Textile & Surface Pattern Design Short Course

Create prints and repeat patterns with Photoshop

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Our Textile and Surface Pattern Design short course offers a comprehensive overview of surface design, starting with traditional art-making and digital skills using Adobe Photoshop. 

Built up over eight weeks we will start with traditional art-making methods, and move into learning and applying digital techniques. We’ll study colour theory and colorisation techniques, as well as research and analyse trends. We’ll look at the differences in design between home product and fashion textiles and how to design for a market segment.

This immersive is perfect for those wanting a holistic overview of textile and surface design practices, geared towards professional development. Our course is a practical, hands-on learning experience. While we love online learning, sometimes it helps to have clear instruction from someone in the room to communicate with one-on-one. 

Week 1: Research / Market Segments / Art Making / Motif Design

Week 2: Digitisation / Digital Re-colouring

Week 3: Pattern Structures / Direction / Basic Block Repeats

Week 4: Colour Trends / Colour Libraries / Hand Colourisation / Colour Theory

Week 5: Basic Units / Mirror Repeats / Tossed Repeats

Week 6: Drop  Repeats / Seamless Repeats

Week 7: Composite Repeats / Overlays / Blending Modes

Week 8: Colour Matching / Preparing Artwork for Digital Print

Research suggests it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. But Josh Kaurfman suggests it only takes twenty hours to learn a new skill. We welcome your questions. We will go slow when you need help or a reminder. We will share everything we can to quench that creative thirst!

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What you will learn
  • Traditional art-making methods and colour theory
  • How to create repeat patterns using Adobe Photoshop
  • How to prepare and use ready-to-print digital repeat artwork
What you will get
  • A comprehensive overview of surface pattern and textile design
  • A practical, hands-on learning experience from an industry professional
  • The confidence to create your own patterns, in your own style for your own projects
Parking Info

The Ink & Spindle studio is located in the Sacred Heart Building at Abbotsford Convent. All day parking is available in the car park directly across from Abbotsford Convent on St Heliers Street. 

The machines accept credit cards, notes and gold coins. Parking is $2/hr, and funds from the car park go towards the restoration and daily operation of the Convent. 

Street parking is available along Clarke St and surrounding streets, but please be aware that the majority of street parking is requires a Permit.

What to bring
  • A computer with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 or CC software installed
  • A healthy thirst for knowledge!
What to wear


Appropriate for

Over 18's. Perfect for those wanting a more holistic overview of surface design and to perfect their technique.

What's provided?

All art-making materials, inspiration books, images and colour guides, research materials and refreshments.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Cancellation & Refund Policy

In the unfortunate event that you are unable to attend a workshop or short course,we will transfer your ticket to another date. We require an email notifying us at least 48 hours before commencement of the booked class.

Bookings include a non-refundable 15% deposit of the ticket price. If you are unable to attend a workshop or transfer dates, and notify us at least 48 hours before the commencement of your booked class we can offer a partial refund of your ticket, less the deposit amount.

Please note that we cannot offer refunds for no-shows or partial refunds for latecomers. If you do not turn up to a workshop you forfeit your booking and full fees. If you miss individual classes within a short course you forfeit these classes. 

Please note that in the extremely unfortunate event we need to cancel a workshop or short course, we reserve the right do so if (a) the workshop or short course does not attain a minimum number of ticket holders or (b) a presenter falls ill. In the unfortunate circumstance of a class being cancelled, participants will be notified at least 24 hours before commencement and booking transfers will be offered.

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Terms & Conditions

The SURFACE 1°22 Design School offers hands-on workshops and short courses in fashion, interior, product and textile design. Our classes are for participants of all abilities and provide hands-on, practical and skills-based teaching which aim to simplify and demystify the design process. These workshops and short courses are the intellectual property of Emily Wills, and participants agree to adhere to the following Terms & Conditions.


The participant will not reproduce, copy, or market any of the handouts, verbal or visual instruction or any other short course materials from the SURFACE 1°22 DesignSchool for financial or non financial gain.

Privacy & Sharing

Your personal details are private, we will not share them with third parties. We will automatically add your email address to our database. If you do not wish to receive emails from us, please unsubscribe. SURFACE 1°22 may use photos and videos from workshops and short courses for marketing purposes. This includes shares on social media, press media, marketing,public relations, in person and at events.

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07 June 2019 • Textile & Surface Pattern Design Short Course

This is the most wonderful course! Interesting, fun, lessons each week with a wonderful teacher and yummy food. I learnt so much and loved every minute.


11 June 2018 • Textile & Surface Pattern Design Short Course

This course is THE BEST. I feel so much more confident being creative plus using Photoshop and producing artworks. Emily is a fantastic teacher and I highly recommend the course!