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Are you a...

Surface Pattern Designer

...looking for a community to support and guide you?

Look no further! Our member-based community provides mentorship and resources for artists at all stages of their careers. Whether you're just starting out or already established, our community is here to support you. Connect with other artists who speak your language and share your passion for creating and licensing patterns. Take advantage of industry-leading resources to improve your skills and grow your career. And most importantly, feel supported and encouraged every step of the way.


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Are you feeling like...

 you don't really know if there is room for you in this industry

  you don't have the technical skills to create repeat patterns

 you have no idea how to find and reach out to potential clients

 you feel a little lost and need support and direction

Wanting to put all that in your rearview mirror?


✓  Tutorials to help you build your creative and technical skills.

 Support & encouragement from Mel and fellow creatives

  Challenges designed to push you forward

  Walkthroughs of Mel's process to creating patterns

 Live meetups and q & a's

 Constructive critique

 and so, so, so much more...


I recommend this course to artists with a serious interest in surface design. It is the most comprehensive course I have taken.

- Anne

Absolutely loved The Art and Joy of Surface Pattern Design course. It helped me find the Joy in pattern design again!

- Judy

"A must-have course! The content is awesome and detailed! I must say huge thanks for sharing the transcript as well; most helpful for non-native speakers and hearing impaired!!!" 

- Eleni

You may be wondering



In this space, you can create a post to introduce yourself, ask a question or ask for feedback. Anyone can comment and provide feedback. Mel will create posts here regularly covering a number of topics to keep the conversation going.


Everyone loves a good resource. Mel will post here regularly with educational tutorials and videos she creates and other useful resources, but feel free to add your own juicy finds.


An art challenge can be a great way for any artist to improve their skills and build a body of work. It can even be a fairly social activity. Mel will be creating a number of art & business challenges to keep you motivated. Some challenges also involve prizes!!


Enjoy live Q&A sessions right here in the community. Mel can provide you with tips on surface pattern design, social media and the business side of the industry.

Hey there,

I'm Mel

I'm an award-winning Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer from the coolest capital in the world, Wellington, New Zealand.

I’m excited to introduce you to an industry that changed my life.  If you’re a painter, an artist, a doodler, or a digital artist, you are about to step into a whole new realm that will change your life, your confidence, your income and your future.

To say this is a dream career is an understatement!

My clients have included Spotlight (AUS/NZ), Lilipinso, Walnut Shoes, Auzou, American Greetings, Hallmark, and Graphique de France

Surface Pattern Design also catapulted my career in children’s picture book illustration. With that, I've been incredibly lucky to work with publishers such as Scholastic UK, Harper Collins, and Random Penguin House, just to name a few.

Surface Pattern Design is an exciting industry with room for you and your unique style.

Sharing what I know and what I've learned over the years is something I'm passionate about. I love nothing more than seeing my students grow and succeed in growing their creative businesses. Lilla Rogers, an art agent in the US, says, "people buy your joy".  I believe this to be true.  If you're passionate about what you do, you will not fail.  The opportunities in this industry are endless.

Join the Learn with Mel community of other creatives who are now following their dreams and building their careers with confidence.

Any of this sound familiar?

  You need accountability! It can be challenging to find the time and motivation at times.

  You seek guidance and constructive feedback that will provide you with a realistic game plan.

You desire a safe environment where you can feel a sense of belonging and receive support from others who share your eagerness to grow and develop.

✓ You are seeking guidance in a saturated art world. 

What are you waiting for?

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.

- Dorothy Parker


Join the Learn with Mel community of other Surface Pattern Designers who have gained the skills and confidence to take their career to the next level.

You may be wondering...


 Content hub
 Community space
 Curated industry resources
 Interest groups
 Price locked in for as long as you remain a member

I'm Ready!

 Content hub
 Community space
 Curated industry resources
 Interest groups
 Price locked in for as long as you remain a member

Sounds Great!