Blue Print Competition 2019 2

Aleida Weil

Dear Blueprint Team,

please find attached my submissions for the Blue Print 2019 design competition.
My name is Aleida Weil, I am 40 years old and from Germany.
I live nearby Munich, close to the bavarian Ammersee lake in an old beer brewery!
With a diploma in fashion design from the University of Pforzheim I worked over 7 years as a garment designer for different fashion labels. After my kids were born I started my freelance fashion design business and was developing the fashion collections from my office.
But my true love is the graphic/artistic world and so my dream is to explore the surface pattern design world.
That's why I am here!
I am new to this industry, even tho I have design experience, I don't know where to start.
The Blue Print Show brings together designers and potential clients and allows the artworks to get seen in a friendly and communicative atmosphere. Nothing can replace such an experience.

Thank you so much for giving new creatives the chance to show their work to the world in such an inspiring environment.

Best wishes and a peaceful Christmas season

Aleida Weil
instagram: @aleida_weil
Landsbergerstr. 57
82266 Inning am Ammersee
handy: 0177/5153565


Alexandria Gilbert

Good evening, 

My name is Alexandria Gilbert and I'm a 31-year-old watercolor artist and designer based out of New York State in the US. I went to university to study law and after finishing my degree with a 2.1 and working a few different jobs, including as a writer and within the human rights law field. 

I turned to painting nearly two years ago. I have loved painting. It has been a gift to be able to create gorgeous botanicals, flowers, and designs. All of my designs are hand-painted. I would very much like to take my work as an artist to the next level though. I struggled with anxiety as I studied law and as I tried to force myself into a particular career path, and I picked up a paintbrush to find a new form of relaxation. It has turned into so much more for me, and I would love to be considered to win this contest as it would be a huge boost to me to show my art and designs to a broader audience. 

My website is at and I would be happy to answer any other questions the judges might have for me. 

Thank you so much for this opportunity and all the best, 
Alexandria Gilbert


Alyssa Black 

My name is Alyssa Black and I am the illustrator behind Drawn to Ecology. I live in Massachusetts but from California. 2018 is my first year doing illustration full time. I have two degrees in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis and UMass Amherst. My education and professional experience in Landscape Architecture helped me shape the type of business and illustrations I wanted to specialize in. I focus on translating science and ecology into understandable graphics businesses can use on products. Currently I work with parks to translate their stories into graphics that allow the visitors to take a 'piece' of their experience home with them. 

Thank you for the opportunity to submit! 
Have a great day! 

Owner + Illustrator, Drawn to Ecology


Amarylis Hibon 

Name: Amarylis Hibon
Country: Luxembourg
Age: 30 years
I have a Bachelor in Furniture and Product Design from the Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University.
I have graduated in 2013, but since then I have worked in a big Insurance Company.
Long story short, I am now suffering from burn out and I am quitting my job end of the year. 
My dream is to begin a career in the illustration field, and this is why I am entering this contest.

Thank you for your consideration.
I already wish you a very happy Holiday Season!
Kind regards,
Amarylis Hibon


Amber Lynn Benton


Anna Bower

Dear Blueprint,

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I'm Anna Marie Bower, an illustrator, just starting out after many years as a Creative Director for Papyrus in the USA. I'm 60 years of age and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated with honors from the Illustration program at the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 1980 and I've been working in the social expressions industry for 38 years, first as an illustrator, then an art director and finally as a creative director. I know Paul from Cinnamon Joe as I have purchased art for Papyrus for 17 years and we enjoyed working with the CJ studio.

I would like to win this competition as I have left Papyrus (I was offered an early retirement package when American Greetings recently changed hands) and I intend to spend the rest of my career doing what I love most - coming up with content ideas and creating artwork. I believe I could be a great resource for the Blueprint community of exhibitors, as I have many years of experience with concepts and artwork in a wide variety of styles and product types (cards, stationery, bags and gift wrap, primarily).

My immediate superior at Papyrus for 17 years, Diana Ruhl - Executive VP, had this to say about me in a letter of recommendation she wrote: " I have always been impressed with Anna’s creative talent especially in her role as Creative Director and leading the Illustration team.  What has impressed me most about Anna is her is her ability to recognize and adapt to a variety of art styles depending on the needs of the brand.  In addition to her creative skills, she has strong technical experience.  With her thorough understanding of many techniques and finishes she has the ability to enhance the product for the premium market.   Additionally, Anna is able to balance her creative and illustration talents with sales insights and market needs in order to create on-brand product with the best sellable opportunities for the brand". 

Thanks again for your time and for the opportunity to compete. Best wishes to the entire Blueprint community for a happy and safe holiday.

Anna Marie Bower


Anna Rose Yoken 

Hello Blueprint!

My name is Anna Rose Yoken, and I am a 27 year old American freelance illustrator who has fallen in love with designing and producing beautiful objects. I went to School of Visual Arts in NYC, graduated with a BFA in illustration in 2013, but I currently live in southern California. For a number of years after that, I worked part time as a barista and cocktail waitress while self-publishing my own art books and zines to sell online and in person at comic festivals and events. I realized at this time that my passion was designing beautiful objects and bringing them to life; so I quit my service job in 2018, and decided to focus on building out my portfolio and creating new and exciting things, both with an emphasis in surface pattern design. 

Within all of my artwork, I am always looking to explore my own relationship with femininity, accessorized and weaponized cuteness, and “women’s work”. I think textile and surface pattern design give me so much room to do this freely, as it historically has been somewhere these ideas flourish in. I would love to have an opportunity to exhibit my work at Blueprint 2019, because there is such a great chance to become part of the surface pattern design community. I not only want to reach new clients and work opportunities, but meet other artists and creators who can impact and inspire how I work and view the world. I have been able to network and meet others through the internet, but I have been dreaming of attending an actual conference and seeing all the amazing work in person. I know it would just be such a wonderful, creative, and inspiring opportunity.

Thank you in advanced for your time and consideration! My full body of work can be seen at, and I can be contacted at this email ( or the phone number (901)337-6847.

Anna Rose Yoken


Anabella Benegas

Hello! My name is Anabella Benegas, i'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I'm 32 years old and while i was studying graphic design, i discover illustration and pattern design, i haven't graduated yet, so this last year i have been trying to became a freelance surface designer. And why do i want to win this competition? I think without exagerate, it could change my life, mine and my family's. I started university in my 30s and it's been difficult, i love what i do now but being new in this career, i'm full of insecurities so maybe, if i win it will be a sing i'm in the right path.
Thank you all for this opportunity.


 Asia Sewastynovicz


Please find enclosed my three designs that I would like to submit for the Blue Print Competition May 2019.   A little bit about myself:  My name is Joanna and I’m a 37-year-old surface pattern designer based in Kraków, Poland. I work under the name Cosy Lines (please check my website and IG account on: ; @cosylines). I have started my design adventure just over a year ago when I had enrolled into the Make it In Design online course. At that point I had no idea what surface pattern and designing in general was all about, all I knew was that one day I would like to create pretty things for living. I have no formal graphic design training yet (currently brushing my technical skills at a school) so am pretty much self-thought.  So far I have completed the MIID Modules 1, 2 and 3 and I am trying to build my portfolio to reach out to the world and make the next step a reality. This is where I believe exhibiting at Blue Print would come handy . I believe it could push me into the right direction, make me realise my goals much faster and boost my motivation. Exhibiting at a show is one of my long term goals / dreams as it will mean that I will be able to showcase my work, open up and make things happen!  Thank you for reading this and I hope to hear from you  

Best regards,

Joanna Sewastynowicz @cosylines


Blenda Tyvoll

Dear Blue Print Judges,
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to show you images of my latest work and to introduce myself. My name is Blenda Tyvoll. I live near Portland, Oregon in the United States.
After obtaining a BA degree in Interior Design from Marylhurst University, I spent time as a tradition painting artist until about a year and half ago when I discovered my most recent passion, illustration and art licensing.
At first I had no clue how to paint digitally or create a pattern. But there is this amazing online community of illustrators and designers who opened my eyes to workshops and courses on how to make art for the art licensing market.
Now that I understand the process and built a portfolio of work, I'm ready for the next big step ...exhibiting at a trade show. After careful research Blue Print is the show that I've gotten the best feedback on. Winning this competition would be a dream come true. I see it's as a great way to meet potential clients, make new friends and stay informed about the latest market trends.
Thank you again and Happy Holidays!
My best,


Brenna Tedesco

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Brenna Tedesco and I am an illustrator living in Burlington, Massachusetts. I’m a senior who will be graduating this spring from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. I attended my first Blueprint show last spring with a professor and was immediately captivated. It was a truly amazing experience to see so many successful artists making work in line with what I wanted to create. To win this competition would definitely be a dream come true and an incredible kick off to my career as a professional artist. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Best Wishes,
Brenna Tedesco 



Christina McInerney

Hi There Blueprint

Please find attached 3 pieces for my entry in the Blueprint Competition for 2019. 

I am currently in the process of developing a dedicated website on which to showcase my work. My current contacts are this email address, plus a landline number +44 1277 821987, and a mobile number, +44739 485 7233. I am based in the UK.

I would love to win a spot at Blueprint 2019 because it is a new and innovative show, and is naturally generating a lot of interest. It would be a privilege to have the opportunity to exhibit alongside other artists, and perhaps even to get to know some of them a little better and make some contacts for the future. Blueprint attracts the calibre of businesses that I would love to do some work for.

Thank you for running such a competition, and also for taking the time to read my email.

Christina McInerney


Cynthia Jacquette

Name: Cynthia Jacquette
Country: USA
Currently Living: Los Angeles, California
Age: 48
Graduated from: California Institute of Arts
Course: Graphic Design
Since graduation: Working full time as a graphic designer, recently went freelance to pursue surface design.
Why I want to win this competition:
Exhibiting at Blueprint will help me to jumpstart my freelance career in surface design. I have been hard at work taking classes and developing a style for the last 3 years while working full time at in-house graphic design agencies. Four months ago, I decided to start freelancing so that I can focus on making a living with surface design. I have been told that my work makes people smile and that they feel so happy when they see it so I would like to share that sunshine! 

Personal information: Originally from Long Island, New York, I have never lived far from a coast. I live in Los Angeles with my husband in a quiet nook 10 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles. I draw inspiration from the sea (naturally), the California landscape, ‘80s pop culture, and maps. I love travelling, cooking and being cozy with a good book. I dream of one day having a giant cactus garden in my backyard.


Danelle Van Eeden

Hi there

I realized that I submitted my designs all in CMYK instead of RGB mode. Could you please ignore them as sent earlier today, as I have now attached the correct RGB designs.

My sincere apologies.

Kind regards,

082 457 8967


Danielle Ryland 


My name is Danielle Kinley Ryland - - and I have attached 3 of my surface designs that best represent my style for the 2019 Blueprint competition. I live in Vista, California, USA, and am 31 years old. I graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a degree in Film. I played collegiate softball and went on to play professionally and overseas. This led me to coaching and instructing kids in athletics since graduation. My husband and I had our first baby in 2014 and our next in 2015 which inspired me to start drawing again, which I hadn't done since high school. I started out drawing simple black and white nursery prints for my own kids and eventually found and fell in love with surface design. 

This would be an incredible opportunity for me as I recently gave up coaching and have fully committed to becoming a surface designer/illustrator. I am completely self-taught (well internet taught) and have been grinding for the last year to improve my skill and style. While there is always room to improve, I am at a point where I am really happy with my style and feel it represents me and my perspective well. I am a stay at home mom and it is really important for me to raise my kids but also for them to see me follow my heart and my dreams. Being able to be a part of BluePrint would be an amazing way to show them that you can live the life you imagine when you work for it and believe in it. 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration! 

All the best, 

Danielle Kinley Ryland 


Efrat Ward

My name is Efrat Ward, I live in Israel and I am 37 years old. In 2006 I graduated with a B Design in Visual Communications Design (Specializing in Printed Media) from Holon Institute of Technology (HIT). After graduating I lived in the US for a year, got married, moved back to Israel, worked with my father in his organizational consulting business, went back to school for a MA in Curriculum Design from Tel Aviv University, worked as a research assistant, co-invented a printable golf tool kit, became a mom, decided to quite my research assistant job in favor of homeschooling my daughter, had my second daughter, founded a moms-at-home group at a nearby community center, and had my third daughter. Throughout these years I was dreaming about having my own pattern design business, but I was never sure how or where to begin. I kept buying books about pattern and textile design, and collected pieces of fabric and paper that made my heart happy, but I did not get to do much else with them besides the occasional quilt or wedding card.
This year, after the birth of my third daughter, I felt a strong need to give space for my dream to realize. Through a difficult and important process of focusing I could finally put the love I have for pattern and illustration above the rest of the noise competing for my attention. As a family we made time for me to work on this new career path. I started to refresh my technical skills and more importantly, I began looking at my everyday life with new eyes, searching for inspiration, taking pictures and sketching on my walks outside with the girls, enjoying the urban nature around us. Finishing my first pattern felt amazing and it affirmed to me that I made the right choice. After completing my first collection and seeing it printed on fabric I ordered from spoonflower I stayed up the whole night visualizing ideas and possibilities.
The next step I'm working on right now is figuring out how to present my patterns and share them with the world. Winning this competition will be an incredible way for me to do that. Showing at Blueprint will allow me to actually witness the expressions on people's faces as they see my patterns, a rare opportunity in today's online world. This person to person interaction can teach me greatly on how my designs can serve others and be used to manifest their own ideas and products. I would also love the chance to meet and get to know fellow designers, see their work and be part of a community. I imagine Blueprint as an exciting pattern party where people get together to celebrate their love for pattern, illustration and design, where I would love to make my first jump into the water.  
Thank you so much for the opportunity to put all this in writing <3


Emma Repp


I'm Emma Repp, an artist and illustrator in Seattle, and have been working for myself for a year. I graduated from the University of Michigan, where I studied Printmaking.

I work primarily on illustrative works in a fine art concept, but I love patterns and am looking to continue to working toward making them my primary. Getting to exhibit at Blueprint would give me a chance to make that happen. 

Emma Repp


Harriet Harker

Harriet Harker
Brighton , United Kingdom
Age: 30
Graduated from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Designs 'Make It In Design' course.
Since finishing the Make It In Design courses I have been working towards creating a fully fleshed out portfolio with an aim to start approaching potential agents and clients from Jan 2019. I have also had manufactured some batches of printed stationary products featuring my designs which I've been selling through an Etsy shop.
I would like to win the Blueprint competition as after working hard towards starting a career in surface pattern design I'm now ready and confident in myself and my work to be immersed fully in the world of patterns. Since deciding to move away from working in horticulture to becoming a designer my passion has only grown and grown. As this would be my first trade show booth the boutique feel and intimate atmosphere at Blueprint would make the experience less intimidating as a newbie and give me a super kick start which would be utterly invaluable. The community of pattern designers is so inspiring and helpful I simply can't wait to be a part of it. 


Jacqui Mulvagh 

Dear BluePrint competition judges,  
Please find attached three of my designs. I hope you enjoy considering them.   
I’m mum to four young children. My youngest started school this September and after 12 years
of childcare it’s time for me again. I have always loved drawing, and I’m looking forward to seeing 
my designs come to life on products and stationery. Three years ago I had a light bulb moment 
when I realised that my drawings and designs don’t need to be limited to paper, so I set about 
learning the skills I need and updating my computer skills. I would love the chance to exhibit at
BluePrint. I would find it quite financially hard to achieve on my own. I officially became self 
employed again in September and I’m excited to see what I can achieve in the coming years. 
I live in the Isle of Man with my husband and four children.  Unfortunately my iMac has decided 
that it’s had enough and has started it’s Christmas holidays early. Needless to say the time couldn’t 
be worse for me! I have pulled these pictures from my messages and my Facebook page. I hope 
they will suffice in the absence of access to my computer files, and sending from my iPad.   
Kind regards Jacqui Mulvagh  
43 Royal Avenue 
West Onchan 
Isle of Man 


Jule Richter 

Dear Blueprint-Team,

My name is Jule and I would like to take part of the Blueprint Competition 2019. 
I’m a 27 year old graphic designer and illustrator, currently living in Berlin. I've studied communication and graphic design at the academy of arts in Hennef near Cologne where i specialised in painting and illustration. At the end of 2015 Berlin became my new home. Here i work as a graphic designer for an advertisement agency and also develop my own projects.

From patterns and botanical motifs to one line art and drawing faces – my work is diverse but always displays my own and unique style. Winning the Blueprint Competition 2019 would mean a lot to me. It would open so many new opportunities to realize my dream of living on what i love – illustration. 

Please find attached my three designs. I’m curios about your feedback and wish you a good decision making.

Best wishes


Kate Davis 


Kate Disbrow

Enclosed are my three designs for the 2019 Blueprint competition.

My story:
Hi, my name is Kate Disbrow. I am 33 years old, and you can find me creating and painting up a storm in a small, rural town an hour outside of Cleveland, Ohio. 
I do not have a traditional art and design education and am mostly self-taught.  
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.  I have always loved art and had wanted to attend art school but the cost and the little voice in my head that told me, “Kate, you can’t make a living doing art,” had me taking up the scholarship I was offered to attend Georgia Tech.  I received a Bachelors of Science in Business from Georgia Tech in 2007 and then moved to Washington, DC for a job.
Fast forward to 10 years later, I found myself using my graphic design know-how in political communications and freelance web design. With a daily front row seat in the non-stop bickering that is American politics, my soul just couldn’t take it one more day, and I ghosted my old life. (well, not totally but I started my career over, I just think this sounds more fun!)
I set out to use my love of design and experience in communications to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits with their world-domination plans.
But, I was spending so much time behind a computer I realized something still wasn’t right. I picked up my art supplies and started creating. 
In August 2018, I discovered the world of surface design and participated in MIID summer school program. The ideas & inspiration kept coming in. I kept drawing painting and I haven’t stopped.
After spending 10 years working in politics, my designs are anything but serious.
I give you my abridged life history as a glimpse as to what motivates and inspires my designs.
Life is too short not to be doing what you love and we only get this one shot. I’ve never been happier and finally feel like I am truly living and celebrating life.
Please help me show the world what I can do and pick me for Blueprint 2019!!
Kate Disbrow


Kate Herbert

Hi there, 

Thank you for reviewing my art! I’m a UK based designer / illustrator and I’m fairly new to the professional world of surface design as I only became self-employed in August this year, although I had been building towards this for some time. My degree (from the University of Leeds) was in Theatre Design, however, I knew early on that it wasn’t the right fit for me as an artist and it wasn’t until a few years after graduating in 2008 that I discovered surface pattern design. Since then, I’ve thrown myself into learning everything I can about this amazing industry and I've been taking online courses and building my portfolio around a full time job. I finally took the plunge and decided to go full time in August and I’m loving every single minute of it! Exhibiting at Blueprint would feel like a surreal, but wonderful dream! I’ve never exhibited at a show before and showing my work at Blueprint is absolutely on my list of goals.

My style is eclectic but there are common threads throughout. I’m drawn to nature, quirky characters and a mixture of hand painted and digital mediums so I have tried to reflect that in my selection of work here.

I’m 33 years old, I have never been represented by a studio or agent. I have a young son and after focusing on my small family for the past few years, it feels like everything is coming together and it’s now my time to put myself out there as an artist.

Thank you again for your time, I really hope you enjoy my work. 

Kind regards, 

Kate Herbert


Katya Rozz 


Kelsey Dahl 

Hello Blueprint,

My name is Kelsey Dahl, I'm 22 years old, currently living in Farmington Hills, Michigan in the United States. I graduated from College for Creative Studies where I studied Illustration. Been working on building my portfolio for surface design, reaching out to different companies with my work, and taking on other commissions ever since. It would be a dream come true to win this competition. I would love a chance to showcase the work that I put my heart and soul into and am I dying for people to see. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.

With a hopeful wave, Kelsey Dahl


Lara Nedeltscheff

Name: Lara G. Nedeltscheff
Name I design art under: LaraGeorgine 
Contact Phone #'s: H: 516-922-6839 / C: 917-334-1556
Address: 10 Garden Street, Bayville New York, 11709
Social Links:
Facebook @lara.georgine
Website (although currently under renovations):

Why I would like to exhibit:
I’m looking to exhibit at Blueprint to open new opportunities to build at least a few key relationships with dynamic brands that are constantly looking for inspiration and exclusive design concepts.  I'm also looking to find opportunities to discuss creative visions that need artwork to fulfil their needs. I strongly feel that the opportunity to show at Blueprint would help me meet professionals in the industry, learn skills that I don't know I need yet, and open my eyes to the next level of where I could go with my artwork. I believe in the power of patterns and design and the ability this kind of art has to add personality and depth to products. 

Thank you for the opportunity to be considered!
Happy Holidays and Merry New Year!


Lauren Blair

Dear Judges - 

I am so pleased to apply for the 2019 Blueprint Competition. I am a 27-year-old artist with a passion for the environment living and working in Portland, Oregon. I make colorful illustrations that seek to highlight the intricacies, beauty, and natural artistry of the outdoors. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Rochester in Upstate New York where I studied both Studio Art and Ecology. Since graduating, I have worked in many different roles in the art industry - as a letterpress printer, a collegiate gallery manager, a shop keep, a studio manager and assistant for several independent artists, and a handmade retail buyer and merchandiser. Through it all, art making in celebration of the natural world has remained my passion. I have always been an artist. 

My many years working in the arts has taught me so much about what it takes to run a successful art business. I spent that time waiting in the wings, learning from other artists, forums, and social media about the paths I could one day pursue professionally. Throughout that period, like many others at this stage in their career, I spent a lot of time waiting for some moment of readiness to truly take on a career as a working artist - some magical win, a more well rounded portfolio, a bigger job. But what I've come to realize in the last year is that I'll never feel truly ready, so I might as well leap. I've begun to work as an illustrator part time over the last year, and I plan to take on illustration, licensing, and fine art full time in 2019. 

Exhibiting at Blueprint would be exactly the catalyst I need to jumpstart my career in surface design and licensing. Not only would it give me a large audience for my work at this very formative stage in my career - it would also provide me with more direction and drive moving forward. I would be over the moon to show my portfolio amongst people I admire and appreciate for all they have taught me, and I'd be eager to continue to learn from the insight and connections I'd find at Blueprint. I have so much momentum and unwavering optimism in my ability to build a life as a working artist already - but showing at Blueprint is a dream that I would be so lucky to work toward. 

Thank you so much for considering my application and taking the time to look at my work. What people like you do for young artists is astounding and so appreciated.


lauren blair
artist & illustrator 


Lauren Lesley

Hello Blue Print!

Thank you so much for considering my work for the 2019 May NYC Show.  

I received a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in oil painting from Converse College in 2007.  From there, I received a digital design degree from the Art Institute and served as a Graphic Designer for 4 years.  I then went on to become a Textile Designer and have been designing rugs and soft textiles for home decor for the last 7 years.  My rugs have sold in stores such as Anthropologie and Target as well as E-commerce sites like One King's Lane.

I have recently started my own design business under Lauren Lesley Studio, LLC.  It is my dream to license prints and patterns under my own name and would absolutely love to show at Blue Print in May 2019!  

I've never shown my own collection before, I am not represented by a studio or agent, and all artwork entered is my own.

I currently reside in Birmingham, AL (recently moved from Atlanta, GA) in the United States and I am 33 years old.  To learn a little more about my history, please watch this YouTube video!

I've included 2 versions of my designs - with and without my logo.  Please let me know if you need anything else!

Sincerely Lauren Lesley


Liliana Perez Rojas

Hello everyone!! My name is Liliana Pérez Rojas. I am from Bogotá, Colombia and I’m currently living here. I’m 30 years old but look 10 years younger!! (Family genes luck!)

I studied Industrial Design here in Bogotá at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. At 8th semester I won the privilege, among other students, to go to Italy and make a double degree agreement at the Politecnico di Torino. There I did a Master of Science in Eco-design. During this period I started to be more confident about myself and decided to start illustrating almost everything around me. After 2 years and a half of living abroad, I came back to my country and applied to different jobs just to have some money while I figured out what I wanted to do with my life.

During 3 years I worked in a marketing enterprise as designer. In a restaurant as graphic and interior designer. I tried to started my own business but didn’t succeed that time. I took a lot of online courses such as Make art that sells with Lilla Rogers and some Surface Pattern Design courses in Creativelive with Bonnie Christine, just to mention some. Then I came back to the marketing enterprise and stayed there until I decided to start my own brand with my sister and my brother in law.

I’ve been working on my own brand almost 2 years ago and I’m really happy illustrating everyday and putting all my illustrations into different products of stationary, homedecor and accessories. That is why I want to win this competition with all my heart! As an artist, I have notice that people really like what I do. As I learned in one of the courses I made, people really buy your joy. And that is what makes me smile every day. As an entrepreneur I’m starting to notice that what I’m doing with my brand is growing and people are staring to pay more attention to my style. It is not easy to succeed in this business; there is so much talent and so much to learn!! That is why I want my art to cross boarders and to show what I am capable of in the whole world and learn more everyday!! I trust myself and I know I can achieve really big things!! That is why I want to be in the Blueprint show next May 2019. I can do this. I really know I can!!!

Thank you for this opportunity!!! A big hug for you all from my beautiful and inspiring Colombia (as you will see in my entries) :)

@lilianaperezro @ailefabricadediseno 

Liliana Pérez Rojas
Diseñadora Industrial 
M.A. Ecodiseño
Cel: 318 5864420


 Manni Singh 


Melissa Shaw


My name is Melissa Lee, I’m 29 years old, and I live in California, USA. I graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in winter of 2013. I majored in studio art with a focus in electronic arts, so I learned the basics of Photoshop, animation, and 3D modeling there. I really value my time there, but I graduated without knowing what I wanted to do with my art professionally. Ultimately, despite encouragement from a few of my favorite teachers, I couldn’t justify the expense of art schools, so I decided to forgo a master’s degree. I still had (and have) such a strong desire to continue learning and honing my skills, though, so I decided to look for more affordable, alternative sources of learning and try different things. 

I love character design, so I interned at a video game company for two years doing character art and discovered that I really only like making my own characters. At the end of the day, the internship left me feeling completely drained and unwilling to draw anything for myself, and it had nothing to do with the wonderful company that I interned for. I was prepared to give up on pursuing a career that involved drawing altogether because I would have rather had a standard 8-5 than risk turning my favorite hobby into something that felt like work. 
Along the way, though, I found online sources of learning such as SkillshareMake It In Design, and Bonnie Christine's Surface Pattern Design Immersion (to name only a few), and they changed my life. No, really. They did. Online learning helped me hone in on something that I'm really good at, is marketable, and doesn't feel like work to me: surface pattern design.

Which is not to say that it's not hard work, because oh boy, it is. I've spent the last four years learning Adobe Illustrator and developing my signature design style to a point where I finally feel confident selling it. It feels vulnerable to share that I don't have a lot to show for it yet, but that's a strong yet. Since discovering my love of making patterns, the market has become more and more saturated with up-and-coming designers, and that can be pretty intimidating, but I truly believe that there is room for all of us who have determination and drive. 
For the past two years, I have been seriously considering signing up for a booth space at various design trade shows, but I haven’t been able to commit to anything due to not being able to afford it. Blue Print is the show I’m most excited about hopefully exhibiting at someday, not just because it’s so affordable in comparison to all the other big shows, but because I appreciate that the focus is on new designers. Whatever the outcome of this competition, I’m hoping you’ll see me in New York (or San Francisco) in 2020! Thank you for the opportunity and take care! 

All the best,