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We’re excited to announce that we’re ready to dive into the guest blogging world. I am so thrilled to introduce you to some fabulous people I know + a few new creatives I’ve (happily) stumbled upon. We are still getting all of our ducks in a row, but this is a very fun time for us and can’t wait to share. We’ll be having a few different categories established to provide readers with a variety of topics.

Think guest blogging is something you’re interested in? Send me a note with a little bit of information and I’d love to tell you more.

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Pattern Makes Perfect

Our first featured guest blogger is miss Kayla Bill! She has had a huge influence on the designer I am today, and without her… Who knows where I’d be? We met through the UWSP Design program, and worked together recently at NUK. So, it was only appropriate for her to be my first guest! Without further ado, I give you Kayla and her favorite design element, patterns:

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Chevron, ikat, stripes, paisley, houndstooth, floral and of course my favorite; polka dots. Patterns have become a part of my every day design life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love sketching new pattern ideas and creating them can be a fun and exhilarating challenge. You would be surprised how many patterns you see everyday. They are literally everywhere; clothing, furniture, dishes, books, purses, nail art, tattoos, baby products and so much more. I was first introduced to pattern design when creating designs for NUK pacifiers and baby bottles. Instantly I fell head over heals in L-O-V-E, love. Most of the time I find myself incorporating patterns inside larger shapes or even cute little animals. It took a lot of practice, but now I’ve got it down to a strategic science. Everyone has their own tricks and I wouldn’t have any up my sleeve without my illustrator pathfinder and align tools. I prefer to construct patterns piece by piece on my own in illustrator, rather than creating pattern swatches that tile a pattern for you. Yes, creating pattern swatches would probably save me time, but sometimes I prefer my patterns to be more random and not so perfectly tessellated together. Besides, who says patterns have to continue on into oblivion repeating in the same manner anyways? Not this girl. There are no rules when it comes to patterns, so as long as it’s a pattern to you that’s all that matters. So open up illustrator or your sketchbook; find a rock to draw on or get out your nail polish; and try your hand at creating a pattern, because “pattern makes perfect”.

Geometric Quilt Nail Art | NUK Bold Dots Bottle | Norquary Handpainted Paddles Diamond Circle Pattern| Wit and Whistle Books | Owls | Untitled Tattoo