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TDL News 10-26-20

Upcoming Event: Print Studio Workgroup

Is your portfolio finalized and are you ready to apply to print studios? We’re here to help!

On Monday, November 2nd we are excited to start our popular Print Studio Workgroup. This group will meet on Mondays at 1pm EDT for four weeks and will walk you step-by-step through the process of reaching out to print studios for representation.

There will be a short presentation at the beginning of each session with time for questions. Discussions will take place throughout the week on our forum. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Lab.

The only requirements are that you 1) are a current TDL member and 2) that you have an online portfolio that you are ready to show to print studios! Members can register here.


New Tutorial: Developing Coloring Pages

Have you taken part in our Friday Coloring Hour? During these weekly video calls you can bring your own project to work on, or print out and use one of our coloring pages. Chelsea is the one who creates these coloring pages, and has a lot of fun making them! We had a request for a tutorial on how she creates these pages, and you will learn how in this new video!

Check it out here.




New Chelsea’s Challenge: Stripes & Circles

For this month’s challenge we are going to focus on two iconic geometric patterns – stripes and circles. How you choose to utilize these two elements up to you–you might make a collection that is only composed of circles, one that is solely focused on stripes, or combine the two within a collection or within the individual patterns you create. You could go very crisp and graphic by creating your patterns in Illustrator, or more organic by hand-drawing your motifs or playing with Photoshop brushes.

We’ve provided two color palette options, from WGSN’s “Euphoric” and “Connected” palettes for S/S 22. But as always with Chelsea’s Challenge, these are offered simply as a jumping-off point and you can feel free to explore color as you wish.

Get started here.


October Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

In Tuesday’s presentation, Laura Coyle gave us an overview of the new Illustrator Ipad App!

“I’ve been using the beta version for the past few weeks and it works really well. I want to give you an overview of everything so you are ready to start working in it the minute it drops on October 21st. You can pre-order in the App Store right now.”


Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Paisleys

We are so excited to announce that we just released a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik!

This is the second in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that will be released over the next few months. In this tutorial Fizah shares her technique for creating intricate paisley patterns.

Watch the tutorial here.


Upcoming Event: TDL Coloring Hour

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for our TDL Coloring Hour. It was a wonderful chance to come together and chat about life and art! Please join us this Friday, November 6 at 1pm Eastern for another coloring event.

Remember, you are welcome to work on your own art project during this time or you can use the downloadable coloring sheet that will be sent out on Friday morning.





New: TDL Community Connect

Our TDL Video Chat room will now be open all day, everyday. Feel free to stop by while you are working on a project or to simply chat with your fellow members!

In the future we might need to have specific meeting times, but I wanted to open this opportunity up to people across various time zones and with different schedules.

Members can grab the link here.




Weekly Art Critiques. Please join the TDL community on THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern for a live art critique. Our art critiques are fun events where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed the morning of the critique and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

October 25, 2020

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