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TDL News 7-12-21

July Goals Check-In

Each month we come together as a community to check in with our progress and offer support to one another. There is no lesson during this hour long session, but an opportunity to share, listen and brainstorm ideas!

Our next Goals Check-in is on July 13 at 11am Eastern. The Zoom link can be found here.


It’s that time of year!!! Our Summer of Creativity is right around the corner and we are working to make this our best event yet! Register here.

This year’s topic is social media and how we can use social media in a consistent and impactful way. It starts on July 19, 2021 and runs for six weeks.


Chelsea’s Challenge: Photographic Florals

It seems that photographic prints come in and out of vogue periodically, but they are having a moment right now and they will be the focus of our Chelsea’s Challenge for July!

They are a fun one to try out for a change of pace if you are used to drawing or painting most of your motifs, and are great for a summertime challenge because you can go out for a walk and photograph what’s blooming in your area, be it your own back yard, a neighbor’s garden, or the local park.

Get started with this month’s design challenge here.



Recording Posted: July Kickoff

I was unable to host a live July Kickoff, so I recorded a short chat here.

In this chat I discuss our Summer/Fall Textile Design Lab Schedule and details about our upcoming Summer of Creativity.

If you would like to read our upcoming schedule you can do so here.

Watch the recording here.






Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

In this session Laura discussed using Symbols in Illustrator! Topics include:

Dynamic symbols and editing symbols
The symbolism tools like the sprayer & scruncher
When to use them, how they can save you time
and more!

You can watch the recording here.

Laura’s next session will be held on Tuesday, July 27th at 11am Eastern.



Recording Posted: LIVE One Hour Challenge

In this inspiring Live One Hour Challenge Chelsea leads us through a series of exercises to loosen us up and tap into our creativity.

For these exercises you’ll need: paper, markers—ideally in 4+ different colors (Sharpies are great but any markers should work,) tape, and string or yarn

You can watch a recording here.


Recording Posted: Photoshop training with Sherry London

In Sherry’s recent Photoshop training she shared techniques for using the Warp and Puppet Wrap Tools. It was a very insightful presentation and the techniques are handy for creating the abstract patterns we are all seeing on WGSN and the runway.

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.



Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Spaced Florals

We are thrilled to announce a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik!

This is the fifth in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that has been released over the next few months. In this tutorial Fizah shares her technique for creating spaced florals.

Watch the tutorial here.

Recording Posted: Designing for Blinds & Curtains with Laura Olivia

If you are interested in designing patterns for home decor this is a presentation that you do not want to miss!

Laura dives into the details of creating patterns for home decor, specifically curtains and blinds.

You can watch the recording here.





Upcoming Events

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

7/13/21 11am- TDL Goals Check-In

7/19/21 11am- Photoshop Training with Sherry London

7/19/21 – Summer of Creativity

7/27/21 11am – Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle




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 12, 2021

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