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TDL News 5/29/22

Chelsea’s Challenge: Denim

For our latest Chelsea’s Challenge we are doing something we’ve never done before and focusing on designing for denim! There are a ton of print trends happening in the world of denim right now, and some interesting technological developments that are helping to push the denim industry in a more Earth-friendly direction.

Check out the full post here which includes three inspiring trend boards and links to TDL tutorials that will help get the creative juices flowing.

Upcoming Event: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

Laura’s April Illustrator Live Course 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 Tuesday May 31st at 11am. Laura will show us the ins and outs of Adobe Capture Patterns and how to edit them in Illustrator.


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


New Repeat Feat Released

Every month a Lab member’s pattern will be chosen to demonstrate different repeat techniques. Our May Repeat Feat features artwork by Milo Tsukroff Check out the video here!

You can find previous Repeat Feats under “All Tutorials” in the Learning Center tab of the TDL.

Click here to submit for July’s Repeat Feat. Please use this form as well when you upload your artwork so we have extra information about your file.



Upcoming Event: Chelsea’s LIVE One Hour Challenge

The next Live One Hour Challenge will be Wednesday June 1st at 1pm EST Mark your calendars for this fun community event. You will need to bring paper and your favorite drawing tools in at least five different colors.

Here is the link  to watch the challenge from May. 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.



June Group Study: Trends and Mood Boards 

This June the Textile Design Lab will focus on how to successfully research trends, create mood boards for clients, and share ways to incorporate trends in to your portfolio to sell more art. When a client asks for a trend board at your next design opportunity, you will confidently and quickly be able to give them the vision they desire.  There will be a Guest Expert Presentation from Pattern Curator with tips on creating a trend board, a demonstration from Laura Coyle on making a board in Illustrator, and a challenge to create your own from a design brief. SIGN UP HERE!!!

 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.  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!

Recording Posted: Selling Products On Your Website with Vicki Wallis

Vicki Wallis presented on the important details of running a website shop. She discussed the pros and cons of print on demand products, the importance of having a niche market, some fabulous tips for successful marketing, and why she loves to use Shopify. Here is the recording of this event. Vicki is a freelancing and sustainability expert and works in women’s fashion design.

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.

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: 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.

5/30/22- Chelsea’s Challenge Released

5/31/22- Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle 11am EST

6/1/22- One Hour Live Challenge with Chelsea at 1pm EST

6/2/22- Weekly Art Critique with Melissa Schulz l at 1pm EST

6/3/22- 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 29, 2022

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