Final briefs for MIID Summer School

Well it was a couple of weeks ago now but I hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend! I had a great time in Torquay, with the sun even making an appearance for us. Great company, laughs a plenty, ice creams and walks along the sea front with Bertie, bowling and even a jug or two of Pimms – the perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday!

Bertie enjoying the view in Torquay!
Bertie enjoying the view in Torquay!

August also saw a very special birthday arrive for my wonderful Mum and we celebrated in style with a cheeky glass or two of Prosecco – well it would’ve been rude not to! Huge thanks to my mum for all her help and continued support over the years, I’d be so lost without her!

Happy birthday to my lovely mum! x
Happy birthday to my lovely mum! x

September has now arrived, which most likely means the end of our lovely summer here in the UK (unless we’re very lucky!) and it also means the end of the fabulous Make It In Design Summer School. It’s been a jam packed six weeks, working on some personal projects and developing some new print designs (I hope to share these with you soon!), as well as taking part in the fabulous MIID Summer School. As I signed up for two of the three tracks, I’ve worked on six challenging design briefs that have really pushed me, and the final brief was no exception! With two themes of feathers and intricate chaos, it took me a little while to gather ideas on how to tackle this. I spent a while researching different types of feathers and then as usual, I set to work with my trusty pen, doodling away, creating different feather shapes and details to build up a pattern.

My original feather doodles...
My original feather doodles…

Once I’d scanned in my drawings and started to play around in illustrator, it soon became apparent to me that my doodles seemed to cross over into both themes. So I worked up two very different designs but using the same elements and I was pleasantly surprised with the end results. I love to create product mock ups of my designs as it helps me to visualise possible end uses, and this time, it was also good to visualise these designs as wallpapers, something I’ve never really considered before.  Thanks to the mock up images from the Make It In Design team!

This is my feathers pattern mocked up as wallpaper using an image from Make It In Design.
My falling feathers pattern mocked up as wallpaper using an image from Make It In Design.
My intricate chaos design mocked up as wallpaper using another Make It In Design image.
My intricate chaos design mocked up as wallpaper using another Make It In Design image.
As usual, II got carried away with product mock ups but thought these designs could make nice bedding sets!
As usual, I got carried away with product mock ups but thought that these designs could make nice bedding sets too!

You can see the full galleries for the third and final design briefs here. I’m sad to see the school come to an end and just wanted to say a big “thank you” to all of the team at Make It In Design for creating such an innovative, inspiring and challenging Summer School. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s helped me explore new themes and trends that I would normally have avoided. So thanks for the challenge and for making me push myself!

Thank you very much to the MIID team!
Thank you very much to the MIID team!

I’m already looking forward to starting Module 2 of the original course and can’t wait to see where it takes me! Everything I’ve done since signing up for the whole course back in April has really helped to build my confidence, has made me smile more and feel happier about what I’m doing and where I want to go with my business. So today’s “Feel Good Friday” print comes from me and my little studio in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside…

Try starting every day with a smile 🙂

Have a fab weekend everyone, and remember…smile.