I’m a creative person and I dream of one day having licensed artwork out in the world – things like fabric, stationery, household items and more. I’m still working on “finding my style” as they say but also believe “if you don’t try you won’t know”. For a long time I struggled to share my work and it became a terrible cycle of making something, comparing myself to others and stopping for a while. Perfectionism and comparison does not work for anyone, which is why I am sharing now.
Around 2012 I was looking for a way to get my then-business online (I baked and decorated cakes, cupcakes and biscuits at the time) and I discovered so many online tutorials and advice – it was a whole new world for me. It’s here where I learned about WordPress and after much research decided on using the Divi theme from Elegant themes. Back then it was just a wireframe builder, but it was amazing to learn. I started learning HTML and CSS as well and went down a rabbit hole. Wanting to make my own logo I started learning Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and took an online Graphic Design course. It was somewhere during this journey that I heard about something called Surface Pattern Design and realised that I could create patterns and illustrations digitally. I started learning all I can about how to make patterns, different formats, resolutions, and much more and people started asking me to help them with their websites and branding and I even got to do illustration work for a medical company and make a pattern as part of a branding package.
I did realise through this that I don’t like working the same way everyone else does, but that I want people to be able to learn to do it themselves. I think it’s so much easier to pay someone to do something for you when you know what it is you are asking them to do, but it’s also freeing to be able to do it yourself.
Now I’m here (that’s a long story very short), trying to combine all the things I love to do to help other people and also make a living to support my family.
Thank you for reading so far, I really appreciate you being here and hope you’ll stay a while.