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TDL News 3-16-20

Upcoming Event: Backup and Restore Alternatives with Norm London

I am excited to announce that Norm London, the husband of the fabulous Sherry London (@prancingpixel) will be giving us a live presentation about Backup and Restore Alternatives. As digital designers we have SO.MANY.FILES. and Norm will be sharing some of the options that we have for storing these files.

Do you have any questions for Norm? Please let us know in this forum thread.

This live event is on Wednesday, March 18th at 1pm Eastern (we are currently in Daylight Saving Time!).

Members can grab the link here.


Upcoming Event: Live Presentation by Rita Patel

As part of our new Wellness Workshop (which you can register for here) Rita Patel, a talented artist, designer and creative ally who also happens to be an international speaker, coach and generative consultant on wellness will be speaking to the Lab on Wednesday March 18th at 11am Eastern (we are currently in Daylight Saving Time!).

Her presentation, “is focused on framing how we feel about wellness, how wellness comes through our designs, and how we think about our role in this particular industry. First, we will learn how to apply a tool called the Lexicon Map to both enhance awareness of your personal wellness and deepen how you frame your design process. As designers, we strive to have our unique voice come through our surface patterns. This tool uses words as doorways to how we see and feel about a particular quality (such as serenity) that we want to evoke with our designs. By applying this process, you will be able to see the themes that emerge related to how you communicate your brand and story behind the designs. In the second part of this workshop we will go broader – again with our language to reframe our role in the healing and wellness experience of our customers.”

Members can find the link here.


New Chelsea’s Challenge: Ornate Florals

This month’s Chelsea’s Challenge will help take us into the spring season with florals galore! Florals are perennially one of the most sought-after patterns, and while the popular styles always shift, evolve, and recycle over the years, I don’t think we will ever see them disappear. They are just too pretty!

This month we are going to focus on a particular category of florals, and really take the time to make something special and memorable that pattern buyers won’t be able to resist–ornate florals.

In this design challenge Chelsea shares three ornate floral trends that she has spotted. Ready to get started?

Learn more here.


New Design Tutorial: Developing Ornamental Floral Patterns

In this new design tutorial Chelsea walks you through her process for creating ornate floral patterns. She’ll take you through the entire process-from sketch to final design.

Learn more here.






Upcoming Event: Live Training with Laura Coyle

From Laura, “Happy March everybody!

Thanks for being a part of the February Illustrator session, where we talked about actions, scripts, the Appearance panel, a little bit of Pathfinder and Shapebuilder, and a demonstration of troubleshooting a misbehaving pattern repeat unit when you are exporting from Illustrator… (deep breath)!

It was a lot to cover, but a lot of fun! For March, we’re going to narrow the focus to: Brushes in Illustrator

The date is Tuesday, March 31st at 11 am ET

Comments and questions on Brushes are welcome, please add them to this thread if you like!


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.

March 16, 2020

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