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TDL News 5-11-20

Upcoming Event: Sellable Sketch HOME Group-Study

Want to learn more about the home decor industry and develop a stunning collection of patterns? Join us for the Sellable Sketch Home Group-Study starting Monday, May 18th!

In the Sellable Sketch Home Group-Study we work through our standard Sellable Sketch course, but you also receive bonus emails which are focused on the home decor industry. You’ll also receive free access to WGSN for the duration of the course.

This event is FREE for all Textile Design Lab members and members can register here.



Upcoming Event: TDL Coloring Hour

Join us this Wednesday, May 13th at 1pm Eastern for our first community coloring event!

This is a chance for us to come together as a community and unwind with a little coloring. You are welcome to work on your own art project or use the downloadable coloring sheet that will be sent out on Wednesday morning.




Chelsea’s Challenge: A Creative Excursion with Rita Patel

This month we are thrilled to have Rita Patel taking the helm of Chelsea’s Challenge by sharing her fabulous Creative Excursion exercise! If you missed her presentation, please check it out here–it’s super inspiring and will walk you through the steps needed to get started with this challenge–picking a piece of art and an “evocative word” or quality that you want to cultivate.

As with all Chelsea’s Challenges, you will end up with a completed pattern collection, but I think you will also find this practice to be a therapeutic way to spend the month and a boost for your mental health as well, especially during these trying times. It’s a practice that can be revisited time and time again and I love that it blends art and design with mindfulness and a focus on wellbeing.

Learn how to get involved here.



TDL Postcard Swap Sign Up

We’re organizing a postcard swap! If you are interested in participating please fill out this Google doc by 11pm Eastern on Sunday, May 10th Monday, May 11th. Thanks for participating!

Register here.






April Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

Have you had a chance to watch Laura’s presentation on the Appearance Panel?

She shared a great method for creating repeats. Check it out 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.




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.






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 11, 2020

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