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TDL News 2-24-20

Art of Portfolio Curation Group Study

Deciding what artwork to show isn’t always easy, but having a system enables you to make more confident decisions.

In the Art of Portfolio Curation the Textile Design Lab team shares the exercises and techniques that they use to curate their artwork and see the “holes” in their portfolios.

The course is already posted to the Lab, but signing up for the group-study gives you access to bonus emails. It’s a fun way to stay motivated and work with a supportive group of TDL members!

This event is FREE for all Textile Design Lab members and kicks off on Monday, February 24th. Members can register here.


Upcoming Event: February Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

From Laura,

“Happy February everybody!

Thanks to all who participated in the January session, where we talked about working with Gradients and adding metallic and reflective looks to your designs in Illustrator.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 25th at 11 am ET.

For this session I want to cover:

  • Scripts + a color randomizing script (great for jumping into a design with instant color)
  • Actions, assigning above the script to an action, and a demo on how to create/use an action
  • Preparing a repeat pattern unit for exporting to avoid the dreaded tiling lines (an issue that came up in another forum and involves checking dimensions and using the pixel grid controls)
  • When to use the Pathfinder and instances when you would use it instead of the Shape Builder
  • Appearance Panel

Members can join using this link.


Recording Posted: Finding Your Niche with Vicki Wallis

Interested in launching your own product line? In this presentation Vicki Wallis shares how to create a target audience for your product line, how to use this information to create a plan going forward, and how to create a budget for your new business.

Vicki Wallis worked within the apparel industry for 12 years before branching out on her own and creating The Fashion Business Coach (formally named 29andSeptember Studio). Vicki helps small and startup fashion labels to succeed in their business and we are so excited to bring her wealth of experience to the Textile Design Lab guest expert role.

Watch her presentation here.


Recording Posted: Launching a Product Line with Juliet Meeks

In this insightful presentation Juliet shares an overview of her process, starting from the product idea to shipping the final product to the customer. This includes tips for sourcing materials, determining your retail price, photography, marketing, and more.

Juliet is the owner of Juliet Meeks Design, an art and surface design studio she has been working on full-time since 2015. She’s based in her hometown of New Orleans, and creates a stunning array of original paintings and products adorned with her signature style.

Watch her presentation 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.

February 24, 2020

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