Patternbank Trend: New Age


Here is a new design done for an upcoming trend for Spring Summer 2020 – Vibrant Tie Dye, highly saturated, psychedelic prints are going to be popular. See all my trend driven, commercial womenswear fashion print designs on Patternbank.

Exciting News! I am now a Textile Designer for Patternbank!

I am very excited to share that I have been accepted to license my designs through, Patternbank the the world’s leading textile design studio for print, pattern, and trend forecasting! From now on I will be primarily focusing all my creative energy towards commercial womenswear prints and patterns. This is my favorite market to design for, so I am looking forward to tracking trends and seasonal directions for this area, and creating patterns that clients are looking for.  I will keep you updated as I add exclusive Patternbank designs for sale through their website!






Peacocks, and snails, and flowers! Oh my!

The making of a hand drawn “Indienne Floral” pattern….

After drawing my inspiration from old and new resources, trend research, and my personal flair, I begin drawing pencil motifs that I think I would like to use. Birds, flowers, leaves, bugs… these are all good icons for an Indienne Floral.


I wanted to have a painterly look, so I used a brush pen. I buy these at my local Art Supply Depot store, here in Bowling Green, Ohio! They are nice to give a clean dark line, with a flare of painting style. IMG_20190129_170237_3451


Once my motifs are lined, I scan them into my computer. layout

I also made a rough layout to get the flow of the branches going for a seamless repeat.thumbnail_Resized_20190202_111759_5195

For this pattern I chose to use Adobe Illustrator, and here I used my Wacom Intuous Pro tablet to “paint” my drawings digitally.



I decided an array of purples and blues would look quite appealing and this is now the final pattern put into seamless repeat.





Product Mock Ups – Ninkybink Patterns

One of the more delightful moments for any pattern designer is getting to see your patterns in their end use on products. I like to create mock ups of my designs and imagine how they might be used in the fashion marketplace. Here are some of my imagined ideas. You know you are keeping true to yourself (your own personal aesthetic and style) when you see the mock ups and think, I would LOVE to own that!


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I feel the same joy about a new year as I do a new blank pretty sketchbook. Excited to fill it, hopefully with my best efforts, but realistic that it can’t be perfect on every page. Actually,  I started this Ninkybink website as a new year’s resolution in 2002 (boy was is a raw website in 2002!). I quite love new year’s and new goals!


1.) This year I would like to continue to build and refine my surface pattern portfolio. I would like to find an agent, or to get into a licensing platform like Patternbank. Also I would like to create more products for my shop, and not just create them, but sell them.  I have a certain amount of $ I need to make in order to cut back my day job. If I can get closer to that (be it from goal 1 or goal 2) , I consider it big progress! (Hopefully Wayfair vs. South Dakota issue will get resolved before it ruins microbusiness)

2.) Additionally, outside of my Ninkybink business, I run an Amazon FBA business selling home goods. It is a very small business, but I like how it is going and I hope to add another profitable product this year to my inventory (especially inventory with my own prints on them!).

3.) I have gone from a marathon runner, and gym enthusiast throughout my 20’s – and first 3 years of 30’s, to hardly working out. I am so  sleep-deprived-exhausted from waking up at 4:10 am (and going to bed too late, if I’m honest), and then trying to work on my art (and everything else), that I have skipped out on health. I would like to be more mindful this year. Even if it is taking a walk 3 days a week. A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest.

4.) I want to keep up and refine my minimalism journey. Celebrate the “joy of one”. One favorite sweatshirt, no more than that one. Just take care of it. Apply that idea of purposefulness with most belongings that I enjoy owning. Does it spark joy or add value? If not, it’s out. Also, I want to keep doing the project 333 wardrobe challenge. I have found great value in minimalism this year.

Also I just want to keep up the things that are going well. :)

Happy New Year!

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