TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE & MAYBE A PATTERN OR TWO

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I posted to my blog. 

I’ve been busy blogging for Aviva Studios which has taken my focus for the past few years. I have loved my time working for Liz, the photographer. She has given me freedom to be creative and to implement the strategies I have learned over the years. And to be perfectly honest, when you have a job you love, it puts your own dreams and plans on the back burner.

But with the recent events that have shaken our world to the core, I find myself without steady work. The good thing about a world pandemic, if there is a good thing, is that I have no excuses now. It’s time to focus on my own art for the time being. 

And because of the job security I enjoyed at the photography studio over the last couple of years, I have been able to take the pressure off my own personal creativity. I have finally managed to remove some of the mental blocks that have been plaguing my online presence for a while now. This has helped me get those creative juices flowing again.

For the past year, I have discovered a new direction that I truly love. It incorporates my need for hands-on art that can be taken into a digital world plus storytelling. Frankly, it took me a very long time to form the words around this creativity that I had been missing. I knew what I wanted but I didn’t know what it was called since they don’t teach this stuff in art school.

I stumbled across the term “surface pattern design” last year when my creative world opened up. Since then, I have dived in with both feet, soaking up everything I could learn about what this career path entails. Thank you, Bonnie Christine, & your wonderful community of surface pattern designers!

Surface pattern design, for those who are not familiar, is basically creating repeat patterns for fabric or creating designs that will go on any surface from stationary to interior design items. With this kind of creation, my two worlds have collided… my love of fabric and my love of art.

Now that the greater world has shifted and we all have been relegated to our homes, I have been able to devote my attention to Bonnie’s Immersion Course, which has taught me so much already. 

Through Bonnie’s suggestion, I have read Austin Kleon’s book “Show Your Work!” And I now finally know what I need to do with regards to the ongoing struggle of content creation. 

Moving forward, I am happy to give you a glimpse into my creative process. I want to share with you my struggles and successes so that you can, hopefully, learn and implement some of the strategies that have worked for me. Here’s to a tall glass of  lemonade!