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Art & Design by Margaret Kelly

Anthropologie Collaboration & Minted Contest Updates

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Earlier this year Anthropologie created a lovely set of pillows using one of my floral patterns, and a couple of my bird watercolors. These are now marked down on sale at a great price right now, so heads up they are here - Estuarine Bird Pillow

Also, I decided to enter my first Minted submission for the Minted and Domino x 2 art competition. If you like my entry, please vote for it! It is much appreciated! 

Designing Surface Patterns from Scratch Blog Tour

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Welcome to my (very new) blog! I'm so excited to be part of the DSPS blog tour, you probably followed the link from Art By Kari, thanks so much for taking the time to do so! Also, be sure to check out Andi over at Beets and Okra Monday.

Please feel free to explore the rest of my website to learn a bit more about me and my art, and follow any of my social media accounts for behind the scenes photos, and updates!


So when I signed up for this class, I went into it excited to learn something about the business side of being a surface pattern designer. What I did not realize was how much confidence I was going to gain from this course in the choices I have made about my art and the direction I want to go in. Bonnie walks you through step by step how to create a pattern collection, from the creative process to supplying you with all the information you need to have a mini portfolio to take to art directors. There is such a wealth of information on the ins and outs of using Adobe Illustrator during this process, her experiences of starting her own career in surface pattern design, and even the legal side of things are covered. 

The quality of the class is great, instruction is easy to follow, inspiring, and never have I found such a thorough source about getting into this field of creative work.

While I watched the 3 day course when it was free live, by the end of the first day I knew I had to purchase it for future reference, it was just that good. Besides all of the knowledge that I gained, what I really truly appreciated was how open Bonnie was. Sharing this knowledge that she worked hard through trial and error to gain, with everyone that wanted to hear it. There was a quote that in all honesty may have been my favorite part of the course- "there is room for you". Sometimes as artists or designers just getting started in the business, it's easy to be intimidated, and to feel lost amongst a sea of talent. However, to hear "there is room for you" is just what I needed to hear, and what I think a lot of artist and designers need to hear. 



The work that I created after the class is actually a huge work in progress right now. Here is a sneak peek of some of the motifs that may (or may not!) be part of my pattern collection when it's done. As far as inspiration goes, anyone that know's me know's my obsession with flat faced animals! Especially boston terriers. I have had the pleasure of owning 2 boston's in my lifetime, and my current pup is named Lola (which is apparently a very popular flat faced dog name!) This boston motif here is actually inspired by the pup I had when I was younger, she had a diamond on her head! I am thinking about creating a few more pups to join her in the garden by the time I am finished. The garden idea came from my Lola, who loves romping through leaves, flowers, and anything outdoors. She never stays still when there is flowers to smell and crunchy leaves to chew on! It's her happy place, and that fun and joy has been an inspiration to me in this work in progress.

If you have read this far, then you are in for a treat! Bonnie has been so kind to offer a free one month membership to her Roost Tribe! I have been a member for awhile now and found it to be a very useful and fun membership.  Be sure to try it out!

To learn more about Bonnie be sure to check out her blog Going Home To Roost 

To learn more about her course on creative live, be sure to check out Designing Surface Patterns From Scratch