A little about me
Thanks for taking the time to find a bit more about who is behind the designs and other information I will be sharing through this blog.
I’m Annette from Australia and live in a vibrant rural town called Loxton in South Australia.
I have my own successful business as a graphic and website designer (www.thatsgraphic.com.au).
I’ve always loved meandering in fabric and homeware stores, looking at all the wonderful designs, and thinking, I’d love to design patterns for cushions, bags, fabrics etc. That desire has grown stronger over the past couple of years and so I commenced dabbling in Surface Pattern Design.
Because of my strong graphic design background, it has been easy to extend another arm to my business. I’ve taken many courses and webinars to understand what’s involved with designing patterns for products from creating repeat patterns, through to preparing files for production. Not unsimilar to the print companies I have prepared files for over many years.
I also purchased a digital pen and started freehand sketching, which I’ve been really enjoying. Most of my latest patterns have started out as sketches which I’ve then imported into my graphics program and built on it digitally to create the unique patterns. I can see there has been a shift in my design style by doing this, giving my designs a more organic, softer and flowing feel.
I started my Instagram account when I first started on my Surface Pattern journey, so it’s a good resource for me to look back on and see how my style is developing. View my Instagram here.
I welcome any enquiries in regards to collaboration or licensing of new pattern prints or ones I have available for viewing. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My creative history (briefly!)
Since a very young age, I’ve always had a desire to create or design things. I would have a go at all sorts of crafts and sewed many of our boys clothes when they were young. I was proudly a stay at home Mum and at one stage, I painted folk art onto wooden items and would sell them in a local craft shop (door stops, scissor holders, door signs…you remember those days!!).
My Mum and Dad were both creative. Mum was a wonderful sewer and could put her hand to all sorts of crafts. Dad enjoyed woodworking and in his retirement years he created some beautiful giftware on his lathe and sold pieces to gift shops when they went caravanning around the country! I remember going shopping with Mum to choose dress patterns, fabrics and embellishments. Looking back on photos, the fabric she chose for our dresses or pant suits were either bold, funky, geometric shapes or pretty, feminine and floral prints which funnily enough is what my style of designs tend to be.
Both my grandpa’s were also very creative, one worked with leather and had his own Saddlery business and the other made cane furniture. So I guess it’s in my genes.
I am one of six girls and the creativeness has come out in different ways in us. Every second sister is left handed (2nd, 4th and 6th), and we are the ones with the strongest creativity, with one being a very gifted photographer and writer and the other an awesome illustrator and then me with the graphic design thing going on!
In my final year at high school, I put together our class magazine, physically cutting and pasting images and also did that for church newsletters later down the track. However that did change when computers came on the scene. They were a real game changer and I remember buying our first computer in around 1994, and realised that I no longer had to physically cut and paste images to create publications.
My business started soon after that computer purchase, and I commenced creating logo designs and letterheads, using one of the first desktop publishing programs. From there I grew with the times, taking on other graphic design projects and website design. I learnt as I went along from real life experience and still do today. It’s been interesting looking back and realising how much the industry has changed over the years as technology has developed.
I hope you enjoy the designs I am creating, there are many more in the pipeline!