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TDL News 5-4-20

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. 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 4, 2020

2 Responses on TDL News 5-4-20"

  1. Dora says:

    Hi @michelle, I’ve never done a postcard exchange before. Are there any more specifics on what it would involve? Would it be an original piece of art, or a printed piece? Would we be mailing it to someone in another country? I’m assuming we create the postcard? Thanks!

    • Hi Dora! We’ll send out more specifics, but it doesn’t have to be an original piece of art. Yes, you could be paired up with someone in another country so you might need to load up on stamps. lol. Please let me know if you have more questions!

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