Designing my first collection

If you’ve looked around this site, you know that I’m a Graphic Designer by profession.

About 5 years ago I first had the inkling that I wanted to design fabrics, giftware, papergoods and home accessories. At the time I was not aware that there was a whole industry behind such endeavors. I thought I was going to be limited to screenprinting T-shirts by hand. Looking back now, it’s like ‘Duh,’ of course there’s a whole industry! Just look around, design is EVERYWHERE. Someone has the divine job of creating all that stuff, right? Why not me?

Source: via Carter on Pinterest



It’s taken me a while to figure out how to break into this industry, but lately information seems to be everywhere! I am patiently awaiting Kim Kight’s Book, “A field Guide to Fabric Design” and I just joined the Forum over at True-Up

Source: via Yetunde on Pinterest

I have read and reread both Pattern People’s e-book and Lizzie House’s e-book


I obsessively stalk Khristian A. Howell’s site and AphrochicShop for inspiration. I also visit How about Orange religiously because she has the coolest stuff.

I get my color cues from Design Seeds and Color Collective

So now you know my secret. I am a big Design and Pattern Nerd. That’s what I’m doing when I’m not working on a project or Cooking something. I’m getting super-excited about a new trick I learned in Illustrator.

Well, I guess all my nerd-dom has paid off, because I am finally just about done with my first design collection, yay! It is my plan to offer my designs in the form of Fabrics, giftware and home accessories. I am currently working out the manufacturing, and you will be the first to be notified when it’s all ready.

7 thoughts on “Designing my first collection

    • AfroMartha says:

      Thank you Libby, for always supporting! I look forward to your blog feature…now if only I could just lay down my color selections…

  1. Amber June says:

    Good luck! I am also trying to break into the fabric/surface design industry. Opening my Spoonflower shop soon and attending Quilt Market to show my work for the third time (the charm??) 🙂 I love to see what other designers are doing and how many amazing ways different people interpret a blank surface and make it their own. I will have to keep checking in…

    • AfroMartha says:

      Hi! So good to meet a fellow designer. You seem to be further along in the process than I am…hello, Quilt Market, wow! Good luck and I hope the third time really is the charm for you. I will be sure to check out your work.

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