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Clea Broad

Clea Broad

Pitch-Ready Within 3 Months
I left Immersion with the confidence, knowledge, and portfolio to pitch to art directors within 3 months! Up until the pandemic I was working in various creative fields, including events styling, millinery, and floristry. When Covid hit, all my work dried up overnight. I needed to find a new creative ...
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Clémence Prosen

Clémence Prosen

From Tech Sales Engineer to Pattern Designer
Now I am proficient in IIllustrator: I create patterns, but I also created cards, illustrations, and prints from my painting and watercolours, with Illustrator. I am happy I discovered another way to create. I had never done anything digital before. Before I started my journey with Surface Pattern Design, I ...
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Chris Vabre

Chris Vabre

Gained Confidence to Start
Immersion was inspiring, transformative, and brought me so much clarity! Flourish keeps me steady and in touch with surface pattern design on a continual basis. Immersion not only gave me the skills I'd been looking for, but it also gave me the confidence I needed to start doing. I quit ...
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Caroline Hirst

Caroline Hirst

Invested in Herself at Age 67
My favorite part of Immersion: the skills learning programme, the motivation, inspiration, mentorship, community, passion, and love. Immersion is the best course to go from A-Z in surface pattern design using Illustrator and learning about the business of surface pattern design. Immersion taught me the skills for Surface Pattern Design ...
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Lauren Hirsch

Lauren Hirsch

Home Sewer to Side Hustle
Immersion inspired me to believe in myself, pursue my dreams, and be confident that I can make my living as a creative. PATH TO IMMERSION: Before discovering Surface Pattern Design, I worked several full-time creative jobs and did a lot of freelance work. My background is in Printmaking and Art ...
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Joanne Cave

Joanne Cave

Success Story from the UK: Finding Purpose
I loved how Immersion opened my eyes to a reality I'd not fully considered before! Plus the absolutely fantastic and supportive community that exists around it. I felt incredibly nervous and unsure about purchasing the Immersion course in 2021... I reached out to alumni that I found on Instagram to ...
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Lizzie Clark

Lizzie Clark

Re-Discovering JOY in Creativity
I love how Bonnie makes something large and daunting into small, easily digestible pieces—whether it’s Illustrator, building a collection, or planning your year. She’s a born teacher and considers every type of learner. It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey (or on the Stages of a Flourishing Designer)—there’s ...
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Brittany Wronka

Brittany Wronka

Turning Creative Dreams into Reality
I absolutely loved the content - it was easy to digest, informative, and tangible, especially for someone like me that didn't have the Adobe skills going in. That coupled with the supportive community and bits of encouragement every step of the way held me accountable and made it a joy ...
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Reagan Hayhurst

Reagan Hayhurst

"It is never too late to start something new."
Bonnie is so incredibly generous with herself, her talents, and her knowledge. Not only has she created this course, but created a space for others to be seen and heard. She and her team have curated a group of creative entrepreneurs to help us grow the skills we need to ...
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Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams

Showing Up and Pursuing the Dream
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. It is really the best class I have ever taken! The ...
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Bridget McBride

Bridget McBride

Revisiting Creativity After Years
Immersion 2021 blew the doors off of any and all my expectations. The support is incredible. I'm so used to working in a vacuum with only myself to rely on that it's been an absolute joy to not feel so all alone. I was (and still am) working as a ...
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Anne LaFollette

Anne LaFollette

Licensed Pattern Designer & Online Teacher
When I discovered surface design, I was recovering from a deep depression because I was let go from my corporate job in my late 50s. My entire identity was my fancy corporate job where I made 6-figures and had a ton of extra benefits. I needed to reinvent myself and ...
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Anna Nissen

Anna Nissen

Newfound Skills, Confidence, and Momentum
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. Gone was the previous confusion and overwhelm from when I was trying to ...
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Tanya Renoux

Tanya Renoux

Scholarship Winner
I was bullet journaling, doing adult coloring in books, and trying to re-connect to my creative self. I joined Flourish in October. Being in peer groups really changed things for me. Then I applied for the scholarship and I won! I was SO OVER THE MOON that someone, one person ...
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Renée White

Renée White

Thrilled to Find Like-Minded Creative Community
I love the community I have met through Immersion and Flourish. As a creative entrepreneur, it is amazing to have connected with like-minded artists who can relate to the unique challenges and successes in this business. I also love that even though I have worked with Adobe Illustrator for more ...
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Tanya J. de Wet

Tanya J. de Wet

Earning Additional Income
I loved the ease of the module layouts and how it seamlessly integrated into Flourish to keep me going. Learning a completely new career at age 45 is the high point of my solo entrepreneur's journey. It opened several doors for additional income & nudged me into discovering what talents ...
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Amy Childers

Amy Childers

Beginning a Surface Pattern Design Career at 67
Since I have completed Immersion, I have created my own fabric landscape patterns, started my own website and Etsy shop, and am working to improve my Illustrator skills and to create my own line of landscape fabrics. I could never have accomplished all of this without Immersion and the support ...
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Susan Brush

Susan Brush

Conquered Technology Fears & Found Community
I started with watercolor artwork, I found Bonnie on IG and the doors opened entirely different opportunities for me. I can’t get enough from this talented group of creatives. It's almost mind-boggling with so much information. I have learned Ai which that in itself a huge hurdle since I am ...
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Alyse Leventhal

Alyse Leventhal

Now Sees Her Products in Stores
The best thing I did in 2021 was take Immersion. I learned so much and enjoyed it all. I have continued to work on it and besides making patterns I have started selling stickers online and wholesale. Currently have my stickers in 2 stores (with repeat orders) and have been ...
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Stella Anderle

Stella Anderle

Art Teacher with Surface Pattern Speciality
I love many sides of the Immersion Course, as well as the Flourish Membership. I love very much the positive mindset, which is like a rocket for me, especially at the moments when I needed this extra little ingredient, called "enthusiasm" to make everything flow again for me and my ...
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Ally Ryde

Ally Ryde

Then and Now: Finding Purpose in the Everyday
What does my life look like now? Since Immersion I have taken other online courses to further my business acumen, I get up at 5 am, work out, do deep strategic reflective thinking, and move my business forward. This course has literally revolutionized my life from the direction I'm taking ...
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Stacie Hoskins-Dale

Stacie Hoskins-Dale

Nurturing Community
I would say to anyone considering joining Immersion, that it is worth the investment in yourself and, while there are difficulties in the course, you will come out on the other side with new skills and new ideas to grow your business. MY PATH TO IMMERSION: Before I found Bonnie ...
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Shanna Mills

Shanna Mills

Earned Her First Licensing Contract
Before taking the Immersion course I wasn’t sure how to get my art on products. It was a dream I didn't know how to achieve. I knew Illustrator already but learned new tricks I hadn’t known before taking the course. It was humbling and full of information that I was ...
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Ruth Nijsten

Ruth Nijsten

Selected for Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week
I was a stay-at-home mum living in Asia following my husband's ex-pat career. A background in Fashion design, worked in the Fashion industry in Europe before we moved but was not allowed to work on several of our postings. I taught on and off but my heart was not in ...
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Aline Doornhof

Aline Doornhof

Found Her Way Back to Art
The best skill I learned was Adobe Illustrator and making patterns with it. I am so proud of myself because of it. The very best thing for sure is being back in the world of art, it is now a big part of my life and I am not quitting ...
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Corinne Rockwell

Corinne Rockwell

Building Confidence: Not Afraid to Pursue Dreams
Immersion is a resource I use every week. I go back all the time a re-watch and re-practice. It makes you realize you are not alone. If someone is on the fence I would tell them that’s it’s worth every penny even if you have to save for it. Before ...
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Alice Pawlas

Alice Pawlas

Earned Multiple Licensing Contracts
Before I started the course I was doing video editing and graphic design full time. I took the immersion course because I had wanted to become a textile designer for a long time. At first, the cost seemed too high and I wasn't sure if it would bring me closer ...
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Rita Torres

Rita Torres

Completed Over 100 Pattern Designs
The best part about the Immersion program is that it's a complete resource all in one place. It's easy to look up topics and find the answers you need in multiple areas of the program (videos, zoom calls, mentors, etc). I have gone back and watched most videos many times ...
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Cassandra Ott

Cassandra Ott

Shifting Her Mindset to Abundant Possibility
I loved learning Illustrator for pattern design, which was a new application for me. I loved broadening my creative reach and vision. I very much appreciated the tools to help me focus and grow my business. The mindset support and holistic approach to a creative business. Most of all, I ...
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Lynn Priestley

Lynn Priestley

Nurse Who Made a Career Change
WHAT I LOVED MOST: The learning platform was brilliant and the skill set I walked away with. And the community was awesome! MY PATH TO IMMERSION: I was a full time nurse and looking for a career change. I studied graphic design but really wanted to design patterns and so ...
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Lorna Bates

Lorna Bates

Finding Community and Overcoming Technology
What I didn't expect to find so valuable was the community aspect of the course. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging that I felt like I had company all the way. I also had an audience to bounce my ideas off and share my problems and successes with. It felt ...
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Lillian Natalzia

Lillian Natalzia

Found Her Creative Voice
The best part of Immersion was the encouragement I received and read through all the discussion posts and live zoom calls. The Immersion community not only encourages you but also helps an individual to group in the course as well as a person personal goals. Before I joined immersion I ...
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Penny Langman

Penny Langman

Australian Wrapping Paper Designer
I came into this course with some Adobe experience but really not enough to start SPD. I had a business idea ready to go but needed skills to go with it! I previously was doing marketing for my husband's medical business but was really craving doing something creative. That coupled ...
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Amy Leventhal

Amy Leventhal

Following a New Dream
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! What I loved most? Everything! The lessons, the community, finding a new passion. It all started during ...
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Alaina Newhouse

Alaina Newhouse

New Skill Unlocked Endless Opportunity
I loved that by the end of the course I had a brand new skill and that my opportunities were endless in the surface pattern design world! I have always had a love of textiles since I was very young. I loved sewing and would often times find fabrics that ...
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Laura Tulloch

Laura Tulloch

Subscription Box Designer
Before Immersion, I was a full-time mum taking a break from my career in publishing. My fear was that I was too old and wouldn’t be able to pick up the technical aspects of the course Immersion is an in-depth training on illustrator made easy. The community aspect was lovely ...
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Penny Dougherty

Penny Dougherty

Gained Skills, Confidence, and Security
Taking the Immersion course has given me security in my knowledge base. I KNOW I know Surface Pattern Design now and I'm ready to Do This! I love the incredibly generous in-depth learning of Illustrator and learning all the ins and outs of Surface Pattern Design. The best part of ...
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Jen Braunton

Jen Braunton

Online Shop Owner with Her Best Year Yet
Immersion for me was so much more than just updating my Illustrator skills and diving into the world of patterns, as I suspected! Could Bonnie teach me more than I already knew with 25 yrs of using the program? Oh, heck yes! I had followed Bonnie for a year to ...
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Isabel Wilder

Isabel Wilder

Mom with a New Career
Immersion gave me possibilities for my future as a creative. Learning a new computer program is already giving me a new skill to improve my business. Also I taught my sons about it so they can see the possibilities for their own future! I had just moved to a new ...
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Egie Mills-Fletcher

Egie Mills-Fletcher

Becoming a Successful Designer at 70
In Immersion, there was so much info given, very well put together, the lessons build on each other. The best parts were the lessons themselves and the weekly Q & A. I refer to my Immersion course videos and notes regularly. There was also great info in the chat. The ...
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Apurva Surana

Apurva Surana

Found Clarity and Confidence in Fabric Design
Immersion gave me so much more clarity to Surface Pattern Design. This program taught me quick tricks for Illustrator making it faster and drastically easier from my previous experience. I was previously making graphics and animation. After gathering experience for 3 years, I narrowed it down to making prints which ...
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Lori Noble

Lori Noble

From Total Beginner to Completed Portfolio
What I loved most about the Immersion Course was the excitement from Bonnie and all the other designers that shared their stories throughout the program. You all made me believe I could really do this. And after nine months, I am close to finishing my first pattern design portfolio. This ...
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Victoria Beerman

Victoria Beerman

Generating Passive Income through New Career at 58
I am almost 58 years old and I am a former magazine art director. I had long been interested in surface pattern design, so in 2020, I started searching for training online. I watched Bonnie's Creative Live and Skillshare classes and I started trying to create patterns on my own ...
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Cyndi Smith

Cyndi Smith

A Widow's New Chapter: Becoming Me
My favorite thing about Immersion is the community—and of course, Bonnie. She is so positive, calming, and settling. I love making paper and repeat patterns. Before discovering Bonnie and Surface Design I was a caretaker to my husband of 38 years who had Early Onset Alzheimers. When I lost him ...
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Regina Kolebabchuk

Regina Kolebabchuk

Designed Over 50 Patterns
I'm an artist transitioning from Illustration to Surface Pattern Design. I've been in love with patterns since childhood. As soon as I learned that it's possible to design patterns for fabric and other products, I started taking classes on this topic. Immersion seemed like the most comprehensive course on pattern ...
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Cheryl Malkowski

Cheryl Malkowski

Enjoying Working from Any Time and Any Place
When I saw an ad for the Immersion Course last winter, I knew it was time for me to sit down and learn what had been eluding me for the past decade. Even if nothing ever came of it, I wanted to know how to do it! It is a ...
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Lori Battaglia

Lori Battaglia

"My dream is possible—even as a Grandma!"
I am an art educator with a degree in Graphic Design. I created designs for baby decor and for both of my daughters when they were pregnant at the same time. I began searching for more information on surface pattern design—and I found Bonnie and Immersion. Designing patterns was something ...
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Judy Patterson

Judy Patterson

Feeling Inspired and Encouraged
How do I even pick my favorite part of the Immersion course???? haha! It is easy! It is Bonnie—who is so inspiring and encouraging. I loved the way that Bonnie set up the class. It was step by step and paced to set us up for success. I loved the ...
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Jae Marano

Jae Marano

Having Fun Creating Patterns
I have always loved putting pen to paper and creating anything! Actually, paper isn't 100% necessary, as I will draw on anything (sneakers, bike fork, etc.). I love patterns but struggle with color and making them look more professional. I just launched a website with links to products I created ...
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Sharon

Sharon

Designer from Malta
No matter how advanced you are, the Immersion Course has something for everyone. You will take away so many things from it, and you will have the support of so many like-minded artists behind you! Flourish is one of the best resources I have come across and Immersion was amazing ...
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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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Over 25% of Immersion Students received a licensing contract within one year of the course.

"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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4,632 artists took the first step toward building their creative career

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over 12% of alumni are earning $50,000 per year or more

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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

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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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what success looks like...

“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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entrepreneur successes

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

Tiffany Rice

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.

Melissa Colson

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

Laura B McGarity

You’re learning so much more than a program... You’re learning how to begin building or expanding your creative business.

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from experienced illustrator users...

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 boy was I right. I learned so much from Bonnie. – Jennifer Labre

Bonnie taught me, a complete beginner that had never heard of Illustrator, how to make a tossed repeat pattern. I was hooked and in love! – Jo Simpson

It is surreal to see my dreams coming true. Something I never thought possible was made possible by believing in myself & trusting in Bonnie's program. – Debby Lightman Casher

I was terrified of learning Illustrator, but Bonnie’s tried and true teaching method made conquering the program a success. – Michael Sheridan

The content is comprehensive, the business lessons are invaluable, and Bonnie is a wonderful teacher.  – Erin Kendal

I absolutely loved the content - it was easy to digest, informative, and tangible, especially for someone like me that didn't have the Adobe skills going in. – Brittany Wronka

Even though I'm very advanced in Adobe and have over 20 years of experience in the programs I still learned faster ways of doing things.  – Fleur Crawford

For anyone hesitant on taking this course, if you are an artist—there will be something in here for you that is beneficial. No matter what stage you are in, this is a great group of people to connect with who will support you, help you, and cheer you on! 

Carrie Tomaschko

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 there was room for her work as a floral artist, and that she could find the confidence to get from A to Z.

She knew that she wanted to do more and that her drawings were good, but she could not see how to make herself visible in a sea of floral artists and surface designers. In a leap of faith she looked into a few pattern design classes, but to her, the content was uninspiring. Then, she found the Immersion Course and everything clicked.

“Besides the immense amount of content that Bonnie offers, it was watching the other designers really blossoming with their skills in the Facebook group and seeing the community that Bonnie supported what drew me in; Bonnie’s willingness to lay it all on the table, because she does believe that there is room for everyone.” Shortly after taking the course, Isa had her first licensing client, she now has commissioned works in constant rotation, and has begun teaching art and creativity classes online. Taking the time to learn her surface design skills has opened her world in ways she had never imagined. She is working on a book (or two), and she does this all as a single mom and graduate student!

“It became about understanding that my style is my biggest asset because no one else has it, and that means that there is, indeed, room for all of us somewhere if we are to be willing to put in the work time after time. t takes being brave to invest in yourself, to push yourself a little bit closer to your goals. This course offers so much, and while its focus is surface design, the support, camaraderie, and content is just truly a gift to any creative wanting to make their mark in this world.”

Colorado

Isa Down

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As a 100% self taught designer I always had major imposter syndrome until I found Bonnie and this course! It didn’t matter that boutiques all over the country were selling my products I was incredibly insecure. The Immersion Course LITERALLY changed my life in regards to my business.

My confidence, skill set, designs, and business goals were all up leveled immensely! My business and belief in myself has grown leaps and bounds from the knowledge I learned in Immersion—I even licensed my first fabric collection and taught my first Skillshare class directly following this course!!

In hindsight the vision I had for my business before Immersion was so limited, now my entire roadmap has shifted and I feel like the possibilities are endless! I don’t care if it sounds cheesy or sells pitchy - don’t think about it for another second: take the course, it’s worth every penny and more!

Philadelphia

Ryann Scrafford

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Prior to my journey in Surface Pattern Design, I was creating watercolor designs on pillows, prints and mugs for my online shops. My goal for the last three years has been to see my artwork on fabric and paper products. I had no idea where to start or what it would entail. Today, I am beyond excited about my journey and it wouldn't have been possible without Bonnie.

After taking Immersion, I could see the end goal becoming a reality. I could see all of the steps necessary to seeing my dream coming true. It felt attainable and realistic. I now know how to use Adobe Illustrator and create beautiful patterns that reflect my whimsical yet vintage floral style. I love the process of sketching from foraged finds and photos from our acreage on the Canadian Prairies. 

If you have had a dream of seeing your artwork on products, I would encourage you to take Immersion. You would truly be getting more than what you ever imagined. 

Canada

Darlene Brink

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"Putting yourself out there is a scary thing, but within a month of taking Bonnie's class I had learned Adobe Illustrator and created my first fabric collection. But most important of all, I had confidence in myself and my abilities."

Meghann rader

"This course is well-paced and embraces you the entire way. You always feel supported and validated by Bonnie, her team, and your fellow members. It is a fantastic experience. Within minutes of the first lesson, I knew I had made the right investment."

Erin mcgovern

"Bonnie keeps alive and reignites 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."

elena wilken

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Shortly after finishing Immersion, the creative director at Cotton + Steel reached out to me about designing a collection of quilting cotton fabric! – Kayla Ann

Moda Fabrics
Cotton and Steel
Hawthorne Supply Co.
Nordstrom
Hello Bello
Target
Society6
Spoonflower
Redbubble
Copper Pearl
Carriage House Printery
... and so many more!

licensing wins

After Immersion 2020, I put a website and portfolio together, started pitching to clients, and signed three licensing contracts within the year! – Genna Blackburn

I have completed 1 full collection and many more are in the works now. I have just signed my first licensing deal with a company in the UK. – Katie O'Shea

Before moving to Australia, Mable worked as a writer for a magazine. After she became a mum, things shifted a bit. She was lucky to take a few months off to take care of her baby, but her Etsy shop suffered greatly and it never recovered.

Feeling very frustrated, Mable had to start from zero. For two years she found it hard to make a living, but she was determined to share the financial responsibilities at home.

One day she received an email from the company that had once licensed a design from her, asking if she had any collections and putting emphasis on their sale-ability. Mable had no idea how to come up with one, but what she did know was that in order to thrive as an artist, she had to educate herself.

Once she joined the Immersion course, her eyes opened to all the possibilities of a surface pattern designer.

“I learned so much from Bonnie, not just the technical aspect, but the mental aspect as well. I became more resilient, disciplined and focused. I appreciated Bonnie’s beautiful work and it inspired me to work hard. Suddenly I knew this is what I was meant to do. Coming up with a strong collection takes time, practice and experience, but Bonnie made it easy for me with her meticulous and concise lessons. I have taken other courses before (not on surface pattern design), but they never inspired me the way Bonnie did.”

Since taking the Immersion Course, Mable has developed a collection of shoes on Bucketfeet, she signed up with an agent to represent her at Surtex, and keeps working hard to grow a sustainable income through licensing her designs. 2020 Update: I’m immensely grateful for 2019 and ALL the opportunities that came my way. I released three fabric collections with Hawthorne Supply Co., and then in September, I collaborated with PBS fabric and produced a fabric collection of 13 designs! I also worked with Monster Threads in Australia to produce a line of gift and apparel for their summer collection. It’s been a very blessed and busy year for me.

There is a note above Mable’s desk that reads:

“There are two types of people in the world; those who simply talk and dream of success and the ones who go out there, chase their dreams and get things done.”

She adds: “you’ve got to do the hard work; you’ll thank yourself a year from now. I know I am.”

Australia

Mabel Tan

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I found Bonnie's classes during a major time of change in my life and have not looked back. Surface pattern design brings me such a sense of fulfillment and creative joy. Last year I decided I wanted to take my dream more seriously and started putting in the time and effort necessary to grow my business. 

I decided to invest in the Immersion Course with Bonnie, and before the course was even over, I signed my first fabric licensing deal!

Josie Adams

Bonnie is not only a fantastic artist, but also simply amazing at teaching her students all she knows about design and the business behind it (which is, btw, a ton!). No matter where you’re at with your design and business skills, she miraculously is able to pick you up. The weekly sets of tutorials build up on one another, are clear, comprehensible and most importantly inspiring.

One thing is sure: it’s the best business decision I could have made.

Kira Gendner

Bonnie has been an invaluable part of my journey as an artist. Not only has she given me the technical tools needed for success, but she's also helped me along a journey in rediscovering grace and self love. As a result, I'm finally, slowly, transitioning my handmade business to art and licensing this year. I'm building daily habits to defeat overwhelm and establish a consistent art practice. This year is about practicing and getting to know who I am as an artist so that I can build a foundation to establish a lifelong career - something that can't be rushed, but is instead built at a steady, strong, consistent pace. 

Leah Farquharson