This last week I have been watching and learning some online video courses on Skillshare.
In particular I have been watching Elizabeth Olwen’s class on creating a fabric collection. Elizabeth is a successful surface pattern designer based in Toronto, Canada. You can view her website here. Her designs are beautiful and I have learnt so much from her in just a few videos. She currently has three video courses on Skillshare (see links below for each course).
All images copyright of Elizabeth Olwen
The three video classes on Skillshare are:
1) How to Create repeats in Adobe Illustrator- this is a great beginner class covering all the basics and techniques needed to be able to created surface pattern repeats. Elizabeth goes into depth about how to create your repeat in Adobe Illustrator and how to present your files in the correct way for manufacturers and clients.
2) Creating a full fabric collection– Elizabeth discusses what a fabric collection needs in terms of scale, motifs, sizing, balance, contrast, directional and non-directional prints etc. She progresses through the videos by showing her own collection of prints and sharing how her own processes and she came up with her designs.
3) Putting your artwork onto products i.e mock up designs- this is a must for any artists or designer who wants to know how to put your repeat patterns onto product mock ups either for saving files to take/send to clients or by way of creating a physical ‘Look Book’ or digital version for the web. Elizabeth guides you through step-by-step for every stage.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing Elizabeth’s classes and will probably retake them again at some point in the future.
Hope this has inspired someone to check out Skillshare and Elizabeth’s classes. If you do check out her classes, I would love to know what you think!