Who’s in the mood for some inspiration today?

As you may know, I’m all about inspiring people to go for their creative dreams and never give up.

In my e-course, Pattern Camp, people learn how to create their own beautiful patterns. But really, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What many people don’t know about the course is that it’s not only a place where I teach these design skills, but it’s actually a magical place where I get to exercise this love of mine for lifting people up, showing them the possibilities that exist, that they’re capable of so much more than they may have realized, for creating a community of folks that cheer each other on. We have a thriving private Facebook group. Campers have become online friends, real-life friends, important sounding boards, and co-dreamers. It’s pretty incredible.

Lately I’ve been interviewing Campers, because I just love hearing their stories and all that they’ve gotten out of being part of the course. I thought I’d share a couple with you today, in case you’re looking for some inspiration!

First up is an interview with Marian Nixon:

{If you can’t see the video, click here to watch}

Marian joined me for the first-ever session of Pattern Camp back in 2014. She’d been a surface pattern designer before, but never digitally. She started from scratch with Illustrator and Photoshop and now she’s unstoppable. We chatted about SO much in this interview! Jumping in when you feel like you’re “too old” or “not experienced enough”, exhibiting at Surtex (she just got back from the show a couple weeks ago), how important that Pattern Camp community is, and so so much more. Give it a listen! (ps – there are 2 cute pugs at the end, in case you’re into that kind of thing.) ;)

Second up is an interview with Taylor Shannon:

{If you can’t see the video, click here to watch}

Taylor joined me for the first-ever live + in-person session of Pattern Camp last April 2015. She was working in advertising (not the creative side of advertising), had just moved to Portland, and was itching to expand her pattern design skills.

The short story: she’s no longer working in advertising and has jumped into being a freelance surface designer. Yes! Possibility, ahoy.


There are lots more interviews on the Pattern Camp blog if you need some more inspiration.

The Pattern Campers vary widely in age and skill level, and it’s so inspiring! The course has attracted brand new beginners, folks who are already proficient with Illustrator and Photoshop, children taking Pattern Camp with a parent, people in their 70s, and everything in between. (Is the course for you? I think YES. Find out here!)


If this sounds like something you’d like to do, if you’re looking for a supportive creative community and lots of direction and personal attention from a course instructor (me!), I invite you to join us for the upcoming session of Pattern Camp, July 16-17, 2016.

Registration opens June 14!


If you hop on the Pattern Camp email list, you’ll get an email with a time-sensitive earlybird discount code that you can use when you register.

Full course details are at

I hope you’ll join us if your creative soul is whispering (shouting) yes yes YES!