Today I have a post about my book shelf bible. I love to collect inspirational books and bits and pieces everywhere I go and love being able to look back on the memories! I always like to keep this particular book in my design studio at all times to be able to quickly flick through and get any technical instruction I sometimes find I need- and I think that is what makes this book so great!
I may have studied design for five years, but I feel like if I had never studied at all I could have taught myself the basics of creating patterns with this book... the rest is just about imagination! So if there are any amateur pattern designers or new students reading this.. this would be my ideal recommendation to find your surface pattern design feet...
'The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric'
This book has fantastic tutorials ranging from creating different repeats on both Photoshop and Illustrator to printing by hand using potato prints and screen printing. I feel like this book is really targeted towards the absolute beginner, and the kind of person who would like to try out pattern design without investing too much money. I love the design of the book with so many beautiful pages full of colour. It guides you through the whole design process from finding and using inspiration, creating prints and methods of printing and finally gives tips about how to approach going professional! It's a great book for potential freelancers to read a little about how it can be done. This is easily my surface pattern design bible!
I hope this has been helpful!
Thanks for reading, Stephanie X