Textile Design Lab

TDL News 3-05-18

Last Chance! 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 the first email will be released on Monday, March 5th. Members register here.




Chelsea’s Challenge: Asymmetry

As I was checking out the Fall 2018 runway shows recently I was really inspired by all the asymmetry that I saw in the garment construction. For this month’s challenge we hope you will take this theme of asymmetry and run with it, using our three trend boards as inspiration:

1) Plaids and detailed geometrics

2) Bohemian inspired

3) Very clean geometric shapes and bright colors

Members can get started here.





New to the Lab: Office Hours

You might have noticed that the Lab is a buzz with activity right now! With our Surtex briefs ramping up, and more opportunities on the way I will be holding open “Office Hours” for the next few weeks. These office hours will take place every Tuesday at a different time. I hope that the time variations will allow those of you in different time zones to participate.

Bring whatever questions, projects, pattern or sketches that you need help with. I’ll be hanging out in my Zoom room during these office hours, happy to help you in whatever way you need. I am leaving the schedule open right now, so when you enter the Zoom room you might be the only one present at that particular moment, or there might be a large group – we’ll see!

The Zoom link and scheduled Office Hour times can be under “Upcoming Events” on your Member Dashboard. I’ll also be sending out this information through email and Facebook Messenger.

Our first “Office Hour” event is this Tuesday, March 6th at 10am Eastern. Grab the link here.





Trends with Laura Olivia

Last week Laura Olivia hosted a live training event discussing trends and sharing her tips for researching and incorporating trends into your work!

Laura established her surface pattern design studio back in 2010 and has since worked with clients in the interiors, stationery, fashion and beauty product industries all over the globe. She focuses on supplying designs to the interiors and soft furnishings industry and has worked on projects in Mauritius, USA, Asia and Europe.

This event was FREE for all Textile Design Lab members and the recording can be accessed here.





Design Opportunity with Pattern Observer Studio – Florals for Surtex!

We are so pleased to announce that Chelsea and I will be attending SURTEX for the first time this coming May, and we’ll be bringing a select amount of Textile Design Lab member artwork along with us!

This is going to be an exceptional experience, as we will be able to present some of our members’ artwork to the buyers and licensees attending the show and also have the opportunity to meet so many people within the community which we hope will lead to future opportunities for our members as well.

Would you like us to take your work to the show? You can read more about this opportunity here.




Weekly Art Critique Please join Michelle for our live art critique held THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern. This is a fun event where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed out early on Thursday morning and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

March 5, 2018

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