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TDL News 1-14-19

Grab Your Spot: Photoshop for Designers 1 & 2 Group-Study

Mark your calendars! Photoshop for Designers 1 & 2 Group-Studies start on January 28, 2019!

Your creative spirit does not have to be inhibited by software or the digital art world. The two can come together in an amazing collaborative effort. In these 6-week courses you’ll discover the most efficient and effective use of Adobe Photoshop while creating the artwork that you love to design.

Photoshop for Designers 1 is an intensive course, so we recommend starting with that course and then taking Photoshop for Designers 2 when it runs again in the Fall or you can work through the self-study at any time! Members can register here.


Upcoming Event: Guest Expert Stephanie Michele

This month we are delighted to welcome Stephanie Michele to the Textile Design Lab as our guest expert. We have worked with Stephanie for the past several years through Pattern Observer Studio, with Stephanie in the role of art director for one of her clients in the fashion industry.

Stephanie is the founder of SocialBling and wears many hats as an entrepreneur and marketing professional. She has worked with companies such as Match.com, AEG, Sony, Public Storage, Kaiser Permanente and New Balance and is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. Stephanie also hosts “Relatable with Stephanie Michele,”  a weekly live-stream show highlighting a deeper exploration of human interaction, connection and conversation for the purpose of wellness and leadership development. We are so excited to bring Stephanie’s wealth of experience to the Textile Design Lab guest expert role!

On Monday, January 28th, Stephanie will be in the Lab sharing her thoughts on design management, and charting goals based on relationship development. We invite you to learn more about Stephanie in today’s interview!

New Design Challenge: Ath-Luxe

Happy 2019! To start the year off, we are loving this trend for AW 20/21 that we found on WGSN focusing on the activewear and outdoor market. As WGSN reports: “Tech-glam will become the new ath-luxe as activewear takes on an eveningwear feel, with luxurious fabrics and sparkling embellishments.”

As pattern designers, we get to tackle the question of how to speak to this trend and apply it to surface design. To start off, try looking to current trends in womenswear and brainstorming ways to make them more “ath-luxe.” This could be through a more vibrant, active color palette, adding a digital effect, or perhaps adding a grid or geometric overlay or another “sporty” looking technique. Get involved here.

Weekly Art Critique. Please join Michelle for this week’s live art critique held THURSDAY at 1 PM EST. This is a fun event where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed out early on Thursday morning and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

January 14, 2019

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