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TDL News 6-08-20

Upcoming Event: 2020 Summer of Creativity

It’s back!!! Each year we host a six week Summer of Creativity for our TDL members and I am thrilled to dive into this year’s event!

This year’s Summer of Creativity will be six weeks of self-care for your creative spirit. I’ll have more details next week, but I wanted everyone time to mark their calendars. The event begins on June 22nd.

Please register for this event (it’s free for members) so that you can receive all the bonus emails and information.

Register here.



Chelsea’s Challenge: Silk Scarves

This month we are focusing Chelsea’s Challenge on a particular product–silk scarves. MaryJane suggested this idea after last week’s art critique where a number of members expressed enthusiasm for designing for scarves. So let’s go for it! Silk scarves are so much fun to design for because they are a different format than most patterns we typically create. They are often square (of course they can be rectangular too) and while they can be all-over patterns, more often than not they are some form of engineered print.

We are providing downloadable Pantones from WGSN’s “Enhanced Nature” and “Everyday Pleasure” palettes for Spring/Summer 2022. As always, these palettes are just provided as a jumping off point and it is not required that you use them.

Recording Posted: Working with Print Studios by Fizah Malik

Fizah Malik‘s live presentation was such an inspiring treat!

You can watch the recording to learn more about the process of working with print studios, how to find print studios to work with and how Fizah stays productive!


Upcoming Event: TDL Coloring Hour

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for our TDL Coloring Hour. It was a wonderful chance to come together and chat about life and art! Please join us this Friday, June 12th at 1pm Eastern for another coloring event.

Remember, you are welcome to work on your own art project during this time or you can use the downloadable coloring sheet that will be sent out on Friday morning.




Recording Posted: Working with hand-drawn motifs in Illustrator with Laura Coyle

In this presentation Laura answered questions about working with hand-drawn motifs in Illustrator and how to get rid of the “funky parts” that are created when using the Image Trace tool. She also explored compound paths and working with purchased mockups in Illustrator.

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.

June 8, 2020

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