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TDL News 10-7-19

Chelsea’s Challenge: Gift Bags

We are excited to kick off a new Chelsea’s Challenge for the month of October. This month’s challenge should really be called “MaryJane’s Challenge” as it is brought to us by the lovely MaryJane Mitchell (@maryjane-mitchell) whose recent presentation on gift bags got us super inspired!

Before we dive into the challenge I definitely recommend first watching MaryJane’s presentation, and then looking over her list of recommended design themes. These are the themes that MaryJane’s real-life gift bag clients are currently asking for, so it’s a great insight into this industry! Michelle also pulled several trends from WGSN. And we also encourage you to explore your own ideas or to rework past patterns to fit gift bags!

Explore all these resources in the new design brief.


Upcoming Course: Sellable Sketch Group-Study

Mark your calendars! Our popular Sellable Sketch Group-Study starts on October 14, 2019.

In this course you’ll bring clarity and focus to your collection development process and take the guesswork out of what to design each season by picking appropriate trends for your target market while staying true to your own artistic style.

You’ll also have free access to WGSN, the industry’s leading resource for trends and design direction.

Members can register here.


September Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

In this Illustrator training Laura Coyle shows us methods for working between Illustrator and Photoshop and best practices for using the Adobe library.

Watch the recording here.







Fall Schedule Released

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! In this Pattern Observer blog post you’ll find our schedule of events for the remainder of 2019. ⁠

One of the most exciting changes is that we are extending our partnership with WGSN to include access to WGSN Insight. If you are not familiar with the platform, Insight “provides original intelligence and research on the latest consumer, marketing, retail and innovation trends.” We will be using this tool in new bimonthly marketing workshops held within our #textiledesignlab community. These workshops will help to improve the connections that members are making with buyers, clients, consumers, while also helping to inform on the design process to make our members more attractive candidates for in-house design positions and internships. ⁠

All events listed in our schedule are free for members. There are no additional fees for these events or courses. Here are just a few of the upcoming events, you can see the entire list in this blog post.

  • Oct 14: Sellable Sketch Group-Study, including access to WGSN Fashion or Home
  • Oct 28: Print Studio Workshop


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 8, 2019

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