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TDL News 11/20/22

Upcoming Event: Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 

Sherry will present on Print On Demand Companies and the best ways to prep images for these sites on November 21st at 11am EST. Sherry’s recent presentations have been on using pattern preview mode for repeats and smart objects, in order to do this you need to download recommended files here that go along with this presentation. Sherry’s September topic was information on smart objects and an intro to the pattern preview mode. You can watch the recording here.  If you have questions you can ask them in the tech talk forum and tag @prancingpixel Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.


Upcoming Course: Goal Setting & Business Development

This course begins November 28th-December 9th and will be the final chapter of our focus on freelance business.  In this course we will define our goals for 2023 and create an action plan that is broken down into quarterly tasks to get you there! You’ll know exactly what steps to take and how you can use The Textile Design Lab to achieve the goals you’ve laid out before you.  We will also welcome our Guest Expert: business coachShawn Fink to present on Move Beyond a Side Hustle: Start Building Your Business Empire. December 7th at 1pm EST. Sign up here



New Chelsea’s Challenge: Joyful Kidswear

The newest Chelsea’s Challenge is now available and we hope it will be a fun one! For the month of November we will be focusing in on the childrenswear market, with trends pulled from WGSN’s Kids’ Prints & Graphics Forecasts for Spring/Summer 2024. These three trends offer colorful, joyful design inspiration and may be used independently or combined together to form one cohesive pattern collection. Check out the full post HERE to learn more about these playful kidswear trends.

Upcoming Event: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

Laura’s next Illustrator Live event will be November 29th at 11am EST.  Laura will teach us about making calendars and planners to help plan for the new year. In October’s Illustrator Live, Laura wrapped up her talk on work flows between Adobe Fresco and Adobe Illustrator for the iPad, half of this presentation occurred last month before an iPad glitch made her reschedule the rest, watch the September recording here. In October’s talk she spoke more on Fresco work flows and also introduced Intertwine which is a fabulous new feature in Illustrator that allows you to mix the stacking order of overlapping images very easily, this new feature will be great for complex, overlapping pattern designs. Watch October’s talk here.   If you have suggestions/questions for future sessions, please add them to this thread.  You can ask her questions by tagging @laurac


Upcoming Event: Chelsea’s LIVE One Hour Challenge

Join Chelsea on November 30th at 1pm EST for a fun constructive one hour challenge. These casual meet ups are a great way to get your hands moving and your mind relaxed as you work through creative challenges together for an hour.

Upcoming Event: Guest Expert Shawn Fink

As part of our Business Development and Goal Planning course to close out 2022 we will welcome Guest Expert Entrepreneurial Business Coach Shawn Fink on December 7th at 1pm EST. To learn more about Shawn check out our interview from last year here. Shawn will present on “Move Beyond a Side Hustle: Start Building Your Business Empire.” Be sure to put an alert on your calendar for this event, let’s end the year with some encouragement and planning to make 2023 our best yet!

Opportunity: Designer Feature on the Pattern Observer blog!

We love to feature our TDL members on the Pattern Observer blog and our social media accounts. If you are interested in a feature, please fill out every answer on this form. If your submission is accepted we will reach out to you with a publishing date.  We are also interested in sharing videos on social media, since they are all the rage these days…so if you want to create a short video for social media of your artwork/portfolio, an animation of your art, or working in your studio, that would be great as well, but not necessary for a feature. A good length is around 6-60 seconds. You can easily make something on your phone these days or in Adobe Express.

Recording Posted: Guest Expert Presentation with Misha Zadeh

Misha Zadeh presented October 12th as our Guest Expert on selling art freelance for products independently of agents or studios. Misha has wonderful experience selling her own products through her website and licensing art through companies, especially in the stationary, paper, and home decor markets. Her talk covers her personal path through the design world and how she has pivoted several times to meet the changing needs, as well as tips for designers that want to begin selling and licensing art right now. Here is the recording. 

Recording Posted: Guest Expert Presentation with Sandra Mejia

Sandra Mejia chatted with us as our Guest Expert on selling art freelance for products, independent of agents or studios. Sandra was born in Colombia but now lives in Canada where she illustrates adorable characters, makes 3D toys, and sells patterns and art for greeting cards, fabric, home decor products, gift wrap, puzzles, and more. She is also a top Skillshare teacher, some of her most popular classes are about using Procreate and watercolors to make sellable art. You can watch the recording here.

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

** NO Art Critique this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States **

11/21/22- Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 11am EST

11/29/22- Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle at 11am EST

11/30/22- Chelsea’s LIVE One Hour Challenge

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.

November 20, 2022

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