The Business of Surface Pattern Design | An Online Workshop

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The Business of Surface Pattern Design | An Online Workshop (1)

I'm thrilled to share with you that I'll be hosting a 3-part workshop, The Business of Surface Pattern Design for Modern Thrive coming June 7th-9th! Many of you have followed my journey to becoming a surface pattern designer. You know that I started out with a dream, and no idea how to make it come true! After spending years learning on my own everything I could about design and lots of hardwork and dedication, I am happy to say that dreams really do come true!

It's because of my journey, that I'm passionate about teaching what I know (that's what the Roost Tribe is all about!). In The Business of Surface Pattern Design, I'll be joining two other surface pattern design pros, Bari J. and Andie Hanna to bring you an exciting and comprehensive course on the world of surface pattern design.

Through this course, I'll be discussing surface pattern design as a career choice, how to find opportunities to build your brand and put together a breathtaking portfolio. The workshop will give you access to three hour-long live video sessions, daily email lessons and a private Facebook group where you can connect with other surface pattern designers. And don't worry if you can't make it live - all of the sessions are recorded and you get lifetime access to the course content!

A sneak peek at the topics we will cover:

Session One –Building Your Business with Bonnie Christine (that's me!).

– Why surface pattern design may be a good career option for you
– Building your portfolio from scratch
– Finding opportunities and building your business

Session Two  – Finding your Style and Creating a Collection with Bari J.

– Finding your unique style
– Developing a vision for your work
– Creating a cohesive collection

Session Three: Creating products people love with Andie Hanna

– How brands approach new product design
– Creating designs that brands will love
– Considering products when developing designs

Bonus! You can also save $30 if you sign up before June 1st with discount code “GoingHometoRoost”.

See the full schedule and reserve your spot here!

April 2016 Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

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April 2016 Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

bye bye march, hello beautiful april! this clover grove is another favorite print from my new fabric collection, forest floor. it reminds me of making clover necklaces with my momma! what i love most about this month: prepping the garden, joining our local CSA and soaking up some much needed sunshine!  what are your favorite things about april?

calendars for april: click here to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

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a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!!! from Bonnie Christine

Just a quick note to wish you all a wonderful Easter! I hope each of you have a family-filled weekend full of love, laughter and easter egg hunts.

The earth shook with the news. He is not here; He is risen! And in that moment, joy replaced despair, hope pushed past fear, and life conquered death, not just that day, but for eternity. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ for what it meant then and what it means for us every day- a sacrifice that brings forgiveness, renewal, and peace to any of us who put our faith in Jesus.

Our family will be reading the story of Easter this weekend. My prayer is that we all might experience a rebirth and renewal that courses through our hearts and minds, spilling over into our lives and our communities throughout the year!

Love and light to each of you!

Psst: this lady swan will be a part of my upcoming organic fabric collection, hello ollie!

NEW! iPhone Cases for Get Uncommon

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Hey everyone! I'm so happy to share with you my brand new line of iPhone and tech cases for  Get Uncommon. We have worked together to bring 18 designs to life to help brighten up all your devices! I truly believe that patterns are a simple way we can express our joy. What better way to do that than beautify our cases!

I chose to get the Wild Posy print for myself (see below!), it matches one of my favorite prints from Forest Floor. Now you can be all sorts of matchy matchy (in the best way possible!). Head on over to Get Uncommon to get yours now!

Bonnie Christine for Get Uncommon

New ‘Forest Floor’ Art Prints in the Shop!

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Forest Floor by Bonnie Christine (2) Forest Floor by Bonnie Christine (3)

oh happy day! in celebration of the release of forest floor fabrics, i'm debuting a set of coordinating art prints! this line is rich in natural hues and full of forest curiosities. i hope these prints will find their way into your home and ignite your own exploration of the wondrous depths of the mountains.

to celebrate, i'm having a 24 hour sale in my etsy shop for all art prints! get 20% off by using code 'HAPPYDAY' during checkout. xo, bonnie

psst. see a video of these prints framed here!

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The Forest Floor Fabric Lookbook & a Giveaway!

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Forest Floor Fabric Lookbook (2)

oh, happy day! art gallery fabrics released forest floor's fabric lookbook last week, and i’ve been oohing and ahhing over its pages ever since!

as always, the best way to view the collection is by hopping right in to the lookbook. you can also check out this post for more about my inspirations, a few of my favorite prints and for more info on where to purchase the collection.

photographing this lookbook was so much fun. a dear friend of mine and talented photographer, callie lynch, and i took off to a favorite forest near my home and photographed projects under the trees. it's a day i'll never forget!

the lookbook is chock full of patterns, tutorials and diy ideas. i hope you enjoy browsing the pages and making a project of your own!

psst: keep scrolling for info on a giveaway!

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i'm also *SO* excited to partner with the fat quarter shop to offer a DOUBLE giveaway.  below is info on how to enter for both a fat quarter bundle of forest floor AND my new collection of aurifil threads!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations #52, Delaine!

to enter to win the fat quarter bundle of forest floor:

>> comment here telling us which project from the forest floor lookbook is your favorite and who you'd like to make it for (a friend, or maybe yourself!). limit one comment per person.

to enter to win the going home to roost small aurifil thread box:

>> head on over to instagram and enter via the details on this post!

deadline: both giveaways will end monday, march 14th at 1:00PM, eastern standard time. the winners will be drawn randomly and announced on this post shortly after.

good luck! xo, bonnie

Forest Floor Fabrics – Now in Stores!

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Forest Floor by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (1)

HI EVERYONE! i’m so happy to share that my brand new fabric line forest floor for art gallery fabrics is now available and shipping to a store near you!

since we moved back to the mountains a few years ago, i've been endlessly inspired by the forest at my doorstep. this collection is deeply meaningful to me, as every bit of it was inspired by our woodland explorations. i spent months photographing the flora and fauna of our part of the world. the end result is a true reflection of where we live, pisgah forest, north carolina.

I hope that it will ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and inspire you to visit the wondrous depths of the mountains as well!

i’m sharing a few of my favorite prints below, and the full collections at the bottom of this post along with info on how and where to purchase this collection – just keep scrolling!

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maple mill

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in the thicket

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wild posy

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luna rising

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clover grove

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flourish aglow

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forest floor by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics

cultivate by bonnie christine (1)psst! art gallery fabrics has a new app! you can view all the collections, shop online and find a store near you right from your device. download it (apple or android) and read more about it here (and watch this adorable video)!

ready to purchase? see if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with forest floor, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – a stitch in time, or view a full list of online shops here.

want to see more projects? check out everyone’s projects on instagram (use #ForestFloorFabrics), and view the fabric lookbook (more on this tomorrow)! 

Surface Pattern Design Instagram Photo Challenge

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Hi everyone! Many of you know I teach several courses on surface pattern design for Skillshare. This week, I've been trying to think of new ways I can connect with my students, and so I've decided to host an Instagram photo challenge! Participating with the challenge and using the official class hashtag (#PATTERNDESIGNwithBONNIE) will bring us all together on Instagram, help us discover each other's work and get to know each other a little better. hooray!

>> Want to join? We'd love to have you! You can learn more about all of my courses and sign up for them right here.

What's a IG Photo Challenge? A photo challenge is where everyone posts each day on the same topic (see the schedule above). Participate by simply posting a photo to your Instagram feed on the correct day and use the challenge hashtag, #PATTERNDESIGNwithBONNIE. Feel free to interpret the prompts however you like!

What's a hashtag? Hashtags are a way to categorize social media content. When you use the challenge hashtag, it will automatically become 'clickable' on Instagram. When you click on it, you'll see everyone's pictures who have also used the hashtag!

Why is this so awesome!? The hashtag will bring us all together in one place. We'll be able to meet each other, see each other's work and expand our relationships to Instagram! 

Findability: This will also help increase your 'findability'. Trending #'s are the perfect way for you to gain new followers (you never know, one of them could be the art director to your dream company!). 

Let's get started!

1) Follow me over on Instagram (@GoingHometoRoost)

2) Watch for the official launch

3) Start sharing your photos on Monday

4) Follow the above schedule and post each day for 2 weeks (except on weekends)!

Join & Win! I'll be randomly choosing three participants to receive a signed Bonnie Christine art print!

I'll be joining along with you. Let's have fun!


PS - please tell your surface pattern design friends to join as well! They can learn more about how to join my skillshare classes right here: