2018 - a year in review

 

2018 started with a vision of having colleagues & ended with a promise of the same. I spent the year growing and cultivating both my company & connections in a million ways and becoming a bit wiser about running a pattern design business.

 
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2018 was the year when I:

  • Designed around 40 new patterns & 3 pattern collections

  • Built & published my own pattern bank for my clients

  • Taught 2 new courses on Skillshare

  • Started a newsletter

  • Shared over 40 blogposts, tutorials, articles and creative tips

  • Published my first e-book

  • Founded Swedish Pattern Society

  • Announced my biggest pattern collaboration yet

 
 

This years business highlights:

 
I could finally announce my collaboration with Svanefors Textil - one of Swedens largest wholesalers of home textiles & decor, with their launch of the A/W-18 collection where my design GEMSTONE was included.

I could finally announce my collaboration with Svanefors Textil - one of Swedens largest wholesalers of home textiles & decor, with their launch of the A/W-18 collection where my design GEMSTONE was included.

I was selected as one of Skillshares Top Teachers. It means I’m among the top 1% for student engagement and represent the platform’s most active and engaged teachers.

I was selected as one of Skillshares Top Teachers. It means I’m among the top 1% for student engagement and represent the platform’s most active and engaged teachers.

I won a competition by PayPal as one of their business cases, with a feature on the site  Driva Eget . My reward was a photoshoot when I also got to meet Russian photographer Michail Mordasov.

I won a competition by PayPal as one of their business cases, with a feature on the site Driva Eget. My reward was a photoshoot when I also got to meet Russian photographer Michail Mordasov.

I initiated and founded Swedish Pattern Society - a network of over 140 Swedish pattern designers and a new Instagram account that had over 3000 followers in only 4 months!

I initiated and founded Swedish Pattern Society - a network of over 140 Swedish pattern designers and a new Instagram account that had over 3000 followers in only 4 months!

I launched 2 new courses on Skillshare: one on how to create shade and contrast with markers and one on how to create patterns in the Paisley style.

I launched 2 new courses on Skillshare: one on how to create shade and contrast with markers and one on how to create patterns in the Paisley style.

I collaborated with 4 other Top Teachers on Skillshare - Anna Sokolova, Irina Trzaskos, Marie Noëlle Wurm and Julia Henze - to inspire and help our students and followers to get those creative juices in a Bring Spring Instagram art challenge that inspired had hundreds of participants and inspired to even more art pieces around the world.

I collaborated with 4 other Top Teachers on Skillshare - Anna Sokolova, Irina Trzaskos, Marie Noëlle Wurm and Julia Henze - to inspire and help our students and followers to get those creative juices in a Bring Spring Instagram art challenge that inspired had hundreds of participants and inspired to even more art pieces around the world.

 

New pattern designs

If you’re a company in need of prints for your products I have created a pattern bank with nearly 100 pattern designs to browse.


New illustrations of 2018

Best experiences

Walking into the Svanefors booth a the Formex trade show in August and find my pattern among all the other beauties.

Walking into the Svanefors booth a the Formex trade show in August and find my pattern among all the other beauties.

Celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary with roof top bars, fine dining and lots of laughs and champaigne.

Celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary with roof top bars, fine dining and lots of laughs and champaigne.

Shuffling through the deepest snow I’ve ever experienced, getting stuck with our car while skiing with the family in Sälen.

Shuffling through the deepest snow I’ve ever experienced, getting stuck with our car while skiing with the family in Sälen.

Checking off my bucket list with bareback horse riding on a beach in Öland.

Checking off my bucket list with bareback horse riding on a beach in Öland.

Meeting so many new friends and colleagues through the Swedish Pattern Society.

Meeting so many new friends and colleagues through the Swedish Pattern Society.

Hiking to a waterfall in Vemdalen with friends.

Hiking to a waterfall in Vemdalen with friends.

 

 

Courses published this year

2018 has been my most successful year so far when it comes to teaching. I’ve been blown away by the response and great reviews.

The year started with a bang with the results of the course on how to make Indian Florals that I published just before Christmas. Then I ended it the same way by posting another classic pattern design course on how to create Paisley patterns.

In between I launched my third course about coloring with markes together with a free mini colouring book Shoes!. Which is also available as a full e-book version in my web shop.

I’m so grateful for all my students - nearly 6000 - that have watched my courses and posted 55 (!) projects so far.

 

 
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Digital product premiere

This year I published my first e-book - Shoes! - but definitely not the last…

It includes 15 shoe illustrations with light gray outlines for practicing your marker skills (or any other media). Just download, print and color. Available in my web shop.

 

So, that’s it!

 

2018 was full of trying out & experiencing new things for my business as well as personal life. I was also able to repeat (pun not intended) prior successful concepts and add a few new. I can close the book on this year with lot’s of learnings and new ideas to take with me into 2019.

 

Note: This throwback & review was totally inspired by CatCoq.