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TDL News 5-10-21

Chelsea’s Challenge: Holiday Giftwrap

Chelsea’s back with another inspiring design challenge!

This month we thought it would be fun to work together on preparing some patterns for Minted’s upcoming holiday giftwrap challenge. Submissions won’t be open on Minted until later this month (see their estimated challenge calendar) but we can get a jump-start and get ourselves into the holiday mindset! We’ll be using WGSN-recommended trends for Christmas & Holiday A/W 22/23, just keep in mind certain tweaks might need to be made based on what Minted is looking for.

Get started here.



Today’s Presentation: Creating Collections Your Way
Please join us today, Monday May 10th at 11am Eastern for a new presentation by Michelle Fifis.

Michelle will be discussing various ways of creating pattern collections and looking at different workflow options.

The Zoom link is here.

This event will be recorded and available for all to watch in the Lab.

She has also scheduled two follow up session. The first will be on Thursday, May 13th at 11am Eastern and the second will be on Wednesday May 19th at 1pm Eastern.


May Goals Check-In

Each month we come together as a community to check-in with our progress and offer support to one another. There is no lesson during this hour long session, but an opportunity to share, listen and brainstorm ideas!
Our next Goals Check-in is tomorrow, May 11th at 11am Eastern. A link will be sent out on the morning of the 11th.


Upcoming Event: Designing for Blinds & Curtains with Laura Olivia

Please join us on Tuesday May 18th at 10am Eastern for a new presentation by Laura Olivia.

Laura will be share her recent experiences designing for blinds and curtains!

This event will be recorded and available for all to watch in the Lab.

A zoom link will be sent out on the morning of the event.




Recording: Exploring Pinterest & Tailwind with Jessica Molnar

In this live presentation guest expert Jessica Molnar shares how she uses Pinterest and Tailwind in her marketing plan.

This presentation recording is here.

Want to check out the paid version of Tailwind and receive $15 off? You can use my referral link here.




Recording: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

The recording of our latest session with Laura Coyle is posted! In this session Laura covers color spaces, color profiles and more!

The recording is here.

Laura’s next session will be on Tuesday, June 1st at 11am Eastern. Have a topic that you would like discussed? Please tag @laurac on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.





Recording Posted: Photoshop Training with Sherry London

In Sherry’s presentation she addressed “the remaining issue of low colour that was raised during the sessions on Indexed Colour” and she showed us how to color separate to layers and channels.

You can watch the recording here.

Sherry’s next presentation will be on Monday, May 17th at 11am Eastern. Have a topic that you would like discussed? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.




Recording Posted: LIVE One Hour Challenge

Chelsea’s latest live design challenge was another success! If you missed it, please watch the recording here.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • paper (preferably something thicker like watercolor paper or card stock)
  • collage materials (could be magazine clippings, colored papers, tissue paper etc),
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint pens or gel pens or acrylic paint (something that would show up on top of collaged papers). Please note that we might not have time for this final step.

Chelsea will be back for another live design challenge on Wednesday, May 26th 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.

5/11/21 11am: Goals Check-In

5/13/21 11am: Creating Collections Your Way Follow-up I

5/17/21 11am: Photoshop Training with Sherry London

5/18/21 10am: Designing for Curtains & Blinds with Laura Olivia

5/19/21 1pm: Creating Collections Your Way Follow-up II


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: 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.

May 10, 2021

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