In my creative work as owner and designer at Skinny laMinx, I make patterns all the time.
Some patterns – like my needlepoint tapestries – take a very long time to complete. Others, I make very quickly, using my hand-carved erasers and lino blocks to stamp multiple patterns using a single motif.
This year (which I’m calling the Year of the Studio), I’ve been successfully combining the slow creation with the quick:
On the slow side, I’ve been spending evenings and weekends stitching at a needlepoint tapestry design that I call Scandi Candy.
Then, in my studio, I’ve been hand-carving the needlepoint motifs into erasers, as I explore each motif’s pattern possibilities through stamping.
I’d love you to join this exploration with me In July, when I’ll be teaching an online course with British textile magazine Selvedge.
In the course, I’ll use my Scandi Candy design to talk about my design process and studio discipline, and I’ll also teach the following:
- How to carve your own stamps, using linocarving tools and erasers
- The principles of pattern generation
- How you can use a single motif to generate endless patterns.
By the end of this two-part course, you will feel confident to do your own pattern exploration, using accessible and affordable tools.
Read all about it here, then join me on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July at Selvedge Magazine.