Textile Design Lab

TDL News 7/10/22

Upcoming Event: Summer Of Creativity

For this year’s theme, we are heading “back to school” and will explore a new topic each week that relates surface pattern design to a different school subject like math, history, and science. And we’ll be doing so together, as a group-study, through a dedicated forum and live events.The course will run for 6 weeks, from Monday July 11th-Friday August 19th, 2022. WGSN access is included as part of this class on a first-come first-served basis, with 290 spots available–so be sure to read our welcome email on July 11th and sign up early! Register for the course and emails with this link.

Recording Posted: Chelsea’s LIVE One Hour Challenge

Chelsea’s most recent Live One Hour Challenge was July 6th you can participate with this link. You will need a drawing medium of your choice and your phone to take photos of your artwork. Here is the link to the previous Live One Hour Challenge from June. You will need to bring paper and your favorite drawing tools in at least five different colors.

Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

This month Laura presented how to make trend boards using Illustrator.  This tutorial is also super helpful if you want to create a collection board or simply place patterns in progress all together in a layout.  Watch it here. In May Laura showed us the ins and outs of Adobe Capture Patterns and how to edit them in Illustrator. This tutorial is incredible, be sure to watch so you can use the tool successfully, there are tons of tips you need to know.

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 

On June 20th Sherry discussed how to create wavy patterns from a photo with a few filters using Photoshop. This is a very unique approach to creating a pattern. You can watch the recording right here.In last month’s Exploring Photoshop, Sherry showed us how to create images for the soft focus floral trend happening right now.  You can watch the recording here.  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: Guest Expert Presentation with Pattern Curator 

This Friday June 24th Guest Expert Kristine Go of Pattern Curator presented on how she creates her amazing trend boards. You can watch the talk with this link. This June, for Trend Month, we are focusing 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.

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.

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.



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

7/11/22- Summer of Creativity Begins!

7/14/22- Weekly Art Critique with Lise Gulassa 1pm EST

7/15/22- Coloring Hour at 1 pm EST

7/20/22-  Guest Expert Presentation Tracy Schifeling at 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.

July 10, 2022

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