FAQ

CAMPFIRE FAQ

Is Campfire just for pattern designers?

No way! Campfire is for creative folks of all varieties. Painters, illustrators, pattern designers, and image makers of all kinds are all invited to sit around the campfire. Beginners and more seasoned artists are all welcome. Creative business owners, hobbyists, aspiring artists, dabblers…. whatever you are creatively, you’re welcome here.

The purpose of Campfire is connection. Growth. Inspiration. Honing your skills. Conversation. Support and encouragement. These themes extend far beyond the realm of pattern design!

Will I learn how to make repeat patterns of my own in Campfire?

Campfire is not designed to teach you how to make repeat patterns, but more what to do with your repeat patterns. IF you’re looking to learn how to design patterns using Illustrator and Photoshop, that’s what Pattern Camp is for!

What happens after I sign up?

You’ll receive a welcome email with details on how to get to the private Campfire website and an email containing your first month’s content. Once you’re logged into the website, you’ll be able to join the private Facebook group and check out the month’s content there as well (as well as any archived content from past months). As soon as your payment has been made, check your email to get started!

How do I get the new content each month?

New content will be delivered via email at the beginning of each month. You can also log in to the private Campfire website any time to access the current month’s content as well as the full archive of content created in past months of Campfire. (You can get to the Campfire website log in page here.)

What happens if I sign up in the middle of the month?

You’ll receive an email with the current month’s content, no matter when you sign up, and be able to log into the private Campfire website anytime while your membership is active.

What happens after I sign up for Campfire + Pattern Camp together?

You’ll receive a welcome email with details on how to get to the private Campfire website as well as to the private Pattern Camp classroom.

You’ll receive a couple of different emails containing your first month’s Campfire content as well as some important Pattern Camp course details.

Once you’re logged into the websites, you’ll be able to join the private Campfire and Pattern Camp Facebook groups and get yourself acquainted with your two new online spaces. In Campfire you’ll be able to check out the current month’s content as well as all past months’ archived content. In the Pattern Camp classroom you’ll be able to watch a welcome video from me telling you a bit about what to expect in class, Illustrator and Photoshop Primer videos, and also 6 video interviews with leading surface designers and an art licensing agent. There’s a lot you can do before class begins!

How do I log in?

You can log in to the private Campfire website here.

You can log in to the private Pattern Camp classroom here.

(You can also get to both these login pages from the ‘Members + Students’ button in the menu navigation above.)

What if I don’t yet have a creative career? Is Campfire still for me?

Absolutely! While we may talk about some things in Campfire that seem beyond your current scope, please know that you will learn SO MUCH from being here, from listening to the experts, from asking questions, and from soaking up the creativity, passion, and inspiration of this amazing group of creatives that are gathered around our virtual fire. Please join us, even if you don’t feel like you’re ready, like you’re good enough, or whatever other excuses might be playing in your mind! We need YOU.

What if I want to end my subscription?

I’d obviously be sad to see you go, but if you decide Campfire is no longer for you for whatever reason, you can simply visit this page, log in to manage your account and end your subscription there.

 

PATTERN CAMP FAQ

What supplies will I need?

– Your own computer (Mac preferred, as this is what is shown in the videos, but PC will work, too)

– Adobe Illustrator (if you don’t have the program, a 7-day free trial is available here, which you can download and install on your computer prior to the beginning of the course.) Please make sure the program is installed on your computer prior to the start of the course.

– Adobe Photoshop (if you don’t have the program, a 7-day free trial is available here, which you can download and install on your computer prior to the beginning of the course.) Please make sure the program is installed on your computer prior to the start of the course.

 High-speed internet for streaming the video lessons

– Sketchbook or looseleaf paper

– Pen and/or pencil

– Scanner, smart photo with a camera, or digital camera

– Reliable high-speed internet connection (for streaming videos)

– Wacom tablet (optional)

Will my older version of Illustrator or Photoshop work for the course? Like, CS3 or CS4?

Yes, most definitely! Any version of the program that you’ve got will work just fine for the course. All the course videos show the processes done using Adobe Illustrator CS5 and Photoshop CS5.

Will my newer version of Illustrator or Photoshop work for the course?

Absolutely, yes. Many Campers use the trial and/or Creative Cloud versions of the programs. There are some differences between them and the CS5 version that I use in the video lessons, but all differences are shown and explained, so you won’t be lost or confused.

I’ve never used Illustrator and/or Photoshop before. Will I be totally lost in this course?

No way! As soon as you are in the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to watch 2 primer videos, one for Illustrator and one for Photoshop. These will get you started in the programs before class begins and will give you a good foundation! You will definitely be able to follow along during the course and complete all the lessons — I urge all beginners, though, to practice extreme patience and self-care and remember that you’re learning something brand new and it may be a little bit slow-going! You may have to be patient with yourself as you’re learning and you’ll need to practice practice practice! But many beginners have taken Pattern Camp and have had great success.

What happens after I sign up?

You’ll receive a welcome email with details on how to get to the private Pattern Camp classroom and some important course details.

Once you’re logged into the website, you’ll be able to join the private Pattern Camp Facebook group and get yourself acquainted with the classroom space. There is a welcome video from me telling you a bit about what to expect in class, Illustrator and Photoshop Primer videos, and also 6 video interviews with leading surface designers and an art licensing agent, all waiting for you when you log in. There’s a lot you can do before class begins!

This course runs online over the course of a weekend. Are the lessons live, and do I have to be at my computer the whole time?

The course lessons are not taught live; they are delivered via videos and written content, so you can learn and practice at your own pace. There are 3 live check-ins via Facebook Live video at different points during the weekend, but those are also recorded so you can watch them later at your convenience.

Since the weekend will be jam-packed with learning, though, it will greatly benefit you to spend the majority of the time at your computer following along. I will be available throughout the weekend via email and in a private Pattern Camp Facebook group for questions, concerns, trouble-shooting, etc. (I am also available after the weekend for help, of course, but just not quite as speedily as during the weekend.)

Once I register for the workshop, how long will I have access to the lessons? 

You will have access to the Pattern camp website and lessons for one month after the weekend ends.

You will also receive downloadable PDFs at the end of class, detailing each pattern design process that we covered, that will be yours to keep.

*Note: if you are a Campfire member and you also take Pattern Camp, you’ll have continued access to all the Pattern Camp lessons for as long as your membership is active.

Are the video lessons downloadable? 

No. You’ll want to make sure to take good notes and practice practice practice!

If you want longer access to the Pattern Camp classroom and all the lessons (beyond the month after the initial course intensive weekend), you might want to take advantage of the Campfire + Pattern Camp bundle – Campfire members who’ve also taken Pattern Camp have ongoing access to the Pattern Camp classroom and all the lessons for as long as their membership is active.

I don’t live in the USA. Can I take the course, even though I won’t be able to participate in the full live weekend?

Yes! You will have access to all of the lessons and course content for one full month, so you can work through it all at your own pace. The lessons are a combination of video and written posts, so you will not miss anything by not being there live during the weekend. The Spreecast check-ins will be recorded as well, so you’ll be able to watch those at your convenience and get insight into what others who took the course had questions about. Don’t worry if you live abroad — the course is absolutely still for you!

I don’t have a Mac. I have a PC. Will this be a problem?

It should not be a problem. While the video lessons are all Mac-based, the Mac and PC versions of Illustrator are almost identical, so it’s easy to translate the lessons to your PC.

I’ve never used Illustrator and/or Photoshop. Will this online course be too difficult for me?

When you sign up for the course, you’ll have access to a video primer showing + explaining how the tools in each program work. If you are completely new to Illustrator and/or Photoshop, you can practice and familiarize yourself with the programs before the workshop begins. As with all things, the more you practice the better you’ll become at using the programs; and I’ll explain everything I’m doing in each video, so you’ll be able to easily follow along + learn as you go!

Will you give me feedback or critique my work during the workshop?

I will not be offering feedback or critique on students’ work during or after the course; however, you will have the opportunity to join private Facebook and Flickr groups where you can share your work and invite feedback from fellow classmates.

This is not a creative business course; it is focused on the technical aspects of pattern design.

Will you be available to answer my technical questions during the workshop?

Yes. I will be available via email and Facebook for the full 2 days of the workshop. We will also have several scheduled meet-ups via Facebook Live video where we can interact in real-time and get everyone’s questions answered.

Can I get a refund if I sign up and realize I can’t take the class, or if I simply decide I don’t want to anymore?

There are no refunds offered for Pattern Camp, so please make sure you’re committed and available before you sign up!