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TDL News 10-31-21

November Goals Check-In

Each month we come together as a community to check in with our progress and offer support to one another. There is no lesson during this hour-long session, but an opportunity to share, listen and brainstorm ideas!

Our next Goals Check-in is on November 3rd at 11 am Eastern. A Zoom link will be sent out on the morning of the event.


Community Event: Ultimate Guide to Repeats

Last week we kicked off our new Ultimate Guide to Repeats course, but it’s not too late to join!

In the Ultimate Guide To Repeats Group Study, you’ll have access to a toolbox of techniques that you can use to create more interesting, professional repeats that agents, studios, and clients are looking for in today’s market.

This course has been updated and the new videos will be added to the Lab as the course progresses. This group study is designed to keep you motivated and feeling supported as you master repeats!

This event is FREE for all Textile Design Lab members and the first lesson will be released on Monday, October 25th. Members can register here.


Home Decor Month!

In October, we gathered together as a community to explore the home decor market and become more informed designers! We achieved this goal through three guest expert presentations. Jenny Bova kicked things off with an interiors industry overview (recording here) and a second presentation on wallcovering and murals (recording here). Then we learned about designing for bedding from Laura Olivia (recording here).

Currently, the community is working on their home decor pattern collections and you are welcome to join in the fun! Chelsea created two in-depth design briefs and you are welcome to choose one and get started. You can explore the briefs here.


Recording Posted: Bringing Illustrator Files into Photoshop with Sherry London

In Sherry’s recent training she shared tips for working between Illustrator and Photoshop and how to properly bring Illustrator files into Photoshop.

The recording is here.

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.

Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

In this month’s training, Laura shared a deep dive into the Pathfinder panel with tips for using the ShapeBuilder tool in Illustrator.

The recording is here.

If you have suggestions/questions for future sessions, please add them to this thread.




Recording Posted: LIVE One Hour Challenge

On Wednesday, October 27th Chelsea treated us to another inspiring Live One Hour Challenge! In this session, we drew a series of motifs that we can use in future pattern concepts. All you need is paper and a drawing tool of your choice!

The recording is here.


Chelsea’s Challenge: Animal Skins

For this month’s Chelsea’s Challenge we are going to be focusing on a timeless print style that continues to be re-invented over and over–animal skins! There are lots of prints that fall into this category, including leopard, cheetah, tiger, zebra, giraffe, snakeskin, cow print, and even butterfly wings, which are particularly popular on recent runways.

WGSN writes of the trend:“Animal skins have been on the back burner for some time, but we expect them to re-emerge for S/S 23, in exploded scales and abstract styles.

Join the challenge here.



Recording Posted: The Surface Pattern Design Journey by Rachael King

We are pleased to welcome Rachael King as our Textile Design Lab guest expert of the month!

On Monday, September 20th Rachael shared her story “to illustrate how our Surface Pattern Design journey can take us in so many directions and how I have shaped my business to offer many income streams including licensing, branded product, Spoonflower, book sales, tutoring, and guest talks.”

It was an enlightening presentation and the recording is posted here.


Upcoming Events

Here are some of the live events happening this month. All times are Eastern and all events will be recorded.

11/3/21 11 am – Goals Check-In with TDL Community

11/15/21 11 am – Photoshop Training with Sherry London

11/30/21 11 am – Photoshop Training with Laura Coyle

12/6/21 – Goals Group-Study



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 30, 2021

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