This was the fifth (!) year that I have hosted this challenge, and I wanted to make this one special! First of all, I wanted to give the prompt a little more structure and make it possible to
draw flowers for any occasion. So I divided the prompt into 5 different categories: Everyday, Spring/Easter, Summer/Tropical, Fall/Harvest, and Winter/Christmas. That way we would be able to
create patterns with a purpose for each season.
The other exciting new thing was that after years of not trusting my idea enough, I took a leap of faith and created access to the challenge on a learning platform and decided to offer 3 different options according to the needs of the artists and designers: free, starter and premium. Because over the years I have learned that many love to create for the sake of creating, while others prefer to create with a goal in mind and build their portfolios, and I wanted to serve them so they could get the most out of this 30-day challenge.
It was a huge learning curve to set up the platform and the material, but it was also so much fun! I also learned to accept that done is better than perfect and I already have new ideas for next year, hopefully.
I have only words of gratitude for all those who participated, shared, liked and commented on not only mine but all the beautiful entries from all the talented artists and designers who participated! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Some of the participants...
Here is a selection of participants for you to meet and finally see the face behind the pattern. Let's meet them! Don't forget to visit their IG profiles and leave some love +
These were some of my entries...
This time around, I wasn't able to prepare all the patterns in advance like in previous years. I was exhausted and burnt out for weeks in which I wasn't able to draw, so I did them on the go: a
so now what?
A third change I decided to make this year was to do something at the end, because after the challenge people usually have lots of new patterns, but they don't really know what to do with them.
Should they upload them to P.O.D. sites? Or pitch them?
The best answer for me was to put everything I know about creating collections into a workshop. All the knowledge and experience I have gathered in the last 10 years of working in the fashion and textile industry with companies, textile studios and as a freelancer has gone into this workshop, which I plan to update with new information from time to time.
The workshop is already available for purchase. For now, you'll be able to learn about the different types of collections, get tips and tricks on how to create them, download templates, see examples and helpful links. The next update will be coming soon and I will show you the process of how I create collections, step by step.
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