Intro To Surface Pattern Design - Digital Repeat Patterns Workshop with Nancy Straughan


Want to learn how to design a repeat pattern on your computer? If yes, this class is perfect for you. Nancy has been working as a pattern designer for six years. She studied Surface Pattern Design at university and since graduating she has designed patterns for clients like Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Debenhams and Graham and Brown Wallpaper. 

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 on your computer for use in countless projects.

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.

Bottomless teas and coffees will be provided to keep you energised!

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 printed booklet containing all the information covered in the class. If you'd like to it's a good idea to bring your laptop so you can follow along with each step. 

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 you can just watch each step and make notes instead!