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TDL News 5-2-21

Upcoming Event: May Kickoff

Let’s kickoff the month of May together as a community!

In this live event we will discuss our schedule for the month and complete a short exercise to prepare for our upcoming collection development discussions.

This event is on Tuesday, May 4th at 11am Eastern. The Zoom link is here.





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.


Chelsea’s Challenge: Texture Trove

Shifting gears from last month’s Maximalism challenge, we will be tackling textures this month! I find that some of the most beautiful textures make use of hand-done artistic techniques, from marbling to splatter painting to tie dye, but there are also so many amazing ways to create textures digitally!

Textures are super versatile and WGSN describes why they are currently trending:

“As the recessionary consumer becomes increasingly conscious, the demand for seasonless fashion will pick up. The divide between work and home life is also diminishing and items need to be fit for every eventuality. Prints need to work harder. Small-scale textural patterns answer all these needs – they won’t look out of place at the office, the gym or on the couch. More importantly, they are timeless and will work across all markets and ages, maximising your selling opportunity.”

Get started with this month’s Chelsea’s Challenge here.


Upcoming Events

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

5/04/21 11am: TDL Monthly Kickoff

5/10/21 11am: Creating Collections Your Way

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

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

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




A Walk In Her Shoes: Georgia O’Keeffe

We are delighted to kick off a new monthly post series for 2021, created by Lab member Stephanie Chauvel (@stephanie-chauvel here in the Lab, @sc_patterndesign on Instagram.) Inspired by Lesson One of The Sellable Sketch where students are asked to identify and “walk in the shoes” of their favorite design hero.

Your assignment is to create a collection or a single pattern inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe or our Georgia O’Keeffe mood board. The images and colors that we are presenting reminded me of Georgia O’Keeffe’s style and were all used in WGSN’s Home Decor A/W 22/23 reports. It’s so interesting to see her style represented in today’s trends!

Get Started Here.


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 2, 2021

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