Design Challenges Starting Monday, July 3rd

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I have been really stuck lately on getting my work flow going and getting inspired, both with my design work and blog, so I decided to set myself a design challenge every day for 365 days. The challenge is to just draw or paint at least one motif every day. I then thought why not challenge myself to design one repeat pattern each week as well for a year. This is obviously great inspiration for my surface pattern design work, so I thought why not set myself a weekly fashion design challenge too where I will design one garment a week, and sew one garment a month. I thought it would be even greater if I could get people to join me and also inspire you. So, whether you’re a surface pattern designer, fashion designer, student, sewer, or just enjoy being creative, here is definitely a challenge for you to join! This is how it is going to work:

Every Day –  Painted or sketched motif/s #cottonandlove365daychallenge

Mondays – A garment design sketch #cottonandlovegarmentchallenge

Fridays – A repeat pattern #cottonandlovepatternchallenge

Every 1st Day of the Month – A finished sewing project #cottonandlovesewingchallenge

Be sure to post your work on Instagram using the relative hashtag above.

You can use any source of inspiration and create anything you like. The idea is just to motivate and encourage each other and to get in a regular routine of practicing your craft. There are absolutely no rules! You can even decide to just follow along for a week or a month, whatever suits you. You can join in anytime, so don’t be discouraged if you missed the starting dates.

If you want to follow along with me on the daily challenge, I am going to start off by taking design challenge classes on Creativebug, starting with Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Pattern Motifs with Courtney Cerruti.

I really hope you will be joining me and please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.

Happy Creating!

Mari-Leen xxx




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