RECAP—Discovery Workshop with Jessica Swift

It was a packed house at Tillamook Station for our first workshop of the year. Many thanks to the talented and engaging Jessica Swift for sharing how she came to become a surface pattern designer, and answering all our questions about licensing and trade shows.

After Jessica shared her insights, we got to work drawing images for the collaborative digital pattern and carving those images into rubber blocks. The blocks were used to print onto muslin for furoshiki (Japanese cloth gift wrap) and onto paper and envelopes for stationary sets.

We scanned the drawings and Jessica demonstrated how she digitizes drawings and creates patterns from them. She used the group’s drawings to create a collaborative pattern.

Check out the recap video and see more photos from the event here and on our Facebook page.

WeMake Workshop I Jessica Swift from WeMakePDX on Vimeo.

Many thanks to Tillamook Station for hosting, to Ethan Allen Smith for photographing the event, to Robert Woodward for creating the recap video, and to Jessica for so generously sharing her insights and demonstrating her processes.