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Hello there! I’m Michelle Fifis, founder and creator of Textile Design Lab. I’m a successful textile designer and entrepreneur who knows just how rewarding it is to build a business doing work I love. When I first started out, inspiring people came alongside me and shared their wisdom and experience. Their help made a huge difference in my life. I created Textile Design Lab to help you in the same way they helped me.
In 2010 I left my role as a textile designer for a large corporation to start my own freelance business. It was an exciting and challenging time for me, full of lots of hard work and trial-and-error. I learned to truly listen to my clients, improve my craft and level of service, and listen to my heart. Today my business is thriving, and I’m able to balance my work with a full life as a wife and mother. It’s amazing!
In 2011, I started teaching online classes and since that time I’ve helped thousands of artists and designers...people just like you… improve the professionalism of their artwork and grow their businesses.
I’ve joined with an awesome team to give you the ideal environment for learning. We’ve created easy to absorb video tutorials, audio lessons and PDF guides to help you. This year we’ve improved our membership site to make your experience welcoming and easy to navigate.
Most importantly, we know learning doesn’t have to be lonely. We’ve created a warm, friendly community where you can ask questions, get answers and build relationships. I’m proud of what we offer, and I’m excited to connect with you as you achieve your textile design dreams.
- January 29,2017 / 1 Comments
Ready to Create Eye-Catching Surface Pattern Designs? Learn how to turn your sketches, paintings...
- November 06,2016 / 8 Comments
Is your portfolio a constant source of worry? Are you worried you are showing too much work? Not...
- July 15,2016 / 4 Comments
In our new Summer of Creativity course we’re sharing the exercises and techniques we use to bring...
- December 05,2015 / 21 Comments
In this course we'll be clarifying what you hope to achieve in the next year and create an action...
- September 13,2015 / 0 Comments
Learn how to apply your graphic design skills to the textile design industry!
- August 16,2015 / 2 Comments
In this course you will learn the importance of working alongside other designers whether they be...
- April 20,2015 / 22 Comments
In this five day mini-course we are going to cover ways to improve the organization of your...
- February 13,2015 / 22 Comments
Have you ever wondered why some prints have that professional look and feel and why others do not?...
Chelsea von Hasseln [ TDL Manager ]
Jamie Kalvestran [ Help Desk Support ]
Sherry London [ Tech Talk Expert ]
Chelsea von Hasseln is a freelance textile designer who loves living in the sweet little mountain city of Missoula, Montana. She studied Textile Surface Design at FIDM in Los Angeles, and prior to that earned a BFA in Dance at the University of Montana. When Chelsea is not working on patterns or helping manage the Textile Design Lab community, you can find her enjoying Montana’s numerous outdoor activities with her husband, Zach.
An accomplished product designer, published illustrator and with three design patents to her name, Jamie Kalvestran is bringing her inspirational print designs into textile, quilting, home fashions, sporting goods and personal accessories to name a few. She currently markets original sewing patterns under the Scrap-bags™ label, is a licensed artist in children's products, quilting and home decor she also has apparel prints for sale on her website.
Sherry London has written over a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter, taught Photoshop, Illustrator, prepress, history, systems design, ballet, and knitting, and been a fiber artist, digital artist, graphic and surface pattern designer. In her spare time, she spins, creates off-loom seed beaded jewelry, and knits. She is based at the Jersey shore and is delighted to be able to share her love of Photoshop and her eclectic skills with you.