Surface Pattern Design Workshop

I just wanted to let you know that I have another date up for my Intro To Surface Pattern Design workshop at West Elm on the 6th of July at 6:30pm.  These classes have been incredibly popular in the past so if you'd like to come I suggest you grab a ticket fast! This 2.5 hour class is broken down into easy to follow step-by-step sections that clearly explain how to transform your inspiration into a seamless repeat pattern in Photoshop for use in countless projects. Keep reading for more info...

Want to learn how to design a repeat pattern on your computer? If yes, this class is perfect for you. I have been working as a freelance pattern designer for over six years. I studied Surface Pattern Design at university and since graduating I have designed patterns for clients like Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Debenhams and Graham and Brown Wallpaper. I also run my own stationery and homeware brand www.nancy-straughan.com

This workshop is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing patterns on your computer, plus it will inspire and motivate you to design more often and maybe even start a career in pattern design.

What You Will Learn

Learn how to gather inspiration and create mood boards

Create custom colour palettes

Learn best practices for sketching and scanning

Learn how to make artwork from your sketches, your photographs and edit these within Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator

How to create your own repeat pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Learn where and how to transform your patterns into fabric, wallpaper, homeware, stationery and many more products


What to Bring

Nancy will provide you with a booklet containing all the information covered in the class.

If you have one please bring a laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator installed, you can download free trials of these online. If you don't have these simply bring a notebook and jot down the information from the class to use later.

Please note to take part in this class it is preferable (but not essential) to have already scanned in some of your drawings onto your laptop. If you can't do this Nancy will provide you with digital images to work with.

Testimonials From Past Students

"I just wanted to say a big thank you for the workshop yesterday. I'm feeling much more confident in my ability to create patterns now!" Lorna

"I've only recently started on Photoshop and this class was exactly what I was hoping to get by attending. Really looking forward to having a play with patterns now."

“Thank you soooo much for the workshop on Saturday Nancy ! The girls LOVE it and we had a great time! I will definitely be contacting you again if the situation arises!” - Emily. R

”Fab workshop with Nancy- beautiful materials and helpful ideas- to help us with a creative masterpiece!! We can’t wait to show you the finished product THANK YOU!!” - Rachel. M

”Nancy was brilliant, and her class totally surpassed all expectations. We want to do it all again! It was definitely the best workshop I’ve ever done, can’t recommend highly enough! - Sara. H”

You can also read a lovely review of one of my pattern classes on the Camilla Pearl blog here.

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