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TDL News 5/22/22

 Changes to the Friday Coloring Hour 

We are shaking up the weekly coloring hour!! Starting this Friday we will add a little more structure to the hour with a weekly theme. Some weeks the theme will be based on WGSN trends, other weeks will be about materials and tools, and some weeks we are hoping to have a member driven “one hour challenge” where a TDL member guides us through a creative exercise. For this Friday we are going to be sketching from the trend “People Power”  check out the brief right here. We hope you will join us for some sketching and sharing and of course you are still welcome to work on a pressing project of your own =) If you want to host a one hour challenge you can tell us about it using this form. We are looking forward to all the fun we will have together!

Upcoming Event: Selling Products On Your Website with Vicki Wallis

Vicki Wallis will join us for another informative presentation May 24th at 12pm EST Vicki is a freelancing expert and works in women’s fashion design. Start to think about your questions for selling products online, do you use Shopify, Squarespace, Social Media for sales? This can be a complicated process to set up and usually involves lots of research. Vicki will surely help us out.

 Current Course: Collaboration for Designers

This two week course runs May 16th-27th In this course you will learn the importance of working alongside other designers whether they be peers or clients, how to handle conflicts when they arise, and how collaboration will enrich your design process. You will identify your strengths, what challenges you when working with others, and practice your new-found skills, giving you the confidence to put them into action. There are 10 lessons with a small task to complete as well as two larger assignments in this course. Collaboration and clear communication are crucial to many design jobs, we should all take some time to sharpen these skills! Sign up here

Upcoming Event: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

Laura’s April Illustrator Live Course was April 19th. Laura gave us a tour of Creative Cloud Libraries, the Creative Cloud app, and Cloud Documents. Here is where you can find the recording. Laura’s next Illustrator Live Class will be May 31st at 11am.

In March’s Illustrator Live Event Laura gave us tips for using Illustrator and InDesign to organize and prepare your files for an exportable, linkable PDF portfolio so you can easily apply to studios and job offerings. Find the recording here. 


If you have suggestions/questions for future sessions, please add them to this thread.  You can ask her questions by tagging @laurac


Recording Posted: Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 

In this month’s Exploring Photoshop Sherry will showed us how to create images for the soft focus floral trend happening right now.  You can watch the recording here.  In April’s Exploring Photoshop Sherry discussed the program Adobe Bridge and explained how the program can be used in tandem with Photoshop to help you organize, publish, and edit your files. Watch the recording.  If you have questions you can ask them in the tech talk forum and tag @prancingpixel

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.

Chelsea’s Challenge: Flower Power

Our new Chelsea’s Challenge is here! For this month’s challenge we will be celebrating the spring season with three flower themed trends. These trends may be applied to any market of your choosing. You are welcome to stick to just one trend, or for an additional challenge you can try to incorporate two or even all three of the trends into your pattern collection.

Check out the full post here which includes three inspiring trend boards and downloadable color swatches from WGSN’s S/S 24 palette.

Recording Posted: Community Conversation with Karen Avila 

TDL member Karen Avila hosted a lovely and informative Community Conversation on May 11th. Karen discussed weekly planning strategies to provide maximum productivity.  This recording offers a very helpful exercise you can do to help prioritize and reflect on your tasks.  Watch her presentation here. Karen also sells digital planners if you are in need. Are you interested in hosting a community conversation you can sign up here, these events are a casual conversation about any topic the host chooses, where we can gather as a community and learn from and support each other.

Recording Posted: Chelsea’s LIVE One Hour Challenge

Chelsea’s LIVE one hour challenge was Tuesday May 3rd.  Join us for this entertaining, creative adventure!  Please note the following supplies should be gathered…Paper (ideally something a bit thicker like cardstock) a thumbtack, an Xacto knife, something to cut on like a self healing mat or even just a big piece of cardboard, and tape. Here is the link.


You can watch the recording here from her Challenge in April. If you plan to follow along please be prepared with the following materials: Scissors, paper, drawing materials of your choice in multiple colors, and something round to help trace circles, like a bowl or small plate.

Recording Posted: Community Conversation about the new Patternfield app

Thursday May 5th we shared what we have learned about using the new Patternfield App. This is a new subscription based platform for designers to sell and license their art and patterns. Because it is brand new, there have been lots of changes and complications and it seems like a great opportunity to learn from each other about the best practices for using this platform. Here is the link


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

5/23/22- New Repeat Feat Released!

5/24/22- Selling Products on your website with Vicki Wallis 12pm EST

5/26/22- Weekly Art Critique with Mary Jane Mitchell at 1pm EST

5/27/22- TDL Coloring Hour 1pm EST

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 21, 2022

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