than a program or even how to make a print. You’re learning how to begin building or expanding your creative business and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Zhay Smith

The best part of Immersion was getting an inside look at Bonnie's collection building process. Bonnie's insight into the world of SPD is valuable to anyone thinking of working in the industry.

Larimie "Xhico" Garcia

The best part of Immersion for me was the detailed training on each subject which you can take at your own pace and had a team waiting on the other side for your questions to help guide you along.

Bridget Williams

Joining Immersion was the best thing I have done for myself in years! From day one I was all in and realized I had a new dream: to become a surface pattern designer! 

Amy Leventhal

The change in my life after Immersion feels like a seismic shift - taking action toward a lifelong dream, and seeing it begin to happen is transformational, no matter your age.

Betsy Mitten

Drawing on the knowledge and all that Bonnie shares, continues to inspire me on to even bigger goals and dreams I have for my creative business. 

Diane Rooney

Elena's story is incredibly inspiring. She has a family of five and they are now all supported by one income: hers! Before this dream came true, she had been working as a graphic designer but felt that she had hit a creative plateau. After feeling like this for years, she signed up for the Immersion Course, and after taking it she became inspired to dive into refreshing her entire brand. She had her first surface pattern design printed larger than life on a trade show booth, in NYC, at a trade show for professional photographers.

This past year has been my first to break through the six figure mark. Thanks to Bonnie, it feels like it’s just the beginning! She keeps alive and re-ignites my love for creating, and her words have inspired and helped me push through imaginary or very real boundaries, failures and fears, time and time again. Bonnie's words about working from a place of abundance rather than fear has come to mind many times.

Bonnie’s course has equipped me and given me the belief that I can, and that there is room for an Elena Wilken collection of fabrics out there on store shelves, and on sewists' tables. I am thankful beyond words, thankful for all the research time it saves, and for a teacher that shares her knowledge and the tools for us to succeed so freely. It has been such a game changer for me.”

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There are a few experiences in my career as an illustrator and surface pattern designer that I can consider life changing. One of those experiences is coming across Bonnie Christine.

As an artist I have come across many workshops and courses but not all have been as valuable as Bonnie's. The knowledge and skills that she shares is far from being generic. Not only does she share her experiences, she teaches the necessary tools you need to to grow and blossom in your career.

This past year I have seen my business sprout and grown into a brand that reflects my style and what I'm passionate about. New opportunities have opened up for my business, and I feel confident enough to pursue them all because of Bonnie and the beautiful community she has built. She has been an important mentor in my career, and a beautiful kindred spirit!

California

Nancy Noreth

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When I think of the Immersion Course, I think of the word transformation. After taking the course, I went from dreaming to doing! With Bonnie’s help, my business G. March Design has become a reality.

My journey began quite a few years before this, at Syracuse University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Surface Pattern Design. On paper I had all of the training necessary to pursue a career in the field, however by the time I was ready and able to enter the world of design, I had put my career on hold to raise my five children. The skills I had obtained in college weren’t the same ones required to successfully begin my surface pattern design career.

Finding Bonnie’s class was truly the catalyst that moved me from dreamer to designer. My proficiency increased at an amazing rate! With all the information out there, committing to one course can be daunting. However, the encouragement, motivation, direction, and most of all community that Immersion provides is truly priceless. We never stop learning, and here is a forum that will continue long after the course ends to provide inspiring insight, advice, and direction to those in the surface pattern design industry.

This past May, I exhibited over 100 designs at Blueprint in New York City, an opportunity I wouldn’t have even dreamed of achieving prior to the class. This year I hope to teach a Skillshare course and find the right company to license my work. Bonnie took me from dreaming to doing, and I cherish the foundation that this course has given my business.

Florida

Gennifer March Schimenti

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After being a stay at home mom for 16 years I was searching for a creative business of my own. I wanted one that would enable me to be home with my family, create a solid income and also express my creativity.

When I discovered Bonnie’s courses, I honestly felt like my mind was going to explode. My heart yearned for a career in Surface Pattern Design and Bonnie created a clear path for me to get there. Bonnie’s encouraging and comprehensive style of teaching made the intimidating technical side of SPD seem easy.

Because of her, my dreams have come true and my first fabric line will be launching this spring! I will forever be grateful for Bonnie and her willingness to share her gifts with the world.

Minnesota

Tessie Snow

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I have gained a huge amount of confidence in my artistic abilities and was recently heard to describe myself as an artist!

It has flattened out the learning curve for me. This course was, by far, the most complete, informative one that I've had!

It has given me the tools and information to embark on a more creative life. It has been a huge help and the online community are a great support.

The ability to step forward into a new approach to my design career and not feel scared but know the truth of the business side. To know I can try this path.

Vicki Golden

Juliet van der Heijden

Louise Moore

Leanne Longwill

It’s opened my eyes to endless possibilities.

It gave me hope and the desire to make a living creating from my heart.

I feel that having taken the Immersion Course is one of the best decisions I have ever made throughout my entire life!

I learn something everyday. Design feels like what I was meant to do, and I truly love my job as an illustrator and designer.

Denise Palmer

Kasey Lewis

Kathrin Woo

Lynn Priestly

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and it also connected me with a beautiful community of like-minded creatives. Being part of this community has been integral in building my confidence so that I can tell the world “I am an Artist!”

The Immersion Course gave me all the knowledge and skills I needed to pursue my dream...

Sophia Van Hees

I’ve made my investment back several times over both in dollars and the confidence to keep going, dreaming, and building. It takes work, but it’s worth it.

If you're on the fence, I'd say take the plunge!

Josie Adams

 I'm hardly the same person. I'm amazed at all that I've done in just one year since learning about surface pattern design. Everyday I sit down in my home office and I have serious work to do. This time, it's on my terms and I love every minute of it.

 I have so many goals and opportunities open to me that didn't exist a year ago...

Kathleen Lambert

Both during and after taking Immersion I felt invigorated with energy and a love for my craft, something that I haven’t felt in a long time.

Kendra

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How did the Immersion Course make you  

The best part of the Immersion Course is that I walked away knowing I had skills, a finished collection, and confidence. 

Penny

Immersion has given me the sense of becoming... becoming an artist, becoming a business owner, but mostly becoming me.

CYndi

So many questions have been answered in Immersion, so many doubts eliminated, so many dreams nurtured.

Colleen Rothbauer

I have never participated in such a loving, compassionate, insightful group of creatives in my life.

Laura B McGarity

Bonnie set such a high bar with Immersion that all the other paid (and free) courses that I’ve taken since have left me disappointed.

Nadine Chen

Bonnie broke everything down into manageable pieces and made every step of the course feel special and exciting.

Genna Blackburn

Immersion opened my eyes, heart and mind. I loved every lesson and every bit of Bonnie's wisdom.

Mable Tan

There is NO surface design class out there as comprehensive as the Immersion course!

Sarah Garcia

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"There are a few experiences in my career as an illustrator and surface pattern designer that I can consider life changing. One of those experiences is coming across Bonnie Christine.

As an artist I have come across many workshops and courses but not all have been as valuable as Bonnie's. The knowledge and skills that she shares is far from being generic. Not only does she share her experiences, she teaches the necessary tools you need to to grow and blossom in your career."

Nancy noreth

Bonnie has been with me every step of the way - from my first days watching her Skillshare courses, to signing up for the Flourish membership, to diving into the Immersion Course. She is so supportive, and without her guidance, I'm not certain I would be where I am today in my business. I am so excited to be making money doing what I love, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me!

Josie Adams

"I have learned more in this course than I did in a whole year in college studying graphic design. Immersion literally changed everything for me."

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“Immersion set me up for success in a way I could have never imagined. While I learned Illustrator, I was blown away by the business and marketing skills Bonnie (and guest speakers) imparted.”

Laura

“I signed up and it has been the best investment in learning a new skill since college! One of my favorite song verses is “look at all this love we’ve found” and that’s exactly how I feel about you and our community!

Alaina

“I started 2021 depressed and lost, and 2022 absolutely motivated, with a plan and ready to manifest my dreams! And I owe all that to Immersion, Bonnie and her team! Thank you!! 

Inés

It’s equivalent to a college course without the competitive, high pressure environment that universities can create.

My 4 year degree in Studio Art doesn't even come close to what I have learned with Bonnie. 

Immersion was so immersive and comprehensive. It felt like a college course, but in my most favorite subject and with no pressure or finals! 

Katrina Henry

REbecca Smith

Stephanie Roche

I’ve learned from Immersion in 6 weeks more than I have learned in 4 years at Uni. This course changes minds and lives.

Gabriela Dachin

"better than a college degree"

The best part of taking Immersion was the fantastic community you find, I have made friends I still keep in touch with! If you’re serious about changing your life, Immersion can change your life, it certainly changed mine in ways I had never imagined!  Now I have location and time freedom too.

Katia

finding community

Not only did I learn the technical skills I needed for surface pattern design, I also joined the most amazing community of creatives. The support and encouragement from this community is unreal. Meeting other people who are excited about surface design has been the fuel I needed to propel myself forward.

Jen Lushbough

I really value the community I have made in Immersion and the Mentorship. These are my people, they understand why you stare at fabric looking for a repeat, they understand the recolor tool obsession and they lift me up when I feel like I’m an imposter. I can’t imagine not having these humans in my life.

Rebecca Woolbright

After a very winding creative path that included degrees in fine art and graphic design, random jobs across many fields from museums to games to boats to apparel, a lot of crafting and way too much self doubt, I finally took the leap into starting a studio business. Having always loved fabric and repeatedly returning in my mind to the idea of being a textile designer, I dove into learning everything I could about surface pattern design. There weren't a lot of clear resources, particularly on licensing, until I discovered Bonnie through Skillshare.

After taking the Immersion Course, I created a collection that I felt finally touched on my core signature style. I used this collection to redesign my website and create a suite of marketable goods that I've sold since then.

Pacific Northwest

Skye McNeill

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I started getting custom design commissions and bookings to teach printmaking workshops, which led to being featured in the Print/Maker book from Uppercase.

I participated in my first trade show and recently spoke on a panel discussion on Textiles in the Marketplace for Portland's Design Week. I often feel pulled in so many directions with my work. I’ve struggled a lot with creative overwhelm in recent years and time and time again I come back to Bonnie's teachings and grounding advice to keep me moving forward. Beyond just technical skill building, she has helped me totally restructure how I think about my business and my time. The level of support and focus I feel after each class or interaction with her has truly been what keeps me out of those self-doubt trenches and working in concrete ways towards my dreams.

For the first time in my life, I have the next year, the next two years planned out. I have big goals, and I am working toward them. I am creating work that has my heart in it, and each pattern tells a story. 

Keri Payne

a new mindset

I am so grateful that the Immersion program not only taught me the technical skills of creating vector-based designs and building repeats but also helped me shift my mindset to one of the abundant possibilities for how I could use my art.

Cassandra ott

One thing that Immersion also has taught me is that in order to get results you must be willing to invest - with time, work, and sometimes money. It's been worth every single hour and penny. 

Bärbel Dressler

When I first signed up for Immersion I could never have predicted how my path would unfold, but it was the catalyst I needed to change my life.

Sophia van Hees

The most positive impact of completing Immersion 2021 was how it re-shaped my professional and creative mindset.

Jennifer Langille

The Immersion Course took something that seemed so daunting and out of reach and gave me not just the basic skills needed to create patterns, but the information I needed to build a brand and a career in surface pattern design.

Bonnie gives you a first hand look at her entire process from brainstorming a collection to actually seeing the pattern collection come to fruition. I am designing fabric for Riley Blake Designs.

My very first collection, Strawberry Jam, will be in stores April 2020. I designed Strawberry Jam during the Immersion course and soon I will be able to hold the fabric in my hands. The things you learn in the course and the community you find with other like minded creatives is invaluable.

Texas

Lauren Brewer

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You will leave feeling like you can confidently move through illustrator, create collections, and speak the language of surface pattern design.

Ryan Scrafford

learning technical skills

Bonnie's step by step approach broke it all down in an intuitive way that gave me the technical skills to create the ideas in my head.

Kelly Miller

If you want to learn surface pattern and AI, this is the only course you need! You’ll learn everything you need from a very good teacher.

Anthea Tan

Prior to taking the course, learning Illustrator was the biggest roadblock I faced. It just wouldn’t ‘click’ for me and I wondered if I’d ever master it. By the end of the course I was so comfortable with the program and able to use shortcuts like a pro.

Clea Broad

Bonnie's teaching style is designed to be supportive and understandable. Her energy is positive, uplifting, inspiring, and calming. The "bite-sized" chunks were exactly what I needed in order to learn Illustrator and feel confident in my new skills.

Debby Lightman Casher

Bonnie’s clear, logical approach to using all the features in Illustrator allows you to master a skill, then move on to the next concept. The tools are a game-changer in terms of creating more complex designs and are easy to understand with Bonnie’s instruction.

 Sarah Maxwell

"It is refreshing to find Bonnie who is genuinely excited to share her knowledge with others. She feels that our success is a wonderful thing and it doesn't threaten her. I want to be a Bonnie in this world. I want to feel abundance, not scarcity. There is enough for everyone to succeed, and I want to help others find success.  Being in a community with that kind of thinking is priceless."

I feel encouraged to set bigger goals for myself, dream bigger, and truly believe that I can achieve them.”

Elizabeth Chappell

Gone was the previous confusion and overwhelm from when I was trying to teach myself how to use Illustrator and create repeat patterns. I could confidently move into the upcoming modules knowing we had covered the essential skills in the previous section(s). It was super helpful to visually track the progress I was making on the course platform as well!

I loved how the Immersion Course was laid out step-by-step! I really liked having structured modules and lessons that we could move through. The content was organized so well and was presented in such a logical order. 

Anna Nissen

"The Immersion Course is incredibly comprehensive, providing you with all of the tools necessary to have a successful career in Surface Pattern Design. I had already taken all of Bonnie’s other classes when I signed up for her Immersion Course and wasn’t sure if there was that much more she could teach me. Boy, was I wrong."

I learned more skills, techniques and workflows. I also learned that there was a community of folks out there that we could all learn from, support and encourage each other."

Heather Schwarm

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Immersion taught me so many ways that I could show up as a fashion and design creative. It really spoke to my entrepreneurial spirit.

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I truly believe that if it weren't for this course, I wouldn't have the tools I need to grow as an artist and entrepreneur.

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While I learned Illustrator, I was blown away by the business and marketing skills Bonnie (and guest speakers) imparted.

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I was a little worried about joining as it takes me a while to tackle technology but the flow of the course and the teaching gave me confidence. – Jillian Harvey

As someone who has been using Illustrator for 15+ years, I was frankly shocked at how much I learned from Bonnie. – Jamie Alexander

Even though I have over 15 years of experience using Adobe Illustrator, I still picked up gems and found those lessons so valuable. – Genna Blackburn

Even though I had experience with Illustrator, I knew that this was the right thing to do and bo