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TDL News 7-2-18

July Design Challenge: Royal Wedding

Like most of the world, we were captivated by the recent royal wedding!

As WGSN has forecasted, “The glamour of the royal wedding inspires a host of commercial product updates, perfect for the summer occasion season. Items are inspired by time-honoured elegance that leverages tailored sophistication for a new consumer looking to smarten up”.

We have chosen three different directions for this trend: feminine florals, soft laces, and a more masculine spin.

Members can read the full design challenge here.






Guest Expert Speaker: Ronnie Walter

Last month we had the privilege to welcome Ronnie Walter to the Textile Design Lab as our guest expert. In addition to being a talented artist, Ronnie is also a business coach for creatives and helps artists find their way to success.

In this recent presentation, Ronnie shared three ways to narrow your focus so that you can actually bring greater (and hopefully faster) success.

Members can grab the link here.






Print Show Recap with Michelle and Chelsea

Last month, Chelsea and I had the exciting experience of exhibiting for the first time at Surtex at the Javits Center in New York City, and then at Inception in High Point, North Carolina.

In Part I of this live chat we walk you through our preparations for Surtex and in Part II we explore Inception, an overview of our budget and what we will do differently next time.

Part I is posted here.

Part II is posted here.





Upcoming Events in the Lab

Mark your calendars! Our third annual Summer of Creativity starts on Monday, July 16th!

In each week of this eight week journey we’ll explore a new pattern style from around the world. You’ll uncover the history of the style, it’s relevance in today’s marketplace and explore techniques and tutorials to get you started.

Our Textile Design Lab team is always on the lookout for new “go-to techniques” and pattern styles that allow us to create more creative artwork that appeals to clients and buyers. We know these techniques will do the same for you!




Weekly Art Critique Please join Michelle Fifis for our live art critique held THURSDAY at 1 PM EDT. This is a fun event where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed out early on Thursday morning and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

July 2, 2018

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