Camp Pikaland: The Sellable Sketch & The Ultimate Guide to Repeats

If you’ve been meaning to learn about patterns – from learning how to make them to applying them to create your first collection – then Michelle Fifis’ classes over at Camp Pikaland is an invaluable guide into the dizzying world of repeats and its many applications.

We’ve done a quick Q+A on the Camp Pikaland website with Michelle so that she can tell us more about the classes!

Your two classes – The Sellable Sketch and The Ultimate Guide to Repeats & Other Textile Design Essentials – can you tell us a little bit more about them? What inspired you to create these classes, and what knowledge would you seek to impart to students?

I am truly inspired by the Pattern Observer’s readers! It is such a talented community; with guidance, I believe many of these “aspiring surface designers” will become successful leaders in the print and pattern world.

The Sellable Sketch is perfect for the designer or illustrator who wants to learn how to develop a sellable surface design collection. At the end of this course students will have a print collection that they can proudly add to their portfolio or sell to a client. I am keeping the class size small so that each student can get personalized attention and feedback on a weekly basis. With videos, a downloadable workbook, and weekly feedback sessions, each collection is guaranteed to be a slam dunk!

The Ultimate Guide to Repeats is an ESSENTIAL course for anyone who wants to focus on the world of textile design. Since my designs print as beautifully on fabric as they do on paper, my clients consistently return season after season to seek my services. In this course I share the steps that I take to insure beautiful results, and explain the ins and outs of the textile printing process.

What do you think are big problems to overcome for those who would like to work in textile/pattern/etc?

The textile/ surface design world is very difficult to break into and it can be very frustrating! There are not many Assistant Designer jobs available, so many designers are forced to train themselves and learn from their mistakes. It has become a passion of mine to help designers find their place in this world and to make it a little less exclusive.

Is there a pre-requisite for those who would like to join in?

Both of my courses are based in Illustrator and Photoshop, so having these programs will make the classes more beneficial. The Sellable Sketch will be time consuming and the more involved and engaged students are, the more they will learn!

Is there anything in particular you’d like to highlight about these two class?

I am thrilled to share my knowledge with those who are truly passionate about the industry and I cannot wait to see these “aspiring designers” turn into Surface Design Rockstars!

{Thanks Michelle!}

About the author

Amy Ng

Hello, my name is Amy Ng (pronounced hng (silent h), and I’m the editor and founder of Pikaland. I’ve been in the publishing and PR industry for a total of 7 years – my first love is illustration, with design trailing a close second. I love…more info


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