Saturday, 5 October 2013

My venture into the world of patterns

For those of you who follow my work over on my FB page you know how I've been trying myself at patterns, a world unknown to me professionaly :D Yep, the last time I worked on patterns was while in Art school as part of our course, and I must say I never really enjoyed myself working on those back then. I was way more into- fashion drawing and similar lectures. I was always amazed when my prof. would say I nailed it, cos I never really 'understood' the purpose of those :D How strange, right?! :)

A month ago I bombarded my fb pal & amazing illustrator Celeste Gagnon Smale if she could try explain these to me (the process of making a set, how to do the overlaping...etc) And she was so awesome that she even did a small tutorial just for me! :D Thank you again C! ;) So I kinda gave myself a sense of direction by enrolling every competition over at Tigerprint...the 1st time I ever submitted any form of pattern was a black & white set for their competition. Needless to say I didn't make their top100 but I felt great just submitting A challenge every single month and stretching of my potential & ability. September's competition was 'shapes as pattern' and I submitted 4 patterns for this one, I really, really enjoyed myself working on these and was very inspired ( to be honest, when I read the brief the 1st time, I thought this one would be the most difficult). I really didn't expect anything this time either, cos I know I'm a novice in this field and I took this on to challenge myself as I said before. So when I went on my fb page in the evening I saw Tigerprint announced their top 100, so I went to check it out (as I always do, so I can see what they're into) and when I saw my pattern there I just couldn't believe it! I thought I was dreaming. :D Lol They must've announced it somewhere in the afternoon, I don't know, and I wouldn't have even checked hadn't it poped on my wall...Lol I am really happy to see my work is paying off and I'm going in the right direction, cos to be on their fave 100 list amongst over 1000 entries, and from my 2nd try at patterns....woweee, it's above my expectations. I'm like a kid, I rejoice over small things :D

So, you'll see plenty more of my pattern work as I venture into this new world.

See you all soon & thank you all so much for your support and kind comments here and on my fb page!

Antoana Oreški ©2013


  1. Antoana my dear, you are very welcome, your patterns are amazing, you are a natural, now get them on Spoonflower so the rest of us can buy them! xo

  2. Lol :) You know, I was actually giving this idea a thought but wasn't sure they're good enough. But if you say so, I'll upload them :) Thanks Celeste aka master Yoda :D

  3. Hi there! I hope you enjoyed the holidays! I'm Heather and I wanted to know if you would be willing to answer my question! My email is Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)

  4. LOVELY patterns, Antoana!!! Love them! And goodness, I'm wishing you and your sweet family a wonderful new year ahead. It's been far too long since I've visited! Just wanted to let you know that I spied your wonderful new website and for some reason I can't see the Projects link. (It won't let me in!)...I'm on a Mac Laptop using Firefox. I'll try Safari and let you know...anyway, the rest of the site looks wonderful!!

    1. Awwwww, thank you Shirley! Hope you had some really wonderful holiday time with your family & wishing you & your family an amazing year ahead too! :) The project tree is still empty, cos I'm gonna fill it (soon hopefully) with some of the projects I'm currently preping :) Thank you Shirley!!!!! :*


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