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Sarah Erickson

Sarah Erickson

Diversified Her Business Revenue
Learning from Bonnie has given me all the tools I need to launch an entirely new career in Surface Pattern Design and beyond. Bonnie is knowledgable about every facet of Surface Pattern Design, and so many other aspects of business. This course is everything you need to start a thriving ...
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Miriam Rowe

Miriam Rowe

A Career Transformation from Spain
Immersion really reignited my passion for learning something new. After 10 years in the same corporate job, I hadn't realised how stagnant I had become. Immersion gave me something to look forward to, and to feel truly accomplished about every day. Bonnie's guidance and patience at every step of the ...
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Keri Payne

Keri Payne

Finding Hope and Passion in Pattern Design
I realized learning surface pattern design would increase the quantity and quality of skills in my creative arsenal more than buying a new tool would. Learning Adobe Illustrator would, in the very least, give my watercolor and printmaking skills a new digital platform to shine in. The thought of seeing ...
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Skye McNeill

Skye McNeill

Artist and Textile Designer
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 ...
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Karoline Richardt

Karoline Richardt

Freelance Designer to Surface Pattern Designer
My name is Karoline. I am from Hamburg in Germany and I discovered Bonnie's courses on Skillshare over 6 years ago. I was immediately fascinated by Surface Pattern Design and I immediately realized that I finally found something I'm burning for. I was already working as a freelance designer for ...
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Annina Sommer

Annina Sommer

Learned a New Skill and Gained Confidence
On joining Immersion: Suddenly all the drawings I was making had a purpose, and I saw inspiration for patterns everywhere. I was obsessed with pattern-making from the very beginning - it is so addictive! I have to admit, that I still don't use all the Illustrator-Shortcuts. Illustrator and I weren't ...
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Meghann Rader

Meghann Rader

Doing What She Loves for a Living
After earning her BFA of Art and Design in Vancouver, Meghann’s interest in illustration was discouraged. Because the school was very conceptual, she left feeling confused as to how she could earn a living as an artist. For several years she worked at a local art supply store, and even ...
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Elizabeth Vandermey

Elizabeth Vandermey

Filled with Hope at All the New Possibilities
Before my journey into Surface Pattern Design, I had spent years going from job to job—looking for that one thing that would light me up and excite me enough to pursue a career in it. Having studied fine arts and fashion design in school, I knew that it had to ...
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Fiorenza Marani

Fiorenza Marani

A Success Journey from Finland
What did you love about the Immersion Course? I loved to learn to use Illustrator for pattern design. I loved to learn that there are many different ways to create a pattern collection, and that I can create my own process. I loved to read the books suggested by Bonnie ...
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Jessie Hobbs

Jessie Hobbs

Textile Expert Finds New Possibility
Taking Immersion has been the single best investment I've made in my business! I had experience in the textile industry, but this course opened my eyes to my potential in surface pattern design and gave me the confidence to pursue that vision. I was bursting with ideas once I saw ...
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Meagan Funk

Meagan Funk

"For the first time I have a clear picture of what I want to do, and I have the skills to do it."
Before starting Immersion I had zero experience with Adobe Illustrator. I remember opening the program for the very first time and feeling completely overwhelmed. Four weeks into Immersion I was confidently creating repeat patterns and using shortcut keys. Bonnie's vast knowledge and clear instruction break the learning down into manageable ...
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Mary Ann Rieger

Mary Ann Rieger

Claiming Her New Title: Surface Pattern Designer
In addition to my day job as a Radiologic Technologist, I am a self-taught artist and Surface Pattern Designer. I am able to confidently say those words after completing the 2021 Immersion Course offered by Bonnie Christine.  Not only did I learn how to use the Adobe Illustrator program, I ...
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Malene

Malene

Opened Her Eyes to The World of Patterns
What did you love most about the Immersion Course? What I loved most is that I felt like my hand was being held all the way – step by step – removing the overwhelming thoughts of not knowing where to start or finish when diving into the world of pattern ...
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Leah Mayes

Leah Mayes

Seasoned Designer Pursues New Dreams
If you're a seasoned designer on the fence, wondering if you'll learn anything new, I have no doubt you will, as I did, and you'll even likely make the money back with your first paying client. What's changed for you since the Immersion Course? Although I had been working in ...
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Lauren Powell

Lauren Powell

"Leap in and have a lot of fun learning!"
I was worried that I didn’t know enough about licensing before the course to join, that I wouldn't be able to keep up with lessons and that the lessons would be hard to do... but it was really great! After Immersion everything I learnt made things easier to create. What ...
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Kristen Steen

Kristen Steen

Gaining Confidence
The Immersion course means so much more to me than I ever thought it would when I first registered. At first, I didn’t have the confidence in myself or my abilities to even try surface pattern design full time. What if it wasn’t profitable? What if my designs weren’t good ...
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Rosa Veliky

Rosa Veliky

Creating Work She's Proud to Share
What made you decide to enroll in the Immersion Course? I knew I needed to do something artistic, and that I couldn’t sit in my little cubicle desk for one more minute. At first what held me back was the price. I had never purchased anything that expensive for myself ...
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Jennie Enström

Jennie Enström

Illustrator Expert Learning New Tricks
What did you love about the Immersion Course? I love how humble and kind everyone is, how the videos and tutorials gently guides you through every step and how MUCH I LEARNED even though I have been working with design and illustrator for 20+ years! What made you decide to ...
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Deborah Payne

Deborah Payne

Selected to Exhibit Artwork in NYC
My surface design story started with a rekindling of my love for illustration when I began using the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. Before long I created a large library of vector illustrations. About the same time I discovered Bonnie and literally could not wait to start designing repeat patterns ...
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Kirsty Mason

Kirsty Mason

Unlocked Product Potential
Before doing the Immersion Course, I had been trying to self teach myself surface design from Skillshare videos. This was when I discovered Bonnie. I knew this one something I wanted to invest in. Shortly after completing the course I gave birth to my second child. This time around I ...
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Amy Thakrar

Amy Thakrar

Crafting a Career She Loves
I spent years trying so many different creative paths, taking many many courses to figure out what I want to do…until I came across Bonnie and surface pattern design. This brought everything I had been doing together and made me realize I could have a career that I love and ...
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Colleen Rothbauer

Colleen Rothbauer

"If you don't invest in yourself, who will?"
Immersion was the missing piece in my puzzle and gave me what I was lacking: knowledge about the creative design process and how to build a portfolio, industry insights, success stories to keep me going, feedback on my designs, and an encouraging community that spoke my language. Do you ever ...
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Angie

Angie

Mom with a New Career Path
What did you love most about Immersion? The wealth of knowledge. I feel like I have grown so much personally as well as learning a new skill. What made you decide to enroll? Starting this journey was something that literally fell into my lap. It was something I didn't even ...
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Valerie Harris

Valerie Harris

"Immersion Saved Me. Truly."
I remember the first time I heard about surface pattern design when a friend posted that she was taking Immersion 2020. The idea of my art or lettering on a product made me so excited.  I began to see the possibilities for patterns everywhere and on everything.  I spent the next ...
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Shelly Craig

Shelly Craig

Created a New Business After Retirement
My journey to Surface Pattern Design was not a straight arrow.  I’ve always enjoyed creative endeavors. I owned and operated an upscale gift shop for several years, so I know the retail side of things. Going to market gave me insight about the wholesale and manufacturing aspect of the market. Manufacturing: ...
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Sara Wood

Sara Wood

Illustrator Conquerer and Motivated Designer
I hit a milestone birthday in 2021. It had been 20 years of me mulling over the idea of a creative career, and I finally told myself that it was either time to give up the dream or to do something about it. I wasn't ready to give up on ...
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Liz Ambrose

Liz Ambrose

Creative Who Found Her Calling
Before Immersion I was always creative; I was a photographer, a graphic designer, and a web developer. I have always been in love with textiles, but didn't think that I could become a textile designer, I thought only big names and big companies could do that.  What made you decide ...
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Jo Simpson

Jo Simpson

Finding Her Dream Career
When I first came across Bonnie's Immersion Course, I honestly didn’t think twice and knew I was doing this and submitted my email to be in Immersion once enrollment opened. Bonnie taught me, a complete beginner that had never heard of Illustrator, how to make a tossed repeat pattern with ...
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Jennifer Labre

Jennifer Labre

"Everything about this course enriched my soul."
What did you love most about Immersion? I have learned so much from Bonnie. Tips and tricks in Illustrator, things I had never known about before. It was so much more that I could have imagined. What made you decide to enroll in Immersion? I became a stay at home ...
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Jacqueline Pate

Jacqueline Pate

Mom Sharing a Love for Design with her Daughter
Through Immersion, I grew in my confidence as an artist and truly began to believe that there really is room for me in this industry. When I first saw the opportunity to join Immersion, I knew almost instantly that I wanted to take the course and begin my journey as ...
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Draga Vino

Draga Vino

How 15 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life
From the moment I started the Immersion course my life started slowly improving everyday. I changed my daily habits and started drawing regularly. I always felt so much support from the Flourish community and started creating in a completely new way with so much confidence. Since then, I sold my ...
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Elizabeth Chappell

Elizabeth Chappell

Quilt Pattern Designer
Learning from Bonnie opened my eyes to how a mindset of abundance leads to greater success. I saw how to run and operate my own business from Bonnie's example. I will forever be grateful for the Immersion course I took that very first year it opened! I first started by ...
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Cristy Brickell

Cristy Brickell

"Immersion changed my life. Really."
Immersion changed my life.  Really. I don’t recognize who I was last year. I entered Immersion knowing nothing about Illustrator, digital art, Surface Pattern Design, or social media. Now I make art every day, share my art regularly, and sell my art on print-on-demand sites.  Before Immersion, I had a huge collection ...
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Courtney Fraley

Courtney Fraley

Mastering Illustrator to Thrive as an Artist
I loved the live components of Immersion and the caring support of the community. The structure, momentum, and constant creativity felt amazing and I was thriving. Mastering image trace, the recolor tool, and creating patterns from my painted elements felt like the best kind of magic! ...
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Andrea Cernin

Andrea Cernin

Successful Start to Licensing Patterns
I have been a graphic designer for the past 10 years so I was hesitant to join Immersion because I already knew Illustrator really well, but I'm so glad I did. I learned so many new things - especially shortcuts! I was hesitant about the cost of the course, but ...
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Robin Childers

Robin Childers

A New Mindset, Career Path, and Goals
What made you decide to enroll in the Immersion Course? I started as a textile designer years ago after college. When the industry left the South East and I was laid off I change direction of my career. When I moved back to my home town I found a job ...
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Renee Pulve

Renee Pulve

Licensed Wallpaper Artist
What did you love most about the Immersion Course? One of my favorite parts: Learning how to forage and scan found objects in nature, digitizing watercolor art, viewing portfolios and developing an understanding for how they are set up, and seeing the wonderful work of other creatives in Immersion. What ...
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Nancy Noreth

Nancy Noreth

Widely Licensed Pattern Designer & Artist
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 ...
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Rebecca Bobko

Rebecca Bobko

Leveled Up Her Skillset
I loved the clear, well organized lessons that really helped me level up my skillset in Illustrator. I also learned so much about launching a creative business doing exactly what I wanted to do, and it is so spot on for what I needed to get things rolling ...
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Jane Harbison

Jane Harbison

Opened Her Eyes to New Possibilities
What did you love about the Immersion Course? The Immersion community is very supportive. It creates a safe space to share your work. I like being challenged to improve and there are tasks given to do that. I loved learning how to design the right way. Good foundations in process ...
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Gennifer March Schimenti

Gennifer March Schimenti

Licensed Fabric Designer
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. Finding Bonnie’s class was truly the catalyst that moved me from dreamer to designer. My ...
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Melissa Colson

Melissa Colson

Developed a Home Decor Product Line
After working as a professional artist for 13 years, I decided to branch out from illustration into surface pattern design. I came across Bonnie’s classes and was captivated! She’s an inspiration and I connected instantly with her teaching style and have learned more from her than anyone else. When I ...
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Pamela Winn

Pamela Winn

Confidently and Successfully Running a Creative Business
What did you love most about Immersion? I love the community. The encouragement and support we all share with one another is wonderful. Before Immersion, I felt like I was on an island floating out there all on my own. After Immersion, I realize I am part of a talented ...
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Leanne Longwill

Leanne Longwill

Exploring a New Skillset + Making Creative Friends
After I took the Immersion Course, I felt that I had the skills to build a solid design portfolio and begin creating products to sell locally and online. Yes, the Immersion Course is a big investment, but that's exactly what it is, an INVESTMENT IN YOU that will pay off ...
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Nasreen Hassan

Nasreen Hassan

A Success Story from Australia
What did you love most about the Immersion Course? I loved so much! I loved how easily Bonnie explains how to use Illustrator, the process of pattern creation, the concept of a collection, as well as the way the website is set up—it's so easy to navigate. You get more ...
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Maureen Fiorellini

Maureen Fiorellini

Recently Secured Her First Licensing Deal
If I could go back in time I would have taken Immersion sooner! Also, around that time, I was leading a peer group in Flourish. My group was so supportive and excited for me and I still keep in touch with them. I think the community is such a wonderful ...
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Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott

Quilt Pattern Designer
As a quilt pattern designer and aspiring fabric designer, I needed to learn Illustrator and thought my only option was a 2 year degree program at a community college - then I discovered Immersion! In a short 8 weeks, I learned more than I would have in 2 years at ...
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Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams

A Success Journey from South Africa
I had a small business making planners and planner stickers, while looking after my two young children. Though I had some experience with Adobe Illustrator, I was a bit frustrated with my lack of skills in the software and researching YouTube became too time consuming. Bonnie’s teaching style is so ...
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Melanie

Melanie

Stay at Home Mum + Recently Licensed Artist
What did you love most about Immersion? The best part of the course is being able to do it at my own pace. I LOVED the live sessions, the responses to the comments, the wonderful, positive, inclusive community that is created. I added an entire new skillset! My confidence changed, ...
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Mary Kathleen Scott

Mary Kathleen Scott

Discovering New Skills and Inspiration
What made you decide to enroll in the Immersion Course? I felt like I was really taking a big step at saying yes to a life as an artist. And it was. It seriously fast tracked my ability to work within Illustrator, and learning to use the pathfinder panel and ...
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Manuela Pfander

Manuela Pfander

Successful Product Designer
Through continuous practice and testing, I was already able to sell my first products, it is an indescribably great feeling to have your own products in hand. My goal for this year is to license my designs and make a stable income with it. Furthermore, the creation of my homepage ...
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Colleen Underwood

Colleen Underwood

Invested in Herself to Find Time and Location Freedom
If someone was on the fence about Immersion, I would say, "You are worth the investment." It is an investment in yourself and even in your family. You will be able to step more fully into the person you were designed to be and create much goodness and beauty in ...
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Lori Jordan

Lori Jordan

Journal Designer
What did you love most about Immersion? So many best parts! Learning, amazing community, ability to share and get feedback, and get better at the craft. I also started to really lean into my personal look and feel. I've learned my way around illustrator, feel confident in my ability to ...
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Leah Farquharson

Leah Farquharson

Homeschooling Mom + Pattern Designer
What did you love most about Immersion? I love the balanced approach of learning the technical aspects of the software along with the necessary organization, marketing, and business of surface pattern design. What made you decide to enroll? Before taking the Immersion course I was operating an Etsy shop and ...
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Emily Murray

Emily Murray

A Job That Doesn't Even Feel Like Work
What did you love most about the Immersion Course? What I loved most about Immersion was the how every subject was broken down into easily digestible parts. I have a bachelors in graphic design and have been designing for over a decade, and I still learned things I didn't know ...
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Katie O'Shea Axelson

Katie O’Shea Axelson

Signed Her First Licensing Deal
I love the wealth of knowledge and experience that has been shared to gain a whole new perspective on being a creative and figuring out what's next! I have met and discovered so many creatives through classes and links from Bonnie Christine, that I now feel that I have a ...
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Katie Morrow

Katie Morrow

Found Confidence She Didn't Know Was Missing
Immersion provided me with the confidence I didn't know I was missing. I have been a graphic designer for 8 years, I learned so much about Illustrator and feel so much more confident in my skills. Flourish has provided a community of artists, creatives, and surface pattern designers that are ...
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Julia Simons

Julia Simons

Started a Meaningful Career in Surface Design
Signing up for the Immersion Course was a monumental turning point for my career, as it helped put me on a more meaningful path! The Immersion Course gave me the resources to be a successful surface designer and artist, and also gave me the confidence to pursue what I’m really ...
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Beth Matern

Beth Matern

"You showed me what is possible."
I went to school for graphic design and had been working in the field for over four years until I became unemployed due to the pandemic. I had been in such a funk since becoming unemployed, going on more job interviews than I can even remember, and making it to ...
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Jennifer Langille

Jennifer Langille

Leaning Into Career Dreams
For me, the best part of Immersion was the community, in particular my peer group. It was the first time since working for myself that I didn't feel alone. Furthermore, challenging myself to be a peer group leader challenged me to be steady, consistent, and present. I wanted to take ...
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Josie Adams

Josie Adams

Licensed Designer Expanding Her Business
Today, my business is expanding into one that supports makers on many levels, and I couldn’t be more excited. I never would have dreamed building a creative career was even possible without Bonnie’s encouragement. If you’re on the fence, I’d say take the plunge! I’ve made my investment back several ...
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Joan McEwan

Joan McEwan

Confident in Illustrator Skills Across Industries
I would recommend the Immersion course as I found the value for money was definitely there, and as a matter of fact, I would consider taking it a second time as alumni because I enjoyed it that much. I am looking forward to pitching patterns this year for paper products ...
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Jamie Alexander

Jamie Alexander

A Success Story from France
Since Immersion's completion, I have accomplished the scary things I had been afraid of in the past; I have revamped my website, created a fabric collection and two mini collections, created a professional lookbook of my available patterns for licensing, started an email newsletter list, created a free creative guide ...
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Jacqueline Schmidt

Jacqueline Schmidt

Multiple Licensing Deals + Full Time Creative Director
Since signing up for Immersion, I have signed two licensing deals for FULL collections launching this spring (One with a major wallpaper brand and the other one with a major textile company) and three other licensing deals with major brands in the fashion category. I launched Screech Owl Design, a ...
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Jackie MacDonald

Jackie MacDonald

Licensed Fabric Designer
Today, I'm proudly working on collection number 6 with Moda Fabrics, and I could not be happier with my creative life. It's such a delight working with color, pattern, and creating stories to connect with my audience through my fabric lines. And it's been pure bliss to see folks creating ...
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Holly Clinton

Holly Clinton

Finding Solace in Creativity
I joined the Immersion course in 2019 with little knowledge of the surface design world but an eagerness to find out. Bonnie made the introduction seamless. I remember being drawn to her confidence and felt reassured by her gentle encouragement that there was a place for us all in the ...
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Tracey Collins

Tracey Collins

Mom, Planner Designer, and Pattern Creator
Since taking the Immersion Course, I have completed my first pattern collection and used the designs for my 2022 printable calendars, and other downloadable stationery, for my store and website. I’m about to release a range of printed notebooks and journals that will also feature patterns and illustrations from this ...
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Stephanie Marcum

Stephanie Marcum

Making People Smile with Her Creations
Bonnie has been such a positive inspiration in my life over the past year and I can not thank her enough for everything that she has done for me, and continues to do for the creative community! MY PATH TO IMMERSION: I was a stay-at-home mom until my kids were ...
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Gabriela Dachin

Gabriela Dachin

A Dream Come True
The most important thing I’ve learned from Immersion is that we can Dream and those Dreams come true. Dreams are real and possible, not only in our head, we can put them on paper and read them out loud. Taking the Immersion Course made me realize how important the community ...
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Fleur Crawford

Fleur Crawford

Experienced Designer who Further Developed her Skills
Even though I have a lot of experience it was so lovely to find Bonnie and her Flourish membership. Then followed up by the immersion course for all the amazing support, community, and answers I was looking for and didn't even know I needed. My favorite thing is how it ...
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Sarah Maxwell

Sarah Maxwell

Fabric Designer and Author
After being a quilt pattern designer for nearly 20 years, Sarah decided to explore fabric design and quickly realized she needed to learn Adobe Illustrator to progress. She tired of sorting through mountains of information online. Frustrated with all the trial and error, she stumbled across Bonnie’s course. “Bonnie’s clear, ...
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Dee Ann Pickering

Dee Ann Pickering

Putting Work Out Into the World
At 62 I am focused on generating residual income through licensing and POD sites! I am retiring from the fashion world but NEVER see myself as retiring from design. It is and always has been my passion for sure. Just sorry I have held back as long as I have! ...
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"Bonnie opened doors for me that I never knew were possible. She opened my mind to what I can achieve with my life."  – Mable Tan

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49% of students have the location freedom to work from anywhere

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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