Pattern Design II: A Creative Look at a Full Pattern Collection

Elizabeth Olwen, Surface Pattern Designer

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12 Videos (40m)
    • Trailer

      0:55
    • Introduction

      4:24
    • Your Project

      1:05
    • The Moodboard

      3:15
    • Drawing

      3:04
    • Hero Prints

      3:08
    • Secondary Prints

      5:06
    • Blender Prints

      3:23
    • Spot Graphics

      3:09
    • Naming and Storytelling

      6:25
    • Spot Graphics

      5:27
    • Final Thoughts

      1:07

About This Class

Join popular surface designer Elizabeth Olwen for an inviting and inspiring 35-minute class all about designing a complete pattern collection!

This class is not a technical introduction to designing a repeat pattern (for that, see Elizabeth's first Skillshare class, Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats). Instead, it's a creative and conceptual follow-up to help you build on those repeat pattern skills!

In 10 bite-sized lessons, Elizabeth introduces each element that becomes part of a larger, cohesive collection: moodboards, 3 main pattern types (hero, blender, secondary), a "logo-like" spot graphic, a name, and a story. Each video lesson includes tips and examples from Elizabeth's own work. Plus, an exclusive class handout provides easy reference.

This class is ideal for designers, illustrators, aspiring surface designers, and pattern enthusiasts seeking creative inspiration and a community for feedback on their designs. It's recommended that students have a basic familiarity with designing repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

New to pattern design? Join Elizabeth's first class, Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats, for an introductory look at designing a single repeat pattern.

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Lori B.

Graphic Designer/Illustration/Surface Pattern

I think Elizabeth is a great teacher. She really zeros in on the information needed to create successful repeat surface designs. I would love to see her teach more classes about using various technologies such as tablets, iPad drawing, and hand drawing icons for patterns as I believe she would be great at explaining the subtleties of these different mediums. Thank you.
This class is excellent. This is the first time a collection was clearly explained and "the whys" of a collection. Elizabeth's sweet demeanor makes learning fun. I highly recommend her classes.

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Elizabeth Olwen

Surface Pattern Designer

Elizabeth Olwen is a Toronto-based surface designer. Inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, Elizabeth’s work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes.

Her obsession with patterns began as a child when she would become mesmerized by the orange floral drapes in her mother’s kitchen. Surrounded by bold, unapologetic prints, patterns were something that she could lose herself in; a window to faraway places. Through the years, the love of patterns remained, and inspired her to start making her own.

Elizabeth loves old wallpapers and vintage fabrics, cannot be forced to choose a favourite colour, and is hopelessly devoted to travel. She has a growing collection of licensed products available in the market, with clients like TeNeues Publishing, Wallpapered.com, Landor, Cloud9 Fabrics, Target and Madison Park Greetings.

Explore more at ElizabethOlwen.com.