Your online portfolio is you. Every image, every page is a message you are sending to a potential buyer; “You want to work with me.” This is perhaps the most important online tool in your arsenal. So if you are looking to improve or create your online portfolio and just don’t know where to start, you might want to check out Pattern Observers, The Portfolio Development Guide. Michelle Fifis has compiled a comprehensive guide, walking you through all of the steps to help you achieve a professional site that sells you.
This guide is chock full of information broken down into 18 easy lessons. Each lesson focuses on an important piece of the larger puzzle such as Selecting Artwork, Your Marketing Message and Social Media & Google Analytics. To guide you throughout these lessons there is a work sheet to help focus your goals, as well as visual examples and tips from experts in the field.
So whether you are ready to begin building your own website, or are looking to make changes to increase traffic to your site, The Portfolio Development Guide is a great start to showing the best you.
Today we are introducing a new feature on the blog: In A Creative Space.This feature gives our members a chance to show us their home studio. Whether it's a corner desk, a cleverly fitted out closet, or a marvelously airy atelier, we want a peek! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
From beautiful Yorkshire in the UK, Charlotte Brown gives us a glimpse at her sparkling new creative space. Thank you so much for sharing with us, Charlotte!
I run my surface pattern design business from my home in rural Yorkshire, in the UK. I’m delighted that I’ve just moved into my new home office – it’s just a few feet away from my previous home office, which was tucked under the stairs, but I now have the luxury of daylight from a window right next to me, and I can work whilst enjoying the view (which is actually just onto my own drive!).
I now work in a specially developed corner of our kitchen, in our tiny Victorian cottage. Whilst planning a kitchen makeover, my husband and I thought long and carefully over how best to make use of the available space, in order to fit a home office area in too.
It took us a couple of months, including two separate weeks of vacation time, for myself and my husband to do all the work ourselves. The kitchen layout is now completely different, and my home office area is separated from the main cooking, washing and food preparation area by a breakfast bar – this can also double up as extra desk area or drawing space for me.
The home office and kitchen area are both traditionally styled to suit our cottage home, and painted in a natural deep green, with cream and taupe woodwork and cabinets, and a real wood worksurface and desk. It has a nice calming feel, which is great for helping me concentrate on my work.
Of course, I do have a few nice ‘designer’ touches – glitter glass mosaic tiles in a beautiful lime green, low-level color changing lighting in the base of the units (including in my office area!) and unusual cupboard door handles of resin-encased wood.
I’m very pleased I have lots of storage in my new home office, in the roomy kitchen cabinets. This area is where I do all my computer-based admin and marketing, and also the computer-based side of my design work, so it’s important I feel inspired here.
I do like to keep the drawing side of my design work well away from technology, though, so that I can relax and connect fully with my creative side. I tend to draw on drawing boards at our dining room table, where there’s lots of light and space, and I can also see out into the world beyond my garden.
When I get painty, I can also do it here, although I prefer, when the weather allows, to take the mess into the garden!
My work from home is always overseen by my dog, Noah, who is a young rough collie – he likes to keep an eye on what I’m doing, loves to try and answer the door and phone, ‘helps’ me out with everything, and yes, I do live in constant terror of somehow getting his lovely fur dyed a vibrant color with inks or paints!
My goal was to explore the idea of identity and what it means to live in a specific moment in history. If I had lived in a different time, who would I have been? Would I have looked the same? Would I have had the same personality? And, "going back in time," could I recreate the past accurately without being constrained by my own modern lens or by reducing the past to stereotypes? Could I truly recreate a look, an era, a MOOD that I have never experienced?
From 2500 entries nationwide, Wendy's was one of 43 selected finalists in the 2016 Smithsonian Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The show will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, March 2016 through March 2017, and will then go on to four other museums. If you have a chance to see the show do. We think Wendy admirably succeeded in evoking the character of each era represented, with even her apparent age shifting from image to image. Here are a few of our favorites from the series. To see more visit WendyArbeit.com.
This Thursday, we are pleased to present another informative guild meeting with special guests Hillary Timm, Sarah York and Rebeca Green. Our panelists will be sharing their work as well as telling us about their experiences of presenting their portfolios that ultimately landed them professional jobs in the surface pattern design industry. We hope you can join us!
Our next guild meeting Thursday, October 8th, is a panel. Hillary Timm, Rebecca Green and Sarah York will discuss showing your portfolio during an interview, either in person or on-line.
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