Textile Design Lab

TDL News 5-28-18

Grab Your Spot: Print Studio Workgroup

Is your portfolio finalized and are you ready to apply to print studios? We’re here to help!

From Monday, June 11th- Friday, July 6th the TDL is running its second Print Studio Workgroup. This group will meet once a week for four weeks and will walk you step-by-step through the process of reaching out to print studios for representation.
There will be a short presentation at the beginning of each session with time for questions. Discussions will take place throughout the week on our forum. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Lab.
The only requirements are that you 1) are a current TDL member and 2) that you have an online portfolio that you are ready to show to print studios! Members can register here.



May Design Challenge: May Softness

I am so excited to share this new design challenge with you! I found this to be a very inspiring trend and have already started preparing my canvases and background patterns.

This month we are focusing on the fashion market, and our challenge is all about softness–softness in color, line and form.

In the challenge we explore Softened Geos, Nostalgic Photos and Tapestry Vibes. Drawing inspiration from a variety of different cultures and perspectives.

You can read the full design challenge here.

And I can’t wait to see what you create!



Upcoming Event: Summer of Creativity

Do your patterns always seem to fall short of your vision? Before long you start doubting your work, trying too hard to make something happen, and eventually you end up losing interest in the entire project. It doesn’t have to be this way.

In this 7-week course we’re sharing the exercises and techniques we use to bring our vision to life and create the patterns we see in our mind’s eye. Our Textile Design Lab team is always experimenting and coming up with “go-to techniques” that make our work appeal to clients and buyers. We know these techniques will do the same for you!

This event is FREE for TDL members and starts on July 16, 2018. Mark your calendars!


Weekly Art Critique Please join Michelle Fifis for our live art critique held THURSDAY at 1 PM EDT. This is a fun event where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed out early on Thursday morning and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

May 28, 2018

2 Responses on TDL News 5-28-18"

  1. Hi Michelle, I have registered for the print studio workgroup, however I have a question re portfolio. I have a website http://www.itsnaart.com, I have more recent work that is not on my website, however I can update in the next week. The question is would this count as my portfolio. I appreciate any form of guidance.

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