pattern camp

Last year I took Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp class and yes, I loved every minute!

It was a weekend course filled with so much information. I learned a lot of new things and I was able to review and practice the techniques I already had under my belt. At the end of it, I walked away thoroughly happy and very much inspired to go pattern the world!


It was such a wonderful experience that I felt inclined to share with you all. I remember when first starting my study of pattern, I wasn't aware of all the online classes that were available. (There are a lot out there!)I actually happened to stumble upon Jessica Swift's class when I was taking another program taught by Alena Hennessy.

I believe Pattern Camp is a wonderful place for the beginner and just as valuable for those that are more advanced.  The group includes all levels, it's both a supportive and eclectic bunch!


I know that since I've taken it, Jessica has updated her site and added in Campfire which looks sooo tempting! Once I get some more of my to-do list done, I plan on trying it out. 


No matter which route you choose to go, whether it's through a class or on your own, there really is only one way to become a better surface designer and that is by practicing! I think that applies to all levels, remember that you will always get back in return what you put out.  So be sure to give it good energy and 100% of you! 

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Sam began her creative journey as a young child with a love for colorful acrylics and folksy style imagery. Creating whimsical and happy art has since become part of her regular process. Currently exploring watercolor and gouache as mediums, she's always seeking new challenges that will help her grow as an artist.


Sam's illustrations have been featured on Print & Pattern and Swatch & Repeat. They have also been published in both Uppercase and Teen Breathe magazine. 


Books are now available on Amazon! Coming this year you will be able to find a wide variety of journals and creative books for kids!


The one thing that you will find ties all of her work together is her originality and the way that she executes each piece. There's a ton of love and care that goes into it all, down to the very last detail.


Sam finds gratitude in every day that she has another opportunity to make more art and create pretty things for a living. A favorite spot to sit and ponder future projects is her garden. Unless it happens to be winter, in which case you will find her at her desk, wrapped up in a warm sweater, sipping a large cup of tea. 


Besides the creative stuff, Sam loves taking naps, hanging out at the beach and Netflix binging. Currently, she resides in Pitt Meadows, BC with her husband, their three daughters and fur babies, Pepper and Nick.


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