Feb 27, 2014

February Boot Camp Final Design

Lilla Rogers School

February is almost over and it has been so much fun.

Three weeks ago I was sharing with you the start of Lilla Rogers first assignment boot camp and after a lot of drawing, tweaking and colouring on the computer I would like to share the result with you and tell you a bit about my journey.

How it worked ?

Beginning of the first week we received a "mini assignment" to study the subject. In this case it was drawing cuckoo clocks while paying attention to details. Beginning of the second week we received the "main assignment" which was creating a phone case with the use of our sketches. And at the beginning of the third week Lilla was giving us some advice on colours and how to find colour trends. By the end of week three it was time to "let go" and upload the design to the MATS Assignment Bootcamp Gallery. I personally think the link should come with a health warning - so many gorgeous cuckoo phone cases...there is a tremendous talent midst all participants. Just wow...check it out over here !

I used the first week to really study all details of a cuckoo clock and had fun sketching them. After we received the main assignment I realized immediately that it will be challenging to show so many details on such small space of a phone case and on top of it a rectangle shape...so I did more sketches, this time within the shape of a phone case ( enlarged ) to get a feeling for the space I can use.
I liked my cuckoo clock but I was not feeling it really is "me". 

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Phone case available at Society 6

And looking at a lot of finished ( gorgeous ) cuckoo phone cases within our bootcamp FB group, I felt I need to incorporate my style more and finding an other solution to the brief. Researching Black Forrest cuckoo clocks I came across a lot of German folk paintings as well and I was really inspired by them. 

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014

I decided I want to create something more "folk" using my style. Finally I was pleased with my result - listening to my gut feeling. I completely went out of my comfort zone with the colours for my finished design "Cuckoo Folk" but I let it be. This is why I am taking part in the bootcamp - to push my boundaries and try something new.

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Final Design "Cuckoo Folk"

This week I am enjoying working on creating a collection around the cuckoo theme for my portfolio. Next week I will let you know about the new bootcamp assignment for March.

Happy Thursday !


  1. I love your design Maike, and so on trend with the folk theme. I think you made the right decision to use the phone cover canvas to show off the whole design - it works much better. Your sketches are gorgeous too - love the fine pen marks.

  2. I think this is really fabulous, one of my favourites out of all the entries. The standard is really high but your design stands out. Well done x

  3. Oh, Maike, great post. So well written and didatic. I follow your work with admiration and I am happy you were able to go all the way long and make the final submission so clever and true to your own voice. Well done, dear friend!