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Meet: Elena Wilken

On this page you'll find stories from over 120 students from all over the world and from every life stage who have crafted a career they love.

Meet: Elena Wilken

Elena's story is incredibly inspiring. She has a family of five and they are now all supported by one income: hers!

Before this dream came true, she had been working as a graphic designer but felt that she had hit a creative plateau.

After feeling like this for years, she signed up for the Immersion Course, and after taking it she became inspired to dive into refreshing her entire brand.

She had her first surface pattern design printed larger than life on a trade show booth, in NYC, at a trade show for professional photographers.

“This past year has been my first to break through the six figure mark. Thanks to Bonnie, it feels like it’s just the beginning! She keeps alive and re-ignites my love for creating, and her words have inspired and helped me push through imaginary or very real boundaries, failures and fears, time and time again.

Bonnie's words about working from a place of abundance rather than fear has come to mind many times.

Bonnie’s course has equipped me and given me the belief that I can, and that there is room for an Elena Wilken collection of fabrics out there on store shelves, and on sewists' tables. I am thankful beyond words, thankful for all the research time it saves, and for a teacher that shares her knowledge and the tools for us to succeed so freely. It has been such a game changer for me.”


 

Meet: Nancy Noreth

There are a few experiences in my career as an illustrator and surface pattern designer that I can consider life changing. One of those experiences is coming across Bonnie Christine.

As an artist I have come across many workshops and courses but not all have been as valuable as Bonnie's. The knowledge and skills that she shares is far from being generic. Not only does she share her experiences, she teaches the necessary tools you need to to grow and blossom in your career.

This past year I have seen my business sprout and grown into a brand that reflects my style and what I'm passionate about. New opportunities have opened up for my business, and I feel confident enough to pursue them all because of Bonnie and the beautiful community she has built. She has been an important mentor in my career, and a beautiful kindred spirit!

Meet: Gennifer March Schimenti - G. March Design

When I think of the Immersion Course, I think of the word transformation. After taking the course, I went from dreaming to doing!  With Bonnie’s help, my business G. March Design has become a reality.

My journey began quite a few years before this, at Syracuse University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Surface Pattern Design. On paper I had all of the training necessary to pursue a career in the field, however by the time I was ready and able to enter the world of design, I had put my career on hold to raise my five children. The skills I had obtained in college weren’t the same ones required to successfully begin my surface pattern design career.

Finding Bonnie’s class was truly the catalyst that moved me from dreamer to designer. My proficiency increased at an amazing rate! With all the information out there, committing to one course can be daunting. However, the encouragement, motivation, direction, and most of all community that Immersion provides is truly priceless. We never stop learning, and here is a forum that will continue long after the course ends to provide inspiring insight, advice, and direction to those in the surface pattern design industry.

This past May, I exhibited over 100 designs at Blueprint in New York City, an opportunity I wouldn’t have even dreamed of achieving prior to the class. This year I hope to teach a Skillshare course and find the right company to license my work. Bonnie took me from dreaming to doing, and I cherish the foundation that this course has given my business.

Meet: Tessie Snow

After being a stay at home mom for 16 years I was searching for a creative business of my own. I wanted one that would enable me to be home with my family, create a solid income and also express my creativity.

When I discovered Bonnie’s courses, I honestly felt like my mind was going to explode. My heart yearned for a career in Surface Pattern Design and Bonnie created a clear path for me to get there. Bonnie’s encouraging and comprehensive style of teaching made the intimidating technical side of SPD seem easy.

Because of her, my dreams have come true and my first fabric line will be launching this spring! I will forever be grateful for Bonnie and her willingness to share her gifts with the world.

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Meet: Meghann Rader

After earning her BFA of Art and Design in Vancouver, Meghann’s interest in illustration was discouraged.

Because the school was very conceptual, she left feeling confused as to how she could earn a living as an artist.

For several years she worked at a local art supply store, and even tried woodworking, but nothing felt quite right. Her biggest challenge to move forward was fear; fear of failure, of being laughed at, of not being capable.

“Following Bonnie’s blog was such an inspiration.” It was through the blog that she learned about one of Bonnie’s classes on surface pattern design.

Not only did she discover what surface design pattern is, but taking the course left her energized and more inspired to create than ever!

Meghann’s first big commission was creating a full line of Christmas cards, tags and gift wrap. Since then she has signed with a lovely agent, and she is currently working on her first children’s book.

Putting yourself out there is a scary thing and I think I let that hold me back for a long time, but within a month of taking Bonnie’s class I had learned Adobe Illustrator, created my first fabric collection and won Bonnie’s Surface Pattern Design Challenge! But most important of all I had confidence in myself and my abilities.”

“It sounds silly now but I had never really considered the fact that creating artwork for things like fabric, cards and gift wrap was actually a thing people did for a living.”

Meghann put in a lot of hard work and late nights and eventually she started getting noticed. Now creating artwork for different surfaces is something SHE does for a living.

 What did the Immersion Course mean to you?

Answers from Alumni:

Juliet van der Heijden I have gained a huge amount of confidence in my artistic abilities and was recently heard to describe myself as an artist!

Leanne Longwill It has flattened out the learning curve for me. This course was, by far, the most complete, informative one that I've had!

Louise Moore It has given me the tools and information to embark on a more creative life. It has been a huge help and the online community are a great support.

Vicki Golden The ability to step forward into a new approach to my design career and not feel scared but know the truth of the business side. To know I can try this path.

Lynn Priestly It gave me hope and the desire to make a living creating from my heart.

Kasey Lewis It’s opened my eyes to endless possibilities.

Kathrin Woo I feel that having taken the Immersion Course is one of the best decisions I have ever made throughout my entire life!

Meet: Skye McNeill

After a very winding creative path that included degrees in fine art and graphic design, random jobs across many fields from museums to games to boats to apparel, a lot of crafting and way too much self doubt, I finally took the leap into starting a studio business. Having always loved fabric and repeatedly returning in my mind to the idea of being a textile designer, I dove into learning everything I could about surface pattern design. There weren't a lot of clear resources, particularly on licensing, until I discovered Bonnie through Skillshare.

After taking the Immersion Course, I created a collection that I felt finally touched on my core signature style. I used this collection to redesign my website and create a suite of marketable goods that I've sold since then. I started getting custom design commissions and bookings to teach printmaking workshops, which led to being featured in the Print/Maker book from Uppercase.

I participated in my first trade show and recently spoke on a panel discussion on Textiles in the Marketplace for Portland's Design Week. I often feel pulled in so many directions with my work. I’ve struggled a lot with creative overwhelm in recent years and time and time again I come back to Bonnie's teachings and grounding advice to keep me moving forward. Beyond just technical skill building, she has helped me totally restructure how I think about my business and my time. The level of support and focus I feel after each class or interaction with her has truly been what keeps me out of those self-doubt trenches and working in concrete ways towards my dreams.

Meet: Isa Down | Poppy & Gray Co.

Prior to creating and registering her business, Isa lacked direction. She knew that drawing made her happy, and she had big dreams of being able to turn something that made her happy into a business.

As time went on her biggest challenge was believing that she was capable, believing that there was room for her work as a floral artist, and that she could find the confidence to get from A to Z.

She knew that she wanted to do more and that her drawings were good, but she could not see how to make herself visible in a sea of floral artists and surface designers.

In a leap of faith she looked into a few pattern design classes, but to her, the content was uninspiring. Then, she found the Immersion Course and everything clicked.

“Besides the immense amount of content that Bonnie offers, it was watching the other designers really blossoming with their skills in the Facebook group and seeing the community that Bonnie supported what drew me in; Bonnie’s willingness to lay it all on the table, because she does believe that there is room for everyone.”

Shortly after taking the course, Isa had her first licensing client, she now has commissioned works in constant rotation, and has begun teaching art and creativity classes online.

Taking the time to learn her surface design skills has opened her world in ways she had never imagined. She is working on a book (or two), and she does this all as a single mom and graduate student!

As she shared with us: “It became about understanding that my style is my biggest asset because no one else has it, and that means that there is, indeed, room for all of us somewhere if we are to be willing to put in the work time after time.”

Adding: “It takes being brave to invest in yourself, to push yourself a little bit closer to your goals. This course offers so much, and while its focus is surface design, the support, camaraderie, and content is just truly a gift to any creative wanting to make their mark in this world.”

Meet: Diane Rooney

“There’s room for you!”  This is the truth that Bonnie Christine teaches in her Surface Pattern Design course.

However, it is the tip of the iceberg of what she authentically shares.  Beyond sharing her vast knowledge and experience, Bonnie teaches that it is possible to have your own voice and create a unique brand.  To start and truly flourish in a creative career. 

It is exactly what it’s done for me.  From getting those first precious fabric strike offs of my first collection, Merryn, to collaborating with a baby clothing brand through to teaching my own workshops at my local fabric store and speaking to local sewing groups.  Drawing on the knowledge and all that Bonnie shares, continues to inspire me on to even bigger goals and dreams I have for my creative business. Dreams I never even thought of before I started this journey!

Meet: Mable Tan

Before moving to Australia, Mable worked as a writer for a magazine.
After she became a mum, things shifted a bit. She was lucky to take a few months off to take care of her baby, but her Etsy shop suffered greatly and it never recovered.

Feeling very frustrated, Mable had to start from zero. For two years she found it hard to make a living, but she was determined to share the financial responsibilities at home.

One day she received an email from the company that had once licensed a design from her, asking if she had any collections and putting emphasis on their sale-ability. Mable had no idea how to come up with one, but what she did know was that in order to thrive as an artist, she had to educate herself.

Once she joined the Immersion course, her eyes opened to all the possibilities of a surface pattern designer.

“I learned so much from Bonnie, not just the technical aspect, but the mental aspect as well. I became more resilient, disciplined and focused. I appreciated Bonnie’s beautiful work and it inspired me to work hard. Suddenly I knew this is what I was meant to do.

Coming up with a strong collection takes time, practice and experience, but Bonnie made it easy for me with her meticulous and concise lessons. I have taken other courses before (not on surface pattern design), but they never inspired me the way Bonnie did.”

Since taking the Immersion Course, Mable has developed a collection of shoes on Bucketfeet, she signed up with an agent to represent her at Surtex, and keeps working hard to grow a sustainable income through licensing her designs.

2020 Update: I’m immensely grateful for 2019 and ALL the opportunities that came my way. I released three fabric collections with Hawthorne Supply Co., and then in September, I collaborated with PBS fabric and produced a fabric collection of 13 designs! I also worked with Monster Threads in Australia to produce a line of gift and apparel for their summer collection. It’s been a very blessed and busy year for me.

There is a note above Mable’s desk that reads:

“There are two types of people in the world; those who simply talk and dream of success and the ones who go out there, chase their dreams and get things done.”

She adds: “you’ve got to do the hard work; you’ll thank yourself a year from now. I know I am.”

Josie Adams

I found Bonnie's classes during a major time of change in my life and have not looked back. Surface pattern design brings me such a sense of fulfillment and creative joy. Last year I decided I wanted to take my dream more seriously and started putting in the time and effort necessary to grow my business. I decided to invest in the Immersion Course with Bonnie, and before the course was even over, I signed my first fabric licensing deal!

Bonnie has been with me every step of the way - from my first days watching her Skillshare courses, to signing up for the Flourish membership, to diving into the Immersion Course. She is so supportive, and without her guidance, I'm not certain I would be where I am today in my business. I am so excited to be making money doing what I love, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me!

Deborah Payne

My surface design story started with a rekindling of my love for illustration when I began using the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. Before long I created a large library of vector illustrations. About the same time I discovered Bonnie and literally could not wait to start designing repeat patterns using my illustrations. Today I'm preparing to exhibit my portfolio of over 100 patterns at Blue Print in New York City this May. I never dreamed I could accomplish so much in a short time. If not for Bonnie’s advice and encouragement I would never be this far along in my journey!

Bärbel Dressler

When I found Bonnie, I had no prior experience, no design education or existing clients - and more or less NO CLUE. All I had was my drawing skills and a dream to see my patterns on real products. Finding her courses was an important turning point for me. She gave me the knowledge and the tools I needed to turn that dream and my skills into something real, step by step. Not to forget the shortcuts she shares - information I would otherwise have spent years to find on my own. I’ve now sold & licensed a number of designs for home textiles, apparel and shoes.

Leah Farquharson

Bonnie has been an invaluable part of my journey as an artist. Not only has she given me the technical tools needed for success, but she's also helped me along a journey in rediscovering grace and self love. As a result, I'm finally, slowly, transitioning my handmade business to art and licensing this year. I'm building daily habits to defeat overwhelm and establish a consistent art practice. This year is about practicing and getting to know who I am as an artist so that I can build a foundation to establish a lifelong career - something that can't be rushed, but is instead built at a steady, strong, consistent pace. 

Meet: Lauren Brewer

The Immersion Course took something that seemed so daunting and out of reach and gave me not just the basic skills needed to create patterns, but the information I needed to build a brand and a career in surface pattern design.

Bonnie gives you a first hand look at her entire process from brainstorming a collection to actually seeing the pattern collection come to fruition. I am designing fabric for Riley Blake Designs. My very first collection, Strawberry Jam, will be in stores April 2020. I designed Strawberry Jam during the Immersion course and soon I will be able to hold the fabric in my hands. The things you learn in the course and the community you find with other like minded creatives is invaluable.

Meet: Bonnie Fitts

Seriously...SO MUCH CHANGED after this course.  One accomplishment has been that I can use Illustrator now with EASE and let me tell you...if I can start at 54 years old going from "I don't know what I'm doing with Illustrator" then ANYONE can do this. 

If someone is on the fence with taking Immersion, I'd tell them that:

  1. You probably won't find a teacher/mentor more sweet, trustworthy, & authentic than Bonnie Christine.
  2. If money is an issue, she graciously offers a payment plan. 
  3. It's okay to explore a new avenue for a career no matter what age you are. 
  4. The people in the community will be supportive like you've probably never experienced. 
  5. It's okay to invest in yourself & take a course that might be more immersive & more expensive than you'd typically purchase. You'd probably spend it on your children for something they'd like, so consider investing in yourself with something YOU'D enjoy.
  6. If you're really serious about surface pattern design & want quality...this is the course. 

My horizon is bright!

Meet: Jessica Shaw

My lifestyle brand focuses on women's handbags and accessories, Bonnie's class gave me valuable tools to create beautiful illustrations that support the brand through things like website graphics, newsletters, promotional materials, as well as apparel and notebooks. Bonnie's Immersion course is unlike any other class I've taken.

There is a completeness to her instruction that is unmatched. She gives you not just the tools, but she also helps you envision the road map of your journey. Then she guides and supports you as a friend and mentor. She explains things in a way that makes sense, prevents overwhelm, and allows your creativity to flourish. I'll admit it felt scary to make this level of commitment to a course. It was the most expensive one I had taken at the time, and I couldn't know then the full range of growth it would prompt. I just knew that in order to fully express myself and communicate my brand to the world, I needed to learn Adobe Illustrator. I can't imagine tackling the technical side of Illustrator without Bonnie's beautiful videos. Choosing the Immersion course is one of the best decisions of my creative career. Thank you, Bonnie, for pouring your heart into teaching and creating the loveliest community!

Amanda Castor

Pencil to paper felt foreign to me, but Bonnie’s classes gave me the confidence and ability to turn my drawings into repeating patterns.  I used these lessons from Bonnie to create my first fabric collection. I’m happy to say that Riley Blake Designs loved that first collection and I am now one of their newest fabric designers!  My debut collection “Fairy Edith” will be hitting stores in May. If you have a WILD dream to become a fabric/surface designer, I highly recommend Bonnie’s classes. If it weren’t for her knowledge and encouragement, I wouldn’t be living my dream today.

Penny Doughtery

I don't remember a time when I wasn't drawing, painting or designing something. Art has always been my passion; however, it lacked direction. I achieved an Art Degree as a mature student, but still had no real idea how to put my art into practice. Then, about three years ago, I came across Bonnie Christine and everything changed. Just like she said, I couldn't wait to get out of bed! My dream and direction were within reach. I've done at least one thing every day since and I've worked very hard. Now, I have a Brand, website and am growing my small email list. Ditch Lily Studio was created with my passion and artistic expression. It is my life and business. And I love it! I'm just beginning, but I'm doing it! I tell people that Bonnie is my mentor. She helped me find direction. I am on a journey in what I love to do and looking forward to my future. Thank you, Bonnie.

Isa Down

A little over a year and a half ago, I sat down and drew a peony.  It was the first flower that I had really drawn intentionally, and though it will not win any awards for talent or beauty any time soon, it brought such joy that I kept on drawing.  Fast forward to one year ago, when I knew that I wanted to make a creative life something that was both lucrative and enjoyable – but I lacked any know-how or confidence in my ability to do this.  Bonnie’s class taught me how to think like an artist, and how to believe in my own work. I registered my business, Poppy and Gray Co., in the summer of 2018. Since then, I have gone on to license my work, fill my commission calendar, teach art and creativity classes, and have started my business as a Creativity Coach.

Meet: Sophia van Hees

A few years ago my world turned upside down when I realised that my academic career, over ten years in the making, had been the wrong choice. Thankfully, through some combination of luck, fate, and divine intervention I stumbled upon Bonnie’s classes, and discovered the name of my dream career – Surface Pattern Design.

Since that magical day I have been patiently uncovering my signature style. In January of 2019 I took the plunge and launched the website for my brand ‘Brave Snail Designs’, which reflects my determination to help make the world a more gentle and whimsical place.

The Immersion Course not only gave me all the knowledge and skills I needed to pursue my dream, it also connected me with a beautiful community of like-minded creatives. Being part of this community has been integral in building my confidence so that I can tell the world “I am an Artist!”

Kira Gendner

Long story short, I was absorbing all the information Bonnie shared like a sponge and decided to take part in her Immersion course.

One thing is sure: it’s the best business decision I could have made.

Bonnie is not only a fantastic artist, but also simply amazing at teaching her students all she knows about design and the business behind it (which is, btw, a ton!). No matter where you’re at with your design and business skills, she miraculously is able to pick you up. The weekly sets of tutorials build up on one another, are clear, comprehensible and most importantly inspiring.

I’ve taken many online courses, but none has kept me as motivated as Bonnie’s did! Also, the community of fellow students were worth a mint. The Immersion course blew me away! I warmly recommend this to everyone who wants to turn their dream of starting a pattern design business into reality.

Kathleen Lambert

It has only been a year since I even heard of surface pattern design and I have created so many beautiful things that I'm proud of. I've made gifts for family members that they absolutely love. I've sold my art and products with my art on it at local art shows. And I started my own business. I'm setting up teaching opportunities locally and working on my own online course. I have so many goals and opportunities open to me that didn't exist a year ago, which are all neatly arranged and written down in ink in the gorgeous planner Bonnie created. I'm hardly the same person. I'm amazed at all that I've done in just one year since learning about surface pattern design. Everyday I sit down in my home office and I have serious work to do. This time, it's on my terms and I love every minute of it.

Ryann Scrafford + Charlie Rowan Designs

As a 100% self taught designer I always had major imposter syndrome until I found Bonnie and this course! It didn’t matter that boutiques all over the country were selling my products I was incredibly insecure. The Immersion Course LITERALLY changed my life in regards to my business.

My confidence, skill set, designs, and business goals were all up leveled immensely! My business and belief in myself has grown leaps and bounds from the knowledge I learned in Immersion - I even licensed my first fabric collection and taught my first Skillshare class directly following this course!! In hindsight the vision I had for my business before Immersion was so limited, now my entire roadmap has shifted and I feel like the possibilities are endless! I don’t care if it sounds cheesy or sells pitchy - don’t think about it for another second - take the course it’s worth every penny and more!

Meet: Suzy Taylor

After a beautiful career as a papercutting artist, Suzy discovered the world of working digitally.

“The challenge was, at aged 45, to learn something completely new and totally out of my comfort zone. But I was determined to do it.

Bonnie made Illustrator so accessible, breaking it down into all its components. I realised that the 10 years I had spent finding my signature papercutting style, translated easily into working digitally. The most enjoyable part was to be able to work in colour. I had been working in black and white for ten years so I felt a bit like Dorothy landing in Oz!

Since learning Illustrator I have been able to license my designs for fabric, greetings cards, wrapping paper, colouring books and tapestry and cross-stitch kits. My greatest achievement and honour to date was being asked by Harper Collins NY to illustrate the covers for an anniversary box-set of the Little House on the Prairie books. None of these things would have been possible for me if I hadn’t taken the plunge to learn a new skill.

I think the most valuable thing I’ve learned is that you’re never too old to learn something new if you put your mind to it. It’s given me a huge amount of confidence. If you’re on the fence about taking the Immersion Course, just put the fear to one side and dive in. You will learn a huge amount. Take notes. The community is so supportive and helpful. No one judges you except you.”

Meet: Sarah Maxwell

After being a quilt pattern designer for nearly 20 years, Sarah decided to explore fabric design and quickly realized she needed to learn Adobe Illustrator to progress. She tired of sorting through mountains of information online. Frustrated with all the trial and error, she stumbled across Bonnie’s course.

Bonnie’s clear, logical approach to using all the features in Illustrator allows you to master a skill, then move on to the next concept. The tools are a game changer in terms of creating more complex designs and easy to understand with Bonnie’s instruction.”

“Simply put, this course is an investment in your future.  The level and depth of instruction is comparable to any college-level course on graphic design. But rather than a single round of instruction, you can watch the videos again and again until you master the skill and you can go back to them if you need a refresher. If you have dreamed a of a career in a creative field, this course is essential.”

Sarah is now a fabric designer and author with two books coming out over the next year and three fabric collections in the works. You can find her routinely traveling to guilds and shops to teach and share her work.

Meet my momma, Maxie:

At the age of 62, I decided to sell my fabric shop and completely reinvent my business online. 

I started an online membership for quilters and learned how to design the pages of my own sewing patterns, flyers, business cards and website graphics. 

I can't believe that I learned how to use Illustrator! I learned how to draw, illustrate and write my own patterns and am so happy to present them to my members! It has truly paid off in a very rewarding way.⁣

It makes me fairly emotional to think about what I’ve been able to accomplish at my age and share with people all over the world. Having the Immersion course is invaluable and allows me to provide my members with professional materials each week! I'm so grateful for all I've learned from Bonnie; I know I wouldn't be in this wonderful place without her willingness to share and make sure her students succeed. ⁣I want to encourage everyone, at any stage in life, with any reason for wishing to master design to just jump in; you won’t regret it!"

Meet: Susan Claire | Gourmet Quilter

"Immediately following registration of the Immersion Course, it was apparent that I had made the right decision, with a friendly welcome and loads of information. Just learning how to navigate Illustrator was enough, but there is so much more offered that would have taken me forever, if ever, to work out by myself. It simply took away the frustration I was feeling trying to work it all out.

I can't thank Bonnie enough for her generosity in the information and support she offers in this course and would absolutely recommend it to others. Illustrator is a big program to learn and this way was so encouraging.

The course has opened my eyes to so much more than I had envisioned. I have just designed my first line of fabrics that will be released in February 2019 and am thrilled to be in this position."

Meet: Heather Schwarm | Carlie & Co.

When Heather lost the life balance between work and family she quit her job as a CFO of a bank in Hawaii and moved with her family to the South France.

She felt that with a huge geographic change, a huge career change was in order, she wanted to do something she felt passionate about; something she loved.

“My 15-year old daughter and I decided to start a stationery and lifestyle products company featuring our own designs, but we had no idea how to get started.  

I downloaded the 30-day trial of Adobe Illustrator and almost had a panic attack! It was not intuitive at all.”

She felt frustrated, overwhelmed and a little lost, and then she found the Immersion course.

“Bonnie’s style is welcoming and approachable. I never felt that I didn’t belong in the class, even though I had no professional art training or graphic design knowledge. I felt empowered instead of defeated.”

With this new feeling, Heather and her daughter launched her company, Carlie & Co, featuring an introductory line of notebooks and journals with their own designs.

There is a parallel Carlie & Co Foundation which will empower women and girls through funding education. They were inspired by Bonnie’s idea for a “word of the year” as a guide to design a line of products where all the proceeds will be used to fund the foundation.

“Bonnie gave me the courage, belief and skills to pursue a dream and enjoy an inspired life!”

Mable Tan

Before taking Bonnie’s classes, I had no idea what a collection was or what it involved, I hadn’t heard of Surtex and what the opportunities hold to be a surface pattern designer.

Today, I’m sitting here with a COMPLETE portfolio ready for Surtex 2019 and an agent to represent me. I am mind blown at how my life have changed and I am so grateful.

Bonnie, you have opened doors for me that I’d never knew possible. You opened my mind to what I can achieve with my life. Thank you so much for what you do. Thank you for touching my life. Thank you for everything.

Erin McGovern

After taking Immersion I said to myself, Wow, I can actually do this. Before that it had all been a bit of a pipe dream but now I wholeheartedly know that I can achieve anything I set my mind too.

Immersion has not not only given me a strong desire to put my creativity into the world, it's really made me believe in myself a whole lot more and for that I'm so grateful. The community is so lovely and engaging. No question is too silly to ask and everyone is so incredibly supportive and helpful. I cannot recommend Bonnie highly enough. I've gotten so much out of this course and the community.

Jo Richards

I was approaching 40, and had fallen out of love with my career. I had always been passionate about art and design, and stumbled across Bonnie’s class.

I have never looked back. Over the past two years I have consumed with passion Bonnie’s teachings. I’ve built my brand, opened an online shop, and spend my days creating. Two years ago I had hardly touched Adobe Illustrator. Now it is my go to design tool. I have found my path, and am skipping happily along it with the ongoing support and direction of Bonnie.

Nancy Scott

I enrolled in Immersion with no art training, no experience using Illustrator and a preconceived notion that I couldn’t draw. I’ve learned more in a year than a lifetime. The way I do business and view myself as an artist has changed completely.

I’ve discovered income options I didn’t know existed. Bonnie & my classmates have given me confidence, support and initiative to add surface pattern design to my income streams.  

Darlene Brink

Prior to my journey in Surface Pattern Design, I was creating watercolor designs on pillows, prints and mugs for my online shops. My goal for the last three years has been to see my artwork on fabric and paper products. I had no idea where to start or what it would entail. Today, I am beyond excited about my journey and it wouldn't have been possible without Bonnie.

After taking Immersion, I could see the end goal becoming a reality. I could see all of the steps necessary to seeing my dream coming true. It felt attainable and realistic. I now know how to use Adobe Illustrator and create beautiful patterns that reflect my whimsical yet vintage floral style. I love the process of sketching from foraged finds and photos from our acreage on the Canadian Prairies. 

If you have had a dream of seeing your artwork on products, I would encourage you to take Immersion. You would truly be getting more than what you ever imagined. 

Lisa Pease

Before taking the Immersion course I was working at a corporate job doing graphic design and art direction but feeling unfulfilled creatively. Taking Bonnie's Immersion course has shown me that I can continue to grow and to focus on all the small steps that will get me help me accomplish my dream. This course has really opened my eyes to all the possibilities for my future. I am learning a new skill as well as learning how to manage my time, hone my artistic talents and bring it all together with the business knowledge needed to achieve my dream. This is the best investment I have ever made in myself! I look forward to continuing to hone my artistic skills and get one step closer to my dream everyday.

Bari Rhys

The Immersion Course is a wonderful resource that does more than just teach a skill or two. It provides a road map for taking the beginnings of an idea all the way through brand development and bringing the end product of that creative spark to the market. I think the biggest thing I took away from the course was an expanded vision of what was possible.

The community of like-minded creatives that this class brings together has inspired me with many ideas and provided an encouraging environment for exploration. I would absolutely recommend the Immersion Course.

Meet: Kim Henrie

After having her first child, Kim found herself working part time as an art teacher at a local elementary school.

“I absolutely LOVED teaching the children to find inspiration all around them, and to be true to who you are as an artist. After 3 years of teaching, I started to listen to my own advice and seek out my dreams. While searching the world wide web on how to become a fabric designer, I came across Bonnie’s classes. I loved them, and would binge watch them all, and then watch them again. She is the best cheerleader, not allowing you to let your fears stop you from your dreams.

Since I started Bonnie’s courses I have become a designer for a small batch fabric company- Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I am amazed every time I see one of my prints sewn into clothing.”

Kim will be launching her very own children’s clothing line this fall, all made with fabric she designed herself.

“I am in awe of the beautiful things I am able to create, and love to see my style and skills continue to develop. If textile design is a dream for you, then Bonnie is your girl. What are you waiting for??! Start reaching for those dreams today.”

Meet: Jackie MacDonald - Sweetfire Road

Before I started my journey as a surface pattern designer, I was a product development manager for a very ambitious consumer goods company. I was over-worked, unhappy, and my health was in rough shape.

I loved the idea of creating my own art, working with color, and seeing my work on products. It resonated with me to my core. What would it feel like to walk into a store and see my work on shelves?

Henri Matisse said that "Creativity takes courage." With my husband's support, I made the biggest leap of faith in my life and I quit my toxic job. This was entirely out of character for me. I was so unbelievably scared.

But, oh.... was it worth it.

Immediately after beginning this course, I felt empowered, inspired and so very excited! Bonnie presents the course in delicious little bites... easy to retain and easy to understand. I absolutely gobbled it up. And today I find myself with a skill set that can be wielded toward so many different forms of income that my options are truly limitless.

This course gave me a much-needed lifeline back to being a more joyful, grateful, happy version of myself. I'm absolutely over the moon to say that I have two new fabric collections on the horizon. Can you believe it?! It really is my dream come true.

The artwork that comes from your hand is as unique as your own fingerprint. And the world needs to see it. If you're on the fence about this course, my advice would be to follow your heart and take the leap... If nothing else, you'll learn fantastic skills and join a community of warm-hearted, encouraging supporters.

 

Meet: Tasha | Labrador Tea

I had quit my 9-5 cubicle job to be at home with my little ones and explore the creative pull I'd felt for years. My first love was photography and after being a photoshop junkie for so long I decided to learn Illustrator and see where it would take me.

That's when I discovered Bonnie and the world of Surface Pattern Design.

Using the skills Bonnie taught me, I started designing patterns, creating paper products and launched my brand Labrador Tea through local markets and events.

My business is almost 5 years old now, I continue to learn from Bonnie and am so excited with where my business has taken me and how it's growing! I would have never guessed I'd be supporting myself doing something I love so much and it's all thanks to Bonnie and this amazing community she's built!

Meet: Caitlin Wallace-Rowland

I took Bonnie’s course when I was trying to build a pattern portfolio to apply to graduate school. Having now gone to both art and design school (and paid tuition!), I can confidently say that I felt more motivated and encouraged by Bonnie’s teaching than I did in any of my years of school! Bonnie’s classes are a joy to watch, make you feel like you can accomplish anything, and are full of technical and practical knowledge (at THOUSANDS less than art or design school!). I’m so thankful that Bonnie was a part of my journey to the work I do now as an artist and textile designer! My first fabric collections are coming out this year and I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am today without having had Bonnie cheering me on!

Meet: Mindy Young

I have always been a creative at heart. And although I had a successful business, I was self taught and just kind of winging it. I wanted to learn more about surface pattern design and wanted to feel confident in my ability to create for others. So, I did what most of us do now days and Googled, " Surface pattern design videos." Up came Bonnie's videos. I LOVED THEM. I loved her style and felt it was similar to mine, so I connected with her instantly.

Even though I was already thriving as a Surface pattern designer and didn't know how much her course could really help me, there was still more for me to learn.

I can say today after taking the Immersion course, I am making all my designs in illustrator and this past year, was contracted to be the head designer for a very prominent baby company that sells their products around the world and in big box stores. This job is LITERALLY the best job in the world.

I am so blessed to be apart of such a great community of makers. My designs are mainly sold on children's products and clothing, and I love knowing I am helping other stay at home mom's achieve their goals and dreams when they use my designs on their products! 

Bonnie's course has given me the confidence I was seeking as an artist trying to be a surface pattern designer. I feel like I can officially call my self a, "Surface Pattern Designer!" Thanks, Bonnie!

Meet: Anne LaFollette

Anne had always been successful in the corporate world, so it was a huge shock when she got laid off after 15 years of working at the same company.

At age 55, she struggled to figure out her next move. She turned to creativity, found Bonnie’s classes and fell in love with her, and through her, with surface design.

Anne has had amazing accomplishments which include selling pattern designs to a swimwear company, getting featured in her local art supply store and being selected by West Elm to sell her products in their store on a feature table in the artists program.

She feels that her biggest accomplishment has been self-confidence! With it and with the technical skills she has acquired, Anne is finding and growing her own audience of women who want to learn surface design.

I’m 60 but feel like my life is just beginning. I love every minute of every day whether I’m teaching or designing or continuing to expand my knowledge. I’m so excited about what the future has in store.”

Meet: Nancy Scott

Nancy always had a “teeny, tiny, sometimes hidden, sometimes squelched yearning to design her own fabric.”

Given that she was already part of the industry with her business, Masterpiece Quilting, one would think it might come easy, right? Well, not for Nancy.

She saw two challenges: one was being a 50-something year old learner with no previous experience in Adobe Illustrator, and the second was that she had never been considered "good" at art.

Nancy grew up with the misconception that people couldn’t be both creative and business minded.

“For a year prior to learning about Bonnie’s class, I looked into taking classes at a local college. I was looking at an hour drive each way at least twice a week for multiple months.

From a financial aspect, the cost of the Immersion Course is considerably less than what I would have invested in university fees, except with her I’m getting exactly what I wanted!

It was also incredibly rewarding to meet other women with such degrees as engineering all say the same thing – that they had sequestered their artistic nature in order to pursue other academic avenues. It was truly a light bulb moment in my life because I knew I wasn’t alone.”

Since dissolving those thoughts from her brain, Nancy has flourished. She discovered that she was not the only one struggling with AI, and that asking for help was ok!

She’s currently developing classes that will support other surface pattern designers who are interested in the quilting industry.

I am seeing the world in a different way. As I source inspiration for my sketches, I see things I didn’t see before. I’ve expanded the number of fabric companies that I work with, and my business workflow has transformed. I’m more focused and defined in what I do. I’m seeing the big picture of how everything is connected between building a list, growing social media presence, marketing my products, building relationships with people, and of course, creating my product.”

Nancy Noreth

Completing my first collection was such an accomplishment. I felt confident enough to pursue my dreams, and to dream even bigger! I couldn't believe that I required the knowledge and skills to accomplish one of my life long goals. 

Bonnie as a person is a sweet and kind hearted human being. She is real, genuine and honestly cares for you as a person and for your business. She truly makes you feel like your part of her big surface design family! <3

Heather Schwarm

The Immersion Course is incredibly comprehensive, providing you with all of the tools necessary to have a successful career in Surface Pattern Design. I had already taken all of Bonnie’s other classes when I signed up for her Immersion Course and wasn’t’ sure if there was that much more she could teach me.  Boy, was I wrong.

I learned more skills, techniques and workflows. I also learned that there was a community of folks out there that we could all learn from, support and encourage each other.

Tessie Snow

When I discovered Bonnie’s courses, I honestly felt like my mind was going to explode. My heart yearned for a career in Surface Pattern Design and Bonnie created a clear path for me to get there. Bonnie’s encouraging and comprehensive style of teaching made the intimidating technical side of SPD seem easy.

Because of her, my dreams have come true and my first fabric line will be launching this spring! I will forever be grateful for Bonnie and her willingness to share her gifts with the world.

Meet: Elizabeth Chappell

"It is refreshing to find Bonnie who is genuinely excited to share her knowledge with others. She feels that our success is a wonderful thing and it doesn't threaten her.  

I want to be a Bonnie in this world.  I want to feel abundance, not scarcity.  There is enough for everyone to succeed, and I want to help others find success.  

I feel encouraged to set bigger goals for myself, dream bigger, and truly believe that I can achieve them.

Being in a community with that kind of thinking if priceless.”

Meet: Loo McNulty

Although Loo had been working as a graphic designer, creating art for logos and posters, she felt trapped and like somehow she was letting herself down.

Her true dream was to become an illustrator.

“I have always wanted to illustrate full-time and to be honest I didn't even realize that surface design was a possibility before taking my first class with Bonnie. Everything changed for me after that.

I have learned many skills, from creating a technical repeat to promoting myself. I'll also be exhibiting at BluePrint in New York in May! The greatest skill I have learned, though, is to believe in myself.

Whenever I feel that blanket of doubt try to cover me up I think of Bonnie and what she has accomplished and I shake it off. I am doing things I NEVER thought I would do. I am here: going for it!

Put away your doubt and fear and take that step forward to open the door to be the creative self you imagine you can be. I would say to trust that this course will get you there.”

Meet: Lizzie Clark

Art making was rewarding but she felt something was missing. She could see that she had surrounded herself by art when she was a museum professional yet a bridge had to be built for her to see herself as a thriving artist.

“Finding the structure and foundation Bonnie offers was the grounding process I needed. I now have a roadmap to making my dream a reality; from making the most of my website, to how to store my files. I truly found a fabulous treasure.

Each day she does one thing toward creating a business she loves; one of which she is proud. She is now looking forward to the launch of her third official fabric collection.

“I was looking for ways to create repeating patterns to use in my paper collage art. The insights and shortcuts that Bonnie shared with me improved my skills and confidence immensely to BE an artist in surface pattern design.

2020 Update: WWBD (What would Bonnie do?) is the question I still ask myself, daily. Her course continues to bring structure and process to my, sometimes, scattered mind. As I prepare for my third trip to Surtex, I believe it's coming together, and it's due, in no small part, to the generosity, thoughtful efforts, and welcoming spirit, of Bonnie.

Krystal Ann Art

By taking the Immersion course I have discovered my workflow and it gave me much more insight with honing in on making collections. Taking this course was a rewarding task and gave me great confidence along with fantastic guidance and inspiration from fellow immersion students, and of course Bonnie herself. Since taking Immersion I discovered my groove and have since gained a lot of creative drive to keep pushing myself forward. It gave me the courage to start my own business and has now landed me my first agent. I now have a fierce confidence to share my work. There is so much to learn in this course and I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to break into the world of surface pattern design. I am looking forward to taking immersion again for 2020! I am forever grateful for my creative dreams all coming true.

Lisa Redhead Red Creative

I decided to take the leap and finally follow my heart. I did each tutorial at my own pace and gradually started to build a body of work I was proud of. The support and encouragement from the group, and from Bonnie, has been incredible and I truly couldn't have done it without them. For anyone considering taking the course, I would, without a doubt encourage you to do so. It has changed my life and given me myself back. I am an artist once more.

To date, I have licensed my first collection and I'm currently working on a second collection for submission to Liberty London.

Jessica Dodd

I am an Art Teacher, Designer & Mum to three little kids. I first came across Bonnie Christine about 2 years ago and from then I was hooked on surface pattern design, you know when you light up inside and can't stop thinking about something!

Being apart of the Immersion Group was also extremely helpful, I never felt alone and could easily post questions about something I was struggling with or fallen behind on. Some weeks I would fall behind but it was easy to catch up and everyone was so encouraging, I never felt like I was all by myself.

Bonnie's course really gave me the confidence to pursue a career in pattern design, to believe in myself and really go after my dreams. One huge achievement is working with a swimwear label amoreandsorvete to design prints exclusively for them!

Krystal Ann Art

Before I started my journey with Surface Pattern Design I was a stay-at-home-mom with an extensive background in Graphic Design who was terrified of trying to get back into the industry after a 19-year absence.

I stumbled across Bonnie Christine's courses and realized that Surface Pattern Design was the perfect combination of my graphic design skills and my woodblock printmaking.

I was loving what I was learning and loved her teaching style! Her course is laid out in the perfect bite-sized chunks. Even as an experienced artist and Illustrator user, I learned so much. Bonnie's never-ending encouragement and patience have her students gaining a level of confidence that many of them never thought they had. Her group is one of the best communities that I have ever been a part of - amazing engagement and support.

I truly don't think these opportunities would have landed in my lap if I hadn't taken Bonnie's course and regained confidence in myself, my art and my skills.

Judy Egan

The Immersion Course was just fabulous! I hadn’t used Illustrator until a week before the course so I was basically learning from scratch via Bonnie’s excellent tuition. All the content about collection creation, work habits, organisation and mindset along with tuition on the technical aspects of Illustrator really does make Bonnie’s immersion course excellent value for the money, especially as you get lifetime access to all the materials and updated content once enrolled.

Most of all, the Immersion course helped me to take myself seriously as an artist. As a direct spinoff from the Immersion course I am now creating art regularly, have created two pattern collections with a third one underway, have set up my website and am delighted to say that some of my first pattern collection will soon be printed by Dandelion Design Collective – and that in itself came about via the very friendly and helpful Immersion Course Group! 

Becks Harrop

Living in a different country and traveling, your eyes are constantly exposed to new things and to have a creative outlet like surface pattern design guarantees you a constant source of creative stimulation and inspiration.

The vision I had before the Immersion course was thinking, wouldn’t it be great to have my own personal creative outlet that I could tap in and out of between client work and over time build something that truly represents me!

Since completing the course I am confident in illustrator and have completed two collections that I am really proud of. The best thing about the surface pattern design industry is being able to seek what you really want out of it.

I have been in the creative industry for years but the immersion course is what has fostered my signature style and for the first time has truly made me believe that I am a designer.

Meet: Shanna Mills

I was left thinking “but how?” How do I pursue this, do I have to go to university and start another degree or is there courses in just this? That’s when I searched and VOILA...there was Bonnie. She had a course. This beautiful lady with great hair named Bonnie Christine has a course!! I asked the universe for this and here it is!! This is what I was looking for. 

I worried about the cost and time. As a single mother of two, I didn’t want to take money or time from the family for a pursuit that I wasn’t sure would be worth the investment of time and money. I was nervous.

I took a leap. I knew the questions and doubt would stop me if I listened to them. I told my self I’d regret letting it slip by.

After being humbled by the course, I learned there is a reason we should put aside ego and learn from others. I learned this path of Surface pattern design IS for me. Education is ALWAYS worth your time and money.  I learned more tools that I wasn’t using in illustrator in my professional career. We really do thrive from being in a tribe.

My biggest accomplishment from the course has been gaining the self confidence that I CAN do this. I am talented enough, I am driven enough.  It’s worth every minute. Every second. Every penny.  Finding this course truly has changed my life.

Meet: Ellie at Le cafe de maman

I always had passion for design and textiles but I would've never imagined that at some point in my life I will be on a journey to becoming a designer. And this point was my son's birth. It was vital for me to figure out some financial income while being a full time mum.

My dream was to be a designer, to work with fabrics, design patterns, create textile art and sew clothes. I've been dreaming about this since I was a girl. When I first came across the Immersion Course my heart literally whispered a little 'thank you for cherishing my dreams' prayer. 

I completed it all and stepped into the 2020 from a completely different place than I was in a year ago.

The Immersion Course gave my path the vital structure and definition. I was admiring beautiful bold prints on velvet chairs and vintage wallpapers in furniture stores and thought to myself if only I could make a print like that for a company somewhere, someday.

And now I can! It is definitely a process and results don't come overnight, but the dream is happening. The Immersion Course gave me the crucial foundation that I can hold onto or build on now.  

I confidently call myself a designer now, what a joy! Thanks to Bonnie’s beautiful work, empowering example and enchanting personality I now plan my creative future with such spark in my heart. Because it can be done, I just needed to learn from the best.

Laura Priestly

After taking Immersion I said to myself, Wow, I can actually do this. Before that it had all been a bit of a pipe dream but now I wholeheartedly know that I can achieve anything I set my mind too.

Immersion has not not only given me a strong desire to put my creativity into the world, it's really made me believe in myself a whole lot more and for that I'm so grateful. The community is so lovely and engaging. No question is too silly to ask and everyone is so incredibly supportive and helpful. I cannot recommend Bonnie highly enough. I've gotten so much out of this course and the community.

Melissa Colsen

After working as a professional artist for 13 years, I decided to branch out from illustration into surface pattern design. I came across Bonnie’s classes and was captivated! She’s an inspiration and I connected instantly with her teaching style and have learned more from her than anyone else. When I was getting started, my biggest challenge was knowing the first steps I needed to take to accomplish my goal of becoming a full-time surface designer. There is no one better at spelling out the details and practical "how-to" secrets than Bonnie. After taking the Immersion course last year, I put the techniques and business tips I learned from Bonnie into practice and I've been developing my own home decor product line that will launch in 2020! I truly believe that if it weren't for this course, I wouldn't have the tools I need to grow as an artist and entrepreneur. For anyone who is on the fence about taking this course...jump in and do it! It's a wise investment in yourself and your career, and you will not be disappointed!

Shirley/Sok Ee - Etilu

I love to doodle and love to see my drawings transformed into patterns. I want to bring positive impact to this world through my pattern designs. Before I joined the Immersion course, I felt overwhelmed because of my lack of knowledge in using Illustrator and I don’t know how to go about building this business. After I enrolled in immersion course, I acquired advanced skills in Illustrator. I started creating pattern collections and even set up my own branding website to showcase my designs. Another precious thing about joining Immersion is that I got to know many like-minded designers from around the world. We support and encourage one another through our groups. 

I strongly recommend this course if you want to dive deep and make something great out of this experience.

As with any course and growth program, your results may vary from these consumer testimonials. Results depend on many factors, such as your level of effort, personality, knowledge, skills .. and so many other variables. Since everyone is different, we do not guarantee your success nor are we responsible for your success or failure. You will have to put in the work to see the results. We believe the Immersion Course will give you all the tools you need to succeed, and you can see that our alumni agree.

"Bonnie does so much more then teach you how to make surface patterns and build a collection. She’ll teach you tools and tricks in illustrator I didn’t even know as a seasoned graphic designer. She’ll give you the confidence to move forward and take the next steps to share your work. The immersion course is packed full of info and well worth the investment!"

Kelly R Kirkland

"I have made my living (for the past thirty plus years) as a surface pattern designer/Creative Director but had never learned AI until I found your course. It has been a life changer for me. I was always completely intimidated by AI but once I took your course I completely fell in love with it! Thank you! "

Amy Weiss
Rosy Road Design Studio

"The Surface Pattern Design Immersion course propelled my learning of surface pattern design. I started out not knowing how to progress my passion to where I feel I can with confidence refer to myself as a surface pattern designer. I achieved this in a period of 2 months, which is amazing! I now have the skills and knowledge to know that with hard work I can make a career out of my passion. Bonnie's course is extremely good value for money and the course content of a very high standard. I highly recommend this course. "

Cindy Simpson

"Bonnie has a relaxed and personable teaching style that is so enjoyable. Her lessons are easy to follow and packed with great information. She clearly has a passion for what she does and for her students in the way she connected with us in the lessons and the live calls through Facebook. This class has helped to spark my enthusiasm and energy in my own work and has given me the tools and knowledge I needed to get on track with my career. I'm so very grateful. Thank you Bonnie! "

Pamela Winn Design

"By far the best online class I have ever taken! It is worth every penny for anyone wanting to learn about surface pattern design. Bonnie's style of teaching, the overall organization of the material and ongoing support make even a beginner like me believe that I can really accomplish my dream. I can't say enough about how great this class is! "

Kris Hackl

"The Immersion course provides a step by step foundation that teaches and guides you. Since doing the Immersion course I am looking forward to the launch of my second licensed greeting card range and I the release of 3 collections of designs which I have licensed for fabrics."

Kirsten Katz

"Joining Immersion was a really hard decision for me (primarily due to the financial commitment). But I am so glad I chose to invest in myself and not give in to all the excuses as to why I wouldn’t be able to make it worth it. The changes in my life have been incredible - I have chosen to embrace a life of abundance and make the time to do the work and I know there is a place for my art out in the world. "

Laura Simpson

"As little girls, my sister and I would sit by our mother and watch her sketch Kate Greenaway illustrations while we drew our own pictures. Little did I know that this cotton sleeping bag would serve as a catalyst for my growing interest in surface pattern design. During Immersion, I gained an intimate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and the business side of surface design. I completed my first collection, and am creating the next few collections. I am very grateful for meeting Bonnie and for all the connections I have made in the surface pattern design world. "

Allison Picone

"Bonnie's course has given me the confidence and tools to create beautiful fabrics (and more!) that enrich my brand and help me connect more deeply with my customers. This course was life changing - thank you, Bonnie! "

Jessica Shaw
Haute JS Design

"The Immersion Course was comprehensive and cohesive, perfectly blending software and art techniques, industry standards for design, marketing, legal and trade shows, interviews with professionals, and regular live chats and reviews. The sheer amount of content was helpful no matter what level one is entering at. Bonnie's unique teaching style is full of clarity and heart and her candid answers to student questions were smart, honest, and encouraging. "

Skye McNeill

"Before the Immersion Course, I had been struggling to learn how to use Illustrator to make patterns. With Bonnie’s help I learned in two weeks what I had been struggling to do on my own for 2+ years. The course, as well as the website/portfolio review, was invaluable!"

Dee Ann Pickering

"In 2017, I found Bonnie Christine and learned how to take my paintings and turn them into repeating patterns. This had a huge positive impact on my art and life! During the Immersion course, I advanced further, practicing her techniques. Following her advice, my design business began to form. I began having my prints printed on fabric, making them into scarves. In 2018, I worked with a fashion manufacturer and designed my first dress with my repeat pattern on it. I now have a new business designing dresses, scarves and ties. Thanks to Bonnie, I have begun 2019 as a designer and entrepreneur. In February, I am showing my designs at SURTEX, in hopes of expanding my design business. "

Dawn Stratchko
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"The Immersion course brought together the most supportive, positive group of ladies I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I also learned more here than I ever did in college. I began this journey last year after enrolling in Bonnie’s class hoping to learn about surface pattern design. A year later, I am designing my future around this exciting field."

Eliz Alahverdian

"My Surface Pattern Design journey began in 2018 when I chanced upon Bonnie's Course. It was a light bulb moment for me. It was then that I knew that I wanted to create patterns for the rest of my life."

Beatrice Tan

"I was familiar with some basic tools in Illustrator, but it was Bonnie, who taught me a whole lot more. I remembered the sentence, which later I put with the golden marker and pin to my board- "there's room for You". Whenever I feel, that it's not gonna work, I look at it and I do new pattern and I send it to the world. Little by little I start to earn on them. I believed Bonnie that there is a space for me, so it is for you also. Thank You Bonnie. Never stop teaching, cause You are made for it."

Magdalena Litwinowicz

"Just before I turned 40 I realized my creative dreams had been on hold for 20 years and I didn't want to wait any longer to carve out that space in my life. I began to fill every spare waking moment (any many that I should have slept through) studying and working. Bonnie’s story was a huge inspiration during this time - I even completed my own 100 patterns project. My illustration interests go beyond patterns but Bonnie’s simple little encouragements like ‘one thing everyday’ and ‘all you need is ten seconds of courage’ have shaped the past couple of years at least as much as all of the technical things I have learned. A few months ago I began practicing lots of courage. Now I am in the midst of negotiations for my first licensing deal in the home dec & gift market. The door is beginning to open!"

Amber Lynn Benton

"On my first trip to Quilt Market, I met Bonnie. She was there showing her new collection, I shyly started a conversation telling her that right there I had found what I was searching for: I wanted to be the person to design those fabrics. I went home and was never able to find any classes that would help me achieve that dream until 3 years later an email from Bonnie in my inbox offered the Immersion Course. I knew it was a sign and immediately signed up. It's literally changed everything for me. I have started my path as a surface pattern designer. Thanks to Bonnie's class I am on the path I had been searching for so many years! I have learned more in this course than I did in a whole year in college studying graphic design. "

Patty Basemi

"When I started Bonnie’s course, I knew only how to create designs by hand, but today I am adept at designing digitally, and with confidence call myself a surface pattern designer. I am thrilled to be exhibiting at Blue Print in New York City, my first ever trade show! Bonnie is my teacher, an extraordinary teacher, who gave me not only the technical tools I needed to learn in order to achieve my dream, a dream that is now a reality, but who carried me along the way with kindness, advice, and encouragement - those little extras that come so naturally for her and that made all the difference!"

Gennifer Schimenti

"I came to Bonnie's classes and tutorials with scant knowledge and even less confidence hoping to incorporate pattern design into my ceramic work. Now, when I begin a new ceramic jewelry collection or design a new line of soap dishes, I reach for my digital tools. I have Bonnie whispering in my ear, ever reminding me about copyright integrity, color, textures, and techniques. I am learning to confidently grow my own style while communicating with a visual voice that is as authentic I can be in this moment. Through this process of creating, I have grown my business, Instagram following and Etsy sales. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings as I hone my skills and continue level up. There is room for me!"

Jess Sandford
October Forever

"Creativity was always calling me. I just didn't know that it could be my career. After taking Bonnie's Courses, I learned how to create a great portfolio, a brand and make professional banners, a blog, a website and more. I now sell quilt patterns all over the world online and in shops. I have been to several Quilt markets with a booth and have been featured in 80 magazines. I'm currently writing a book for C & T publishing. When I was young I would never have dreamed that all this could come true....but it can with hard work and knowledge. "

Shirley Hudson

"After I faced some memories and happenings from my past, and publicly acknowledged being a survivor of domestic violence, which I would not have been able to acknowledge, if not for Bonnie's little encouraging life lessons in each part of the Immersion Course. She might not realize it, but by encouraging to blossom and be who you are meant to be, her kind way of teaching helped me to overcome some of my past issues. I didn't have fear of failure or judgement anymore I got the opportunity to import hand dyed artisan yarns from South Africa, that's empowering women and help with up-liftment of rural economically distressed communities. that I learn from Bonnie in the Immersion Course I use on a daily basis. If you are in two minds about if you really want to make the move into SPD, go for it, you will never know where the journey will take you. Thank you Bonnie, to teach me to be courageous "

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