At last the waiting is over and the Surface Pattern Design course has begun!
Over the weekend, as the students introduced themselves, I became increasingly nervous. Almost all of them had at least done a degree in Graphic Design and worked in that field and some were even Textiles and Surface Pattern Design graduates! I began to have serious doubts about whether I would be able to keep up with a course that was apparently aimed at people who were already trained and experienced in this field!
But I needn’t have worried – not yet, anyway! The course has started off fairly low-key with this week’s topic, ‘Inspiration’. Anyone who has been following my blog, may have concluded that inspiration is not something I lack – it’s the time to carry out all my ideas properly that I’m short of!
(Here's one of my posts from the archive on Inspiration.)
There’s been a fair amount of sketching and taking photos this week, both of which I do anyway.
And by now I’m thinking that it’s probably a good thing that this week hasn’t, so far, been too demanding. There have been so many new people to get to know (nearly 100 on the course at the moment!), a new Pinterest board of ‘Patterns I Like’ to create and finding out how to upload my images to Flickr, for the ‘Group Pool’ took a bit of time!
One thing that I can already say is definitely a Good Thing, is that this course has encouraged me to ‘play’ again!
You can see some of the results of my ‘playtime’ on this Pinterest board, when I discovered a cheap and cheerful 650-piece ‘craft set’ unopened in the cupboard where I keep toys for visiting grandchildren!
And these stripey, postcard-sized experiments were great fun to create!
They’re a bit rough and ready as the tissue paper is difficult to cut in clean lines once it’s been painted. I think two of them are pretty awful, one I quite like and one I’m enthusiastic enough about to use it as the basis of a pattern for some Zazzle products!
I wonder if you can guess which one that is!