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Patternmaking in MMID Summer School

This blog has been a bit quiet over the summer so far – my youngest son did his A levels then as soon as they were finished we had a few days in London, followed by a blissful fortnight at Limone on Lake Garda in Italy (if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the ginormous ice creams we consumed in Sirmione at the south side of the lake, plus various picturesque photos of lakes and mountains).

To get my pattern-creating mojo going again, I signed up for the Make it in Design Summer School.  This is a free course which consists of three assignments at two-week intervals.  It has three tracks: beginner, intermediate and advanced and we could sign up for as many tracks as we wanted to, so being a sucker for punishment I signed up for all three.  It has been great fun!  There is a really chatty and supportive Facebook group where we have all been sharing our struggles and emerging designs where people’s skill levels range from complete beginner to seasoned professional!  Even though I’ve been using Photoshop and Illustrator for over a year now, there are still aspects which I struggle with (lots!) and this group has been great for solving some of the questions and problems – especially making mockups of patterns on product images to see how they might look when manufactured.

The galleries of the first brief are here:

http://makeitindesign.com/summer-school-galleries/

The beginners’ brief was a Tropical theme.  In true contrariness, I actually found the advanced brief the easiest and did that first.  Last weekend I had a nasty fluey type lurgy and really didn’t think I’d get any of them done but in the end they seemed to come together.   Before I got ill I got the paints out and had a lot of fun splashing round making water marks and generally playing.  This tropical pattern actually started with the background.  I did it a couple of months ago when I had some paint to use up – I had drawn a couple of circles to start me off and I sort of doodled the paint around.  I then added the other elements which I’d already scanned into Photoshop – the texture started off as a tiny homemade stamp carved out of an eraser.

You can see my pattern on this page – http://makeitindesign.com/wp-content/plugins/photo-contest/view.php?post_id=4958&order=uname&p=3

The Intermediate brief was for a geometric, retro style pattern that could go on a swimsuit.  I’m not sure if this really qualifies as geometric but it was a sort of painted mark making exercise with a flat brush, much more my style than graphic geometrics produced in Illustrator.

My pattern is on this page, together with another photo of the pattern mocked up on a swimsuit: http://makeitindesign.com/wp-content/plugins/photo-contest/view.php?post_id=5060&order=uname&p=5

The theme of the advanced track was water and for this one I used some of the painted marks that I had had so much fun with, combined with some bubble prints that I did about a year ago.

This pattern is on this page, with another of it mocked up on some cushions – http://makeitindesign.com/wp-content/plugins/photo-contest/view.php?post_id=5058&order=uname&p=4

We were given suggested colour swatches for the three patterns and as mine match fairly well across the levels, I’ve made it into a Tropical collection:

I’m back!

Time to revive this blog, I think!  I got fed up with the sound of my own voice so had a break….

My cat, Ziby, sitting on some newly ironed African fabric

My cat, Ziby, sitting on some newly ironed African fabric

 

My new website design is in process of getting thrashed out and I have a new blog theme with lots of options for customization to incorporate it, so you’ll probably see quite a few changes over the coming weeks.  My life is a bit like that at the moment too – by the autumn we should be empty nesters as my youngest son has been busy visiting universities and if all goes well he should be starting physics with astrophysics at some academic institution or other.  Last week we went to a Birmingham uni applicants day, – as it was half term we stayed overnight and while he went shopping the second morning, I visited the archives based in the new library building.  It is pretty spectacular and has some great views over the city.   Here are a couple of pics:

new Birmingham library building birmmus2

To give myself a bit of an incentive to keep writing, I have joined a bloghop where I can rant about my love of paper and the stuff I do with it, so look out for lots of papery pics next Monday!

bloghop button

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here

Moyo Directory and Diverse Manners

I’m looking forward to next Monday – Module 2 of the pattern course, The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, is starting!  I really enjoyed Module 1 and it got me designing again, drawing little sketches and playing with Photoshop (and cursing Illustrator!) and because I knew that the next module was coming it kept up the momentum over the summer. I could easily have been diverted and distracted by the presence of all three of my sons (or just been idle and got up at noon every day!).  This next module is about branding – Creating your professional identity.  So no doubt you will see lots of tweaks and changes here!  You’ll notice, unless you are reading this from a blog reader, that I have changed the WordPress theme of the blog – please let me know if anything isn’t working for you.  I’ve also installed a plugin to give you the choice of reading the blog in a more pared-down, mobile-friendly format on smartphones or tablets – it is supposed to be quicker to load (and, more importantly, uses less data if you’re on a mobile contract) but there is a button at the bottom to switch to the traditional browser layout if you don’t like it.

If you would like to see some of the patterns I’ve been creating, I have a profile page on the new Moyo Directory: here is a quick screenshot of part of it:

Liz Plummer – Moyo Directory - Google Chrome 15082013 211521

I would love it if you could click the ‘like’ button on the page when you visit!

Also at the end of October some of my textile work is going to be in an exhibition in Cwmbran (near where I live) as part of the Diverse Manners Arts Group annual exhibition – if you would like to be notified when it is happening, click on the link and ‘like’ our Facebook page which I helped set up earlier this year.  The theme is Chiaroscuro which is an Italian art term for light and dark and I am exhibiting Birth of a City and also four smaller screenprints which I printed a while ago using a paper stencil (once I’ve stitched and mounted them!).

shadows

shadows

The exhibition is being held in a church and there is a nice tree-lined graveyard next to it with lots of space for bunting so in a mad moment last week I decided to make some and stencil the words ‘ART EXHIBITION’ on them.  Here they are drying on the clothes horse:

screen printed letters on bunting

Of course I couldn’t let all that spare paint go to waste, so I printed it randomly on this piece of dyed fabric!

printed fabric

And here is the rest of the bunting all piled up ready to be stitched together – so far I think I’ve got enough to wrap round the house several times and I’ve run out of bias binding so need to cut some more!

bunting

And finally, I couldn’t resist putting in this photo of a gorgeous lily growing in our garden – aren’t the colours yummy?

pink lily

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