Tag Archives: Design School

Doodle Therapy

I think a bit of doodle therapy can be so important for creatives so today I wanted to share a little idea that I always encourage my students on the Make it in Design courses to do. Grab a large sheet of paper or card & stick it to the wall… then just draw & doodle away for […]

Passion For Pattern

I always find it hard to explain what it is that I do as a job to people who are new to my work. First & foremost I’m a Print & Pattern Designer, however I’ve been called an Illustrator for the various commissions I’ve worked on, an Author because of my books (although they are […]

Being a Working Designer

Happy Monday! I’ve had an admin heavy / finishing off those niggly jobs kind of weekend. I always like to pin up a giant sheet of paper & create a giant doodle wall on boring days like these & just draw for the fun of it & give myself a little break. This is something […]

Your Design Career

Next year marks the 10th Anniversary since I left my safe/in-house full time design job to fly solo. I literally handed in my notice before the big recession started (obviously I didn’t know that was about to happen), but taking a risk paid off. I felt like a number & not an individual working for […]

Make it in Design – Black Friday Sales!

I feel so lucky to be a working designer & I’m also fortunate enough to teach in a way that is so flexible around my studio & I just adore our Make it in Design community. Setting up Make it in Design with my Co-founder Beth Kempton has been so fun but ultimately we have truly worked our […]

Make it in Design Filming – Sneak Peek!

Hello everyone! Today we’re sharing a little sneak peek at some bran new filming we are doing for our sister site Make it in Design! Founders Rachael & Beth have been happily working away as we prepare brand new content for The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design modules. Watch this space! You can see […]

The Power of Networking

Some thoughts from my NYC work trip! I spent a fair bit of time networking whilst out in NYC. Some people may view it as glorified socialising & in some ways it is… When you run your own business it can become isolating at times & you naturally always put extra pressure on yourself & […]

Make it in Design Spring Sale!

25% off individual courses OR 40%* off course bundles! I’ve recently been exhibiting work at Surtex & it’s been a dream come true to visit the show this year & see my work shown in person. Do you want to one day see your own work exhibited at a show like Surtex? Do you dream […]

The power of a single motif

Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about the impact that your drawings can have & about the power that can lie within a single drawn motif. Taking ‘Module 1: Designing Your Way’ from Make it in Design (my own e-course!) has been truly amazing, inspiring & motivating. I’ve loved connecting with the group & […]

Taking my own e-course live! – Module 2

Hello everyone! In January I announced that I would be joining The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course as a fellow classmate (for the 1st time ever)! It’s been such an amazing experience to get to sit down & design with my classmates & the community. You can keep up with my progress over […]