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TDL News 3-8-21

Chelsea’s Challenge: Maximalist Interiors

This month’s Chelsea’s Challenge focuses on interiors with a “bold, maximalist design approach” that WGSN has shown to be trending in multiple reports.

As a lover of all things pattern I am so excited about this trend after what seems like years of minimalism being front and center. Maximalism can certainly feel overwhelming, and there is a thin line between “just right” and “yikes, too much,” but I think with the right mix of scale, color and texture, a “mish-mash” approach to pattern can allow a very rich personal style and artistic expression to emerge.

I hope this month’s challenge will allow you to explore a wide range of historical references and current color/pattern trends to create something truly unique to you–a collection that will blow print buyers away!!! Get started here.


New post from Laura Coyle

I’m looking forward to the next Illustrator session on Tuesday March 23rd at 11 AM EDT!

If you missed my demo on the new Repeats feature in Illustrator (same as the iPad) with my demo of the Space Fill plugin, the video is here: https://textiledesignlab.com/illustrators-new-repeat-tool-laura-coyle/

There were so many great suggestions from my last request, so I am going to plan on covering something from my suggestion box: either Graphic Styles, Symbols (for efficiency, time saving), more plugins, exporting/changing sizes, Capture (which has a new pattern feature) – some combination of these. I will post a follow up here soon.

I’m always interested to hear what you are wanting to learn. Please post your ideas here.

Recording Posted: Indexing Part Two with Sherry London

In this presentation Sherry continued last month’s discussion of Indexing in Photoshop.

You can watch the recording of Part Two here.

You can watch the recording of Part One here.

Sherry’s next presentation will be held on Monday, March 15th at 11am Eastern.





Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Tile Prints

We are thrilled to announce that we just released a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik!

This is the fourth in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that will be released over the next few months. In this tutorial Fizah shares her technique for creating tile prints.

Watch the tutorial here.

Recording Posted: LIVE One Hour Challenge

Last month Chelsea hosted our second LIVE One Hour Challenge. She led us through a creative exercise using watercolor and paper weaving

You can watch the recording here.

Chelsea’s next LIVE One Hour Challenge will be on March 24, 2021 at 1pm Eastern.


Upcoming Events

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

3/09/21 11am : Goals Check-In

3/15/21 11am : Live Photoshop Training with Sherry London

3/17/21 1pm : Creating Lookbooks with MaryJane Mitchell

3/23/21 11am : Live Illustrator Training with Laura Coyle

3/24/21 1pm : Live One Hour Challenge with Chelsea von Hasseln

3/30/21 1pm : Lookbook Critique with MaryJane Mitchell



Recording Posted: Lesser Known Pattern Layouts

In this presentation you’ll discover five lesser known pattern layout styles that you can begin using in your pattern development work. Step-by-step instructions are included for developing both scenic and free-flowing layouts.
Members can watch the recording here.




New: TDL Community Connect

Our TDL Video Chat room will now be open all day, everyday. Feel free to stop by while you are working on a project or to simply chat with your fellow members!

In the future we might need to have specific meeting times, but I wanted to open this opportunity up to people across various time zones and with different schedules.

Members can grab the link 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 7, 2021

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