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TDL News 4-20-20

Surface Pattern Design Mastery Group-Study

Mark your calendars! Our Surface Pattern Design Mastery Group-Study starts TODAY, Monday, April 20th. In this course you’ll learn how to turn your sketches, paintings and illustrations into surface pattern design layouts in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

You’ll also have free access to WGSN, the industry’s leading resource for trends and design direction.

Members can register here.





Chelsea’s Challenge: Escapism

Escapism: “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.”

This month we want to offer an opportunity to take your mind off of the coronavirus crisis and to engage in a sense of free play and exploration. This challenge aims to investigate the fantastical, the fun, and the deepest reaches of your imagination. We encourage bold experimentation, and giving yourself permission to let any of your usual design barriers down. Is there a new artistic technique you’ve always wanted to try? Give it a shot this month as you develop your collection!

Learn how to get involved here.



April Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

This message is from Laura, “Hi everybody!

Thanks for being a part of the March Illustrator session, where we talked about Brushes in Illustrator.

For April I would like to again cover a single subject, one that I get a lot of questions on: The Appearance Panel.

I think this is one of the most powerful features in Illustrator, and it’s essential too. I’d like to start us off with a very basic overview and then get into some of the more intermediate things you can do with Appearance in Illustrator.

The date is Tuesday, April 28th at 11 am EDT

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


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.




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.






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.

April 20, 2020

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