After years of working on commercial client work, I started to feel frustrated and like I wasn't expressing my creative self. Work required me to follow the same rules and use the same assets daily, and I wanted to exercise my brain more. I decided to start a daily creative project to give myself an outlet, and push myself to come up with inventive ideas and try new things that I couldn't do at work.
Margot's Daily Pattern was three years of daily painting and printmaking - I created over one thousands pieces and went through dozens of sketchbooks. There wasn't a lot of rationale behind by I decided to create patterns; I wanted to work analog, and I thought having to create an illustration or graphic that tiled would put me in just enough of a box that I'd have to be creative within my limitations.
I chose to work analog since all my client work was done digitally. I've been painting for most of my life and always enjoyed the colours and texture that come from working with watercolour and ink, so I settled on those as my mediums. Eventually I branched out to include lino stamps, gouache, markers and pens.
MDP was an experience in learning to push through and create even when I didn't feel creative or inspired, in how to prioritize my art even when I felt too busy for it, and I learned a lot about what I enjoy and don't enjoy doing.