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Surface Pattern Designer Catherine Worsley

Catherine Worsley graduated originally from Northampton Uni (Graphic Design in 1994), she has since changed her career through the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Course run by Make it in design.

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‘My background is in Graphic Design & Illustration after graduating from Northampton University in 1994, however after taking the life-changing ‘Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design’ course run by the lovely Make it in Design team last year my inner pattern designer was unleashed! From day one I realised this was the direction I wanted to go in and I now spend most of my spare time doodling and thinking of ideas. Pattern design is the perfect outlet for me as I’ve always loved doodling but before I knew this was a thing they never made it out of my sketchbooks, now this is where most of my designs begin, luckily this kind of thing is encouraged on the course so I actually feel like I’m being productive whilst doing what I would be doing anyway!’

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‘My initial designs still had a graphic design feel to them and it took a while to shake that off and get away from the computer. Now I’ll normally start by going out and taking inspiration from my surroundings, I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by hills and rabbits so that bit is easy! I also love big cities and living near Leeds I find inspiration there too in the old buildings, colours & lights. I enjoy urban sketching too and some of my pattern ideas come from these drawings. My design influences are Scandinavian and Japanese designs, as well as vintage children’s picture books.’

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‘I’m very chuffed to say I’ve recently signed my first licensing deal with Shibumi Home which is due to launch in early 2015! I’m also working on some children’s book illustrations as well as continuously creating new pattern designs, I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities of what could happen next and spend far too much time fantasising about loitering near something I’ve designed in Paperchase/Ikea/Anthropologie.’

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