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TDL News 12-5-21

New Chelsea’s Challenge: Rugs

This month’s challenge is a great opportunity to participate in a real-world event–the Rug Vista/Carpet Vista Design Competition! This competition will open for submissions from December 13th through January 24th, so now is a great time to get started and work through this together as a group!

Learn more in this post.



Upcoming Opportunity: 12 Days Of Christmas Design Challenge 

Pattern Observer and the Textile Design Lab will be hosting a “12 Days Of Christmas Design Challenge.” Submit* art and patterns with the 12 days of Christmas theme and you might be featured on the Pattern Observer Instagram page! The submission period is December 1st-10th and we will begin posting the winning designs the 12 days leading up to Christmas (December 14th-25th)  For inspiration you could listen to the popular Christmas song, the 12 days of Christmas, and refer to our chart for what to draw. Good luck, we can’t wait to see what you create!

*When uploading your artwork please include your name in the file name so we know who to credit/tag!



New Event: The Repeat Feat

Every month a Lab member’s pattern will be chosen to demonstrate different repeat techniques. The first one can be viewed here, and two more will be released this week, one on Wednesday, and one on Friday, as part of our final week of the Ultimate Guide to Repeats course. Moving forward Chelsea will be selecting one file each month to put into repeat, but for the kickoff of the Repeat Feat post series, she will be demonstrating with three different files!

The first design is by member Darrell Pulliam, you can find his instagram right here!

Click here to submit for January’s Repeat Feat. Please use this form as well when you upload your artwork so we have extra information about your file.



Pattern Planning and Goal Setting Group-Study

Mark your calendars, our Pattern Planning and Goal Setting Group-Study starts on Monday, Dec. 6th. with a live group chat happening Monday December 13th at 12pm. This year we have expanded the course to include access to WGSN Fashion or Home.

In this Group-Study you’ll clarify what you hope to achieve in 2022 and create an action plan that is broken down into quarterly tasks to get you there. At the end of this course, you will feel focused and in control—ready for this upcoming year!

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.

Grab your spot here.


Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

Mark your calendars! Laura’s next Illustrator Live session will be held on December 14th, 2021 at 11 am Eastern.

In last month’s training, Laura shared new features in Illustrator: Vectorize on the iPad, 3D on the desktop, and more.

 The recording is here.


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


Recording Posted: Chelsea’s  LIVE One Hour Challenge

On November 23rd Chelsea lead us through another inspiring Live One Hour Challenge. If you plan to participate you will need some magazines for cutting out and your favorite drawing supplies.


A recording of this month’s presentation can be found here.


Recording Posted: Pricing for Artists with Melissa Schulz

The fabulous Melissa Schulz of Branded Licensing hosted a live presentation on November 22nd. Topics included how to price your artwork, as well as information on licensing, sales, freelancing, lawyers, and sharing artwork online.



Recording Posted:  The New Object Selection Tool in Photoshop with Sherry London

In Sherry’s presentation she’ll share the NEW way Adobe has given us to copy and paste images from Illustrator into Photoshop and the changes to the Object Selection tool.
Sherry’s next presentation will take place on Monday, December 20th at 11 am Eastern.
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 Events

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

12/6/21 – Goals Group-Study

12/6/21- Chelsea’s Challenge Released

12/6/21- New event! Repeat Feat Released

12/9/21- Art Critique 1pm

12/10/21- Coloring Hour 1pm




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.

December 5, 2021

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