MOYO Magazine Issue 10

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abspd ALUMNI SUCCESS When we first created The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, we had no idea just how much it would transform the careers of our students. We are so proud of our alumni, many of whom have gone on to sell stacks of work, license designs internationally and start their own design labels. This issue we are looking at the successes of star alumni who have featured in the press, won competitons and live design briefs, and achieved lots of other amazing things as emerging surface pattern designers.

In the press

We are thrilled to share the success of Claire Wilson and Katy Bloss whose designs recently featured in Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine as a result of a live brief in our advanced seven week course, The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. What an amazing opportunity for both these talented designers!

Claire Wilson

Claire is a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer who works from her home studio in Northamptonshire, UK. She loves creating fun and colourful designs that make people smile and feels very lucky to do what she loves every day. When I first saw my work in the magazine… I felt excited and very happy! It felt quite surreal seeing my work in print and my own face looking back at me. I loved the idea that people could make Christmas cards for loved ones using papers that I’d designed – it was a real buzz and it gave me a huge confidence boost. I loved The Ultimate Portfolio Builder course because… The content was really good. I especially enjoyed the subject matter in the first two weeks. I’ve got pretty comfortable over the years drawing the same things over and over again, and convincing myself that there are some things I just can’t draw. The course challenged me to step out of the box. The prompt cards are great if you’re stuck in a design rut. I also liked the projects set for the live briefs and I was grateful for the opportunity to showcase my work to some dream clients. The most important lesson I learnt was… Not to compare myself to others, which is easier said than done! Everyone is at different stages of their design journey and we all have something unique to offer. There’s room for everyone! I also realised how important it is to keep exploring and experimenting to find your own signature

style and handwriting. I’ve been amazed by what I’ve produced because I found the courage to try new things. WEBSITE: 106

I’d describe The Ultimate Portfolio Builder course as… Jam-packed with creative activities, exercises,