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  1. Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of words

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    Get stuck into a good novel, read more to your children, flip through a magazine, start a journal, write a story of your own… what will this inspire you to do this weekend?

    Download a hi-res version here.

     

     

  2. An invitation to discover the power of storytelling

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    Some of my earliest and most treasured memories are of being tucked up in bed, listening to mum or dad read to me. I couldn’t wait for story time because I knew I’d get to spend time in some magical fantasy faraway land before drifting off to sleep.

    It is in our DNA to love a good story. These words, in an advert by Sky Atlantic, summarise just why stories can be so powerful: “Stories, we all spend our lives telling them, about this, about that, about people… but some, some stories are so good we wish they’d never end. They’re so gripping that we’ll go without sleep just to see a little bit more. Some stories bring us laughter and sometimes they bring us tears… but isn’t that what a great story does - Makes you feel? Stories that are so powerful… they really are with us forever.”

    Today we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of words, unleash your creativity and discover the power of a good story for yourself. Here’s how:

    1)    Dive into the book you’ve been meaning to read for weeks

    2)    Take a trip to your local library, browse to your heart’s content and be inspired

    3)    Put pen to paper and write! A short story, your very first blog post, begin that best seller!

    4)    Visit your local bookstore and treat yourself to a new read

    5)    Make a cuppa, relax and enjoy that audio book

    6)    Write a book review, send it to your local newspaper or magazine and see what happens!

    Need some more inspiration? Watch filmmaker Andrew Stanton’s TED talk.

    “Storytelling is medicine for the spirit and healing for the soul.” - Linda Goss

     

  3. 2014 Global Talent Search now open!

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    The 2014 Global Talent Search is back and open for entries. This is an incredible opportunity for artists – be sure to check it out as it could just transform your career! We are proud to produce this on behalf of Lilla Rogers Studio, one of the top art agencies in the world. This is what Lilla Rogers has to say about this year’s competition…

    Every year we get thousands of artists approaching us for representation, so last year we launched our Global Talent Search to find hot new talent – and the competition is back!

    Make art? Got talent? Want one of the TOP agents in the world to represent … YOU?

    The second annual Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search is here! 

    Somebody’s going to win. Why not you?

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  4. PaperLove begins today

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    Fancy doing something completely different to flex your creative muscles, give you a reason to dive into your crafty stash, and make books, boxes and other projects out of the king of materials – paper? If you are looking for a very subtle way to explore your own story, a fun way to rediscover your creativity or a new way to find a creative community, PaperLove might just be for you. This delicious papery online experience begins today, and there is a world of paper all ready for you to unwrap.
    Find out more and book your last minute place here!
  5. We’re hiring!

    We’re hiring! Our sister site MakeItInDesign.com is growing fast and we are looking for a lovely, highly-organised person to join our friendly team as…

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    This is an exciting opportunity to join a small, friendly and dynamic team which supports designers across the world through the provision of education, resources and opportunities including The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design online courses, MOYO Magazine and the MOYO Directory. Please note this is not a design position, but the perfect candidate will be passionate about design and creativity, and be excited to work within a creative team. Make It In Design is a collaboration between Do What You Love and Rachael Taylor Designs.

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    Location: Brighton, UK (primarily remote working but weekly meeting in Brighton)

    Salary: Competitive (will be discussed at interview with shortlisted candidates)

    Hours: Full time (35 hours) flexible

    Application deadline: Midnight GMT Thursday 12 June - late or incomplete applications will not be considered

    Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Thursday 26 June.

    Interviews will take place in Brighton on Thursday 3 July

    Start date: As soon as possible

    Click here for the full job description, application form and submission details.

    If this sounds like the right role for you please be sure to apply – or pass it on to anyone who you think would love this opportunity! (Please send them to http://www.makeitindesign.com/jobs)

  6. MOYO Magazine issue 6 is out – get your free copy here!

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    Inside Issue 6 (which is completely free) you can find:

    • Behind the scenes with DENY Designs
    • Product photography with navyblur
    • Quincy Lamps on lighting
    • Top tips from the Design Trust
    • Design showcases from our talented students

    PLUS: Product inspiration from Tree Couture, Guirado Design and Susy Pilgrim Waters

  7. Spring Sale on design courses

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    For one week only we are offering a massive discount on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design for anyone making a significant investment in their design career over the coming year:

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    Book Modules 1 + 2 and

    get Module 3 FREE! 

    Available for LESS THAN HALF PRICE at £379 (saving a massive £428 compared to purchasing each module individually, and saving £260 off the regular bundle price of £639).

    This offer is valid for the following courses only and is not transferable:

    Ready to kick start your career as a surface pattern designer?

    FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER NOW!

    This very special offer ends Friday May 30, 2014 and will not be repeated this year!

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    Book Modules 1 + 2 + 3 and

    get Module 4 FREE!

    Available for LESS THAN HALF PRICE at £639 (saving a massive £747 compared to purchasing each module individually, and saving £360 off the regular bundle price of £999).

    This offer is valid for the following courses only and is not transferable:

    Ready to kick start your career as a surface pattern designer?

    FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER NOW!

    Instalment plan available: You can opt to pay in three instalments of £213 when registering. You will be asked to pay £213 at the time of registration, then £213 at a further two monthly intervals after that.

    This very special offer ends Friday May 30, 2014 and will not be repeated this year!

    PLEASE NOTE: The Spring Sale is only for bundled registrations of multiple courses. All individual courses will go on sale once the Spring Sale has finished. Thank you for your understanding! 

  8. Join us for our new FREE Design Summer School!

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    Fill your Summer with inspiration and creativity, by joining the Make It In Design* Summer School – for FREE! There are three options – beginner, intermediate and advanced. Please feel free to sign up for one or more options, and use this opportunity to stretch yourself and grow your portfolio. (*This is brought to you by Do What You Love and designer Rachael Taylor)

    This is what you get:

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    • Three creative exercises* to inspire new sketches and simple patterns (*One exercise every two weeks for six weeks)
    • Downloadable guide ‘Top tips for getting started in surface pattern design’
    • Access to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other designers taking the MIID Summer School
    • Exclusive downloadable wallpaper
    • Chance to win a free place in Module 1 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

    Beginners will be able to tackle the briefs either on the computer (Illustrator/Photoshop) or traditionally off the computer. Please note this Summer School does not include any technical guidance.

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    • Three creative exercises* to help you explore new colour choices in your patterns (*One exercise every two weeks for six weeks)
    • Three downloadable colour palettes to try
    • Access to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other designers taking the MIID Summer School
    • Exclusive downloadable wallpaper
    • Chance to win a free place in Module 2 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

    The intermediate creative briefs will be aimed at Illustrator/Photoshop users. Please note this Summer School does not include any technical guidance.

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    • Three creative exercises* to help you build your portfolio with product mockups featuring your patterns (*One exercise every two weeks for six weeks)
    • Two downloadable rights-free stock photography images and one downloadable rights-free room set for you to use
    • Access to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other designers taking the MIID Summer School
    • Exclusive downloadable wallpaper
    • Chance to win a free place in Module 3 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

    The advanced creative briefs will be aimed at Illustrator/Photoshop users. Please note this Summer School does not include any technical guidance.

    Here’s how it works:

    (1) Register by clicking on the track of your choice and filling in the simple form  (you are welcome to join more than one track if you wish)

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    (2) On Monday July 28 2014 you will be sent your first creative brief.

    - If you want to be included in our online public gallery you will need to submit your work by Thursday 7 August.

    - The gallery will go live on Friday 8 August and we will share it widely on social media

     

    (3) On Monday 11 August you will be sent your second creative brief.

    -       If you want to be included in our online public gallery you will need to submit your work by Thursday 21 August.

    -       The gallery will go live on Friday 22 August and we will share it widely on social media

     

    (4) On Monday 25 August you will be sent your first creative brief.

    - If you want to be included in our online public gallery you will need to submit your work by Thursday 4 September.

    - The gallery will go live on Friday 5 September and we will share it widely on social media

     

    (5) On Friday 5 September we will publish a round up on www.makeitindesign.com/blog with links to all the galleries and an announcement of the giveaway winners.

    PLUS We will feature a round up of our favourite entries in the October edition of MOYO Magazine!

    Giveaway details

    Everyone submitting work to the gallery for all three creative briefs in their track (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced) will be entered into a draw to win a free place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design as follows:

    -       One person from the Beginner track will win a free place on Module 1 ‘Designing your way’, starting October 27 2014

    -       One person from the Intermediate track will win a free place on Module 2 ‘Creating your professional identity’, starting October 27 2014

    -       One person from the Advanced track will win a free place on Module 3 ‘Monetising your designs’, starting January 12, 2015

     

    Sound good? Join us!

    Click on the buttons below depending on which track you want to join. Please note you are welcome to join more than one track (they are all free) but you will need to register for each one separately.

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  9. What if you changed what you put first?

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    Tomorrow I turn 37. I love birthdays, not just because it’s time to celebrate, but because it’s a good moment to take stock and think about how I want the next year to feel. Ahead of this birthday I have been thinking about this a fair bit, and have been wondering how different things would be if I changed what I prioritise.

    Of course with a young family, their needs will naturally come first, and it goes without saying that I absolutely love spending time with Mr K and little Sienna. But after that, in the pockets of time and space left over, what should I put first?

    The truth is I usually put work first. I love what I do and that is fine, but lately I have been working far too much, to the point that it has become my default thing to do in any spare moment. (Zen for Ten in April helped, but my to-do list is still far too long!)

    So what to do? I have decided to try reframing things and choosing to put something else, not work, first. I have been asking myself questions like…

    • How would things be different if, when you had spare time, you put HAVING FUN first?
    • If you put NUTRITION first?
    • If you put EXERCISE first?
    • If you put CREATIVITY first?
    • If you put WRITING IN YOUR JOURNAL first?
    • If you put SLEEPING first?
    • If you put MAKING YOURSELF PRESENTABLE first?
    • If you put READING first?
    • If you put BEAUTIFYING YOUR SPACE first?
    • If you put LEARNING THINGS first?
    • If you put PLANNING first?
    • If you put SAVING first?
    • If you put INVESTING first?
    • If you put LISTENING first?
    • If you put KINDNESS first?
    • If you put WANDERING AIMLESSLY + DREAMING first?

    There are so many words I could put in the gap of ‘If you put [XXX] first?’ Tomorrow, on my birthday, I’m going to spend some time deciding which one of these to try on, to try out, and see how it goes.

    How about you? What will you put first in the spare pockets of time you have this week?
    Beth

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    PS If you want to put CREATIVITY first I’d really encourage you to join Bloom True – the online painting (& life) course from Flora Bowley which starts on May 12. It’s an amazing personal adventure, and the daily posts for the five weeks of class are the perfect way to help you put your creativity first, every day, until it becomes a habit! You can register here.

  10. Encourage your friends to bloom (special Bloom True giveaway)


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    THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!

    Sometimes it takes a good friend to nudge us in the right direction, to gift us words of encouragement to help us on our way, or to show us an opportunity which will help us make a breakthrough. Know someone who could just do with such a gift?

    Flora Bowley and I are giving away TEN free places on our upcoming online course ‘Bloom True’, but to enter you have to nominate someone else! We want to give away these ten spots to ten kind, thoughtful, generous souls who could benefit from a five-week painting and life adventure.

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    Bloom True presents a groundbreaking and transformational approach to painting (and living), which celebrates intuition, connects body, mind and spirit and allows unique and expressive paintings to emerge naturally and authentically.

    Who do you know who deserves such a gift, or could truly benefit from it in their life right now?

    The prize: One place each for ten people on the course Bloom True (runs for 5 weeks from May 12 2014, delivered online*)

    *Please note the prize does not include materials which must be gathered by the person taking the course.

    How to enter: Check out the course website to find out more about it, and then leave a comment below, telling us about you and your nominee and why they deserve/need Bloom True.

    Deadline: 12 noon GMT on Wednesday 7 May 2014.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!

    Notes: The winner will be chosen based on the comments left below this post. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. This competition is open to anyone from any country over 18 years of age. The winner will be announced on this blog shortly after the deadline. Thank you and good luck!

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