So it’s been 18 days since I started my pattern-a-day blog, which means i’m halfway through my challenge of creating a pattern every day for a month! The reaction and feedback has been amazing and i’ve had a few commission offers that i’ll begin working on as soon as my work load calms down a little.
This week i’ve been struggling a lot with time management. I feel like i’ve barely had enough time to do anything other than my dissertation and patterns. It’s also been my 22nd birthday and my 1st wedding anniversary so there have been a few days of no work. I need to spend this next week getting back on track! As soon as this monthly pattern challenge is over i’ll be focusing on finding other design competitions to take part in, and sorting out a work placement in a local primary school.
But overall this pattern challenge has been a great excuse to showcase my work, and it’s been so much more successful than i thought it would be! Even though i’m looking forward to it being over..
I’ve also been continuing with my daily patterns, which surprisingly takes up a lot of my time! So i’m going to try and tie these in with my FMP work, and perhaps create future patterns using sketch book work to save on time. Here’s an overview as to the patterns i’ve been making.
On top of working on the commissions this week, a few of us textile students hosted a fundraising bake sale in order to buy a stand at New Designers. This was amazingly successful and i think we raised around £150! Most of the foods were home-baked and i think people really liked that. Also, instead of pricing up individual foods, we decided to make a donations-only rule like the 3rd years last year successfully did, and people were way more generous that way!
I’ve been fortunate enough this week to have been given 2 commissions using the patterns posted on my pattern-a-day blog. The first one was for 2 cushions with the cat pattern on, and the other was the london buses printed onto fabric. The woman who wants the London buses print also wants a collection of London-inspired prints, so i’ll start thinking about patterns relating to that very soon. I’ve just completed the cushions and sent them off, i’m still in the process of writing up a proper costing for it, so i’ll post that later on today.
These past few days i’ve been working on gaining more exposure on my pattern-a-day blog. I’ve been reading articles on networking, promoting, how to gain a large following and the best times to post your work/blog. I’ve learned that posting in the evening generates more views as most people are home around this time. I’ve also continued to promote my work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, while also working on gaining a Twitter following. I’ve also learned that following/liking/commenting on other creative people’s work helps link them towards your work. I’ve gained a huge amount of Instagram followers, and 45 twitter followers in 3 days by using this technique, and yesterday my blog views were at an amazing 93! I’m not sure why they were so high yesterday, but i’m very pleased with the exposure! I hope i can keep this amount of views up daily.
For the past week or so i’ve been creating patterns for my ‘pattern-a-day’ blog. These are the patterns I have previously created and posted.
To further promote my blog i’ve signed up and posted my blog to promotion websites. Some of these include:
-The Startup Pitch
I’ll continue to find sites like these. I also created a Twitter account today to increase exposure range! I’ll be posting updates daily with links to my latest blog post. I’ll also to continue to post daily on Facebook and Instagram. It’ll take a while to create a large following on Twitter so i’ll also be working on creating a good base of textile/design related followers this month.
So the main reason I haven’t been posting on here as regularly is because I have been busy creating fun patterns for my very new ‘A Pattern a Day’ blog. Everyday, for at least a month, i’ll be creating a sharing a new pattern. This could extend for longer than a month depending on the kind of following or recognition I get and if I manage to cope time-wise with creating something new to post every day. I will try as best I can to promote my blog and gain an increasing following to gain as much exposure as possible.
So far i’m very happy with the success. My WordPress stats show that my views are increasing by a third every day through sharing my blog posts on Facebook and Instagram.
The live blog can be seen at: http://www.ameliamakes.wordpress.com
It’s been way longer than I planned since I lasted posted on here. I’ve been very busy with competitions and starting up my new ‘Pattern a Day’ blog, which i’ll mention later on. This post is to talk about the 2nd competition I entered.
Style at Home and BHS collaborated to host a cushion competition. The specifications were:
-Cushion size/ design size must be 50 x 50cm or 50 x 30cm
-Cushion design must feature lettering or text
-Deadline 31st October 2013
(Full terms and conditions can be seen here: http://www.housetohome.co.uk/articles/style-at-home-cushion-competition-terms-and-conditions_531396.html)
So there weren’t many limitations at all compared to some of the other competitions i’ve taken a look at, and because of this I found it a lot more fun to do. Though since time was limited, and the Portmeirion competition deadline on the same day, I decided to use and manipulate my hot air balloon pattern from my main studio project.
This was my final design and what I submitted:
I do wish I had more time or that I knew about this competition sooner because this type of brief works really well for me, and I would’ve liked to have made the most of it. Though i’m pretty happy with my design considering my time restrictions!