April Hitchcock Surface Design

Hello and thank you for stopping by! I'm so excited to be starting (or rather, continuing!) on my surface pattern design journey and I'm so glad you have joined me. My name is Rebekah Strunz-Sherpa and I’m the owner/designer behind April Hitchcock Surface Design. April Hitchcock Surface Design is a surface pattern design company based in Newcastle, Australia where I was born and raised. In 2011 I moved from my home in Newcastle to the Blue Mountains, which is a very relaxed, artsy community full of vibrant, colourful people. I fell in with a group of patchworkers and I learned to sew and quilt, and that’s when my love affair with pattern and fabric began. In 2013 I enrolled at the International School of Colour and Design in Sydney, which was about 2 hours away from me at the time. Over the next 18 months I made the 4 hour return trip every week, and I learned so much about design and surface pattern design, about using traditional media, and about using Illustrator. But most importantly, I started to explore and discover myself as an artist, which is a process I’m still working through and which I hope never comes to an end! I finished studying in 2014 and I’ve allowed myself to become disconnected from design a few times since then as different things have happened in my life. In 2015 I went backpacking in India and Nepal, and it was on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal where I fell in love with a local trekking guide. Three months later, just after one of the biggest earthquakes Nepal has seen in recorded history, I quit my job, sold or donated most of my belongings, and found myself on a train with nothing but a backpack. I was on my way back to Nepal where I ended up living for 8 months (2 of them in a remote village in the Everest region!), married my husband, and found out we were expecting our first child. The story of this time of my life is long and filled with adventure, but most importantly, it is during this time that I began to truly dance with creativity and rediscovered my passion for art and surface pattern design. Our son was born in 2016, and in the year following his birth, I began to fully immerse myself in the world of surface design and discover my voice as a designer. My designs are playful and whimsical, always colourful, and strongly influenced by nature. I prefer to design tossed repeats, layering elements that may appear to be hidden at first glance, but continue to tell a story everytime you look at them. My path here has been rocky, and as life and travel and self- doubt have gotten in my way I've found myself distracted and distanced from what I really love to do. But I keep getting drawn back to pattern design and since I made the decision that this is the path I want to follow, I’ve made the commitment to pursue my passion with passion! I have been inspired by so many other creatives on my journey, some surface designers and some not, and I’m truly grateful for the role these people have had in my work and my life. Creativity is how I nourish my soul, and I hope that I and my work can go on to inspire others to follow their hearts and find their creative voice. So, it's time to get serious, but not too serious! Life is about having fun, after all. I hope you'll continue to join me along the way. xx April Hitchcock Surface Design joined Society6 on November 21, 2014

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Hello and thank you for stopping by! I'm so excited to be starting (or rather, continuing!) on my surface pattern design journey and I'm so glad you have joined me.

My name is Rebekah Strunz-Sherpa and I’m the owner/designer behind April Hitchcock Surface Design. April Hitchcock Surface Design is a surface pattern design company based in Newcastle, Australia where I was born and raised. In 2011 I moved from my home in Newcastle to the Blue Mountains, which is a very relaxed, artsy community full of vibrant, colourful people. I fell in with a group of patchworkers and I learned to sew and quilt, and that’s when my love affair with pattern and fabric began. In 2013 I enrolled at the International School of Colour and Design in Sydney, which was about 2 hours away from me at the time. Over the next 18 months I made the 4 hour return trip every week, and I learned so much about design and surface pattern design, about using traditional media, and about using Illustrator. But most importantly, I started to explore and discover myself as an artist, which is a process I’m still working through and which I hope never comes to an end! I finished studying in 2014 and I’ve allowed myself to become disconnected from design a few times since then as different things have happened in my life.

In 2015 I went backpacking in India and Nepal, and it was on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal where I fell in love with a local trekking guide. Three months later, just after one of the biggest earthquakes Nepal has seen in recorded history, I quit my job, sold or donated most of my belongings, and found myself on a train with nothing but a backpack. I was on my way back to Nepal where I ended up living for 8 months (2 of them in a remote village in the Everest region!), married my husband, and found out we were expecting our first child. The story of this time of my life is long and filled with adventure, but most importantly, it is during this time that I began to truly dance with creativity and rediscovered my passion for art and surface pattern design.

Our son was born in 2016, and in the year following his birth, I began to fully immerse myself in the world of surface design and discover my voice as a designer. My designs are playful and whimsical, always colourful, and strongly influenced by nature. I prefer to design tossed repeats, layering elements that may appear to be hidden at first glance, but continue to tell a story everytime you look at them.

My path here has been rocky, and as life and travel and self- doubt have gotten in my way I've found myself distracted and distanced from what I really love to do. But I keep getting drawn back to pattern design and since I made the decision that this is the path I want to follow, I’ve made the commitment to pursue my passion with passion! I have been inspired by so many other creatives on my journey, some surface designers and some not, and I’m truly grateful for the role these people have had in my work and my life. Creativity is how I nourish my soul, and I hope that I and my work can go on to inspire others to follow their hearts and find their creative voice.

So, it's time to get serious, but not too serious! Life is about having fun, after all.

I hope you'll continue to join me along the way. xx

April Hitchcock Surface Design joined Society6 on November 21, 2014.

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