Before I began learning the world of surface pattern design through Immersion, I had just earned my MFA from Hollins University (as a single mom) and was working on my career in children’s literature—writing and illustrating middle-grade novels and picture books.
In 2013, I left a decade of domestic abuse, with my two young daughters, and was finding myself again through my art. Since then, I haven’t slowed down. I love what I do and will always create.
As a child, I used to make quilts with my mom. We had a quilting night at her friend’s house on Thursdays that I looked forward to all week. What if I could make fabric now that my mom would use? My mom still loves to quilt and I wanted to make fabric for her to sew with.
I had begun looking for ways to learn surface pattern design and came across Bonnie Christine. It was not long before I knew I wanted to take Immersion and dive right in. I watched every lesson, attended every live session, and soaked it all in eagerly.
One of the most exciting aspects to Immersion for me was the way that we were encouraged to tell a story through our pattern collections.
As a writer and narrative illustrator, this made me so happy to be able to weave in storytelling and pull a collection together as a whole. I also love color and finding out about colorways was exciting. Learning how to make a collection cohesive through color, and even use color as part of the story, was a fun challenge. I was equally thrilled to find out we could paint with traditional materials and use those pieces of painted artwork to scan in and create digital repeating patterns.
In Immersion, I created my first pattern collection in two colorways. After that, I couldn’t stop making patterns, and in fact, since then, I have created three collections and am working on a fourth.
This past holiday season, I launched my first set of physical products— a four-piece collection of silkscreened flour sack towels, featuring patterns from my fourth collection.
After learning the world of surface pattern design through Immersion, I feel confident in my Adobe Illustrator skills, and in my collection creation skills. I’ve pulled three full collections together in a portfolio, and am on the cusp of submitting to fabric companies with ambitions of becoming licensed with my own fabric collection.
Before Immersion, licensing a fabric collection was a whisper in the wind, and now it feels attainable, even inevitable, with hard work and persistence. I know that I have the skills now to make it happen. It's only a matter of submitting, and that's next!
If you are on the fence about taking Immersion, I would encourage you to go for it, because if you don’t you will always wonder, what if?