For 2019, I’m living in Tokyo for up to one year, running my freelance design operation from there and studying Japanese in immersive and intensive month long modules. It’s a bit of a jump from my usual lifestyle or working from home in Croydon with my cats. Also - my husband still lives in London so that makes things even more dramatic!
My process of pattern design came about through trial and error and various other guides and mentors along the way. The importance of having a process, as a self-employed creative professional, is something that I underestimated at the beginning of my career.
In any new skill, there's no way to outsmart, or outrun, the need for many hours of practice. Despite that, we all want a way of scaling the learning curve as quickly as possible and I was no exception. Until I started learning Japanese.