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TDL News 8-24-20

Upcoming Workshop: 2020 Goals Reset

Well that didn’t go as planned…who’s up for a reset?

Please join us for this two week workshop which runs from August 31st-September 14th and is free for all members. We’ll check-in with our progress this year and choose a focus for the remainder of 2020.

Grab your spot here.





Upcoming Event: August Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

From Laura, “July’s session was so much fun – check it out here. It’s all about Live Paint, a very fun and versatile way of coloring in Illustrator

For August I will be talking about Adobe Spark Post.

Spark is a web-based app plus a mobile app that is integrated with Creative Cloud and it allows you to make graphics easily. Perfect for promoting your business on social media and on your blog, website, emails, etc.

For all those times when you need graphics, but they don’t have to be absolutely, perfectly fine-tuned in Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign, Spark gives you great results, with access to all of your Adobe Fonts.

Spark comes in 2 other versions: Spark Video and Spark Page, for making video slide shows and web pages. If you have any other questions let me know! The date is Tuesday, 8/25/20 at 11 am EDT


New Studio Brief & Chelsea’s Challenge

This month we would like to help Lab members get involved in our new design brief for Pattern Observer Studio, so we’ve decided to run the same theme for this month’s Chelsea’s Challenge. There is no requirement to participate in the studio brief, you can certainly just take part in the challenge to build a collection for your portfolio without submitting to the studio at the end of the month. It’s up to you!

This year for Pattern Observer Studio has been quieter than usual with Coronavirus cancelling trade shows and client meetings, but we are SUPER excited that Branded Licensing (Melissa’s licensing agency) is planning to participate in the virtual Blue Print show in September, which will provide us the opportunity to show some new Pattern Observer Studio work! Melissa has informed us that the potential clients at Blue Print are broad, but skewed towards paper products, so this is where we’d like to focus our energies.

If you plan to submit your patterns for Blue Print, you must first read through our studio brief overview and our submission guidelines in order to ensure your patterns are created to our studio specifications. Otherwise please feel free to proceed with the challenge as you would any other month!

Link to Chelsea’s Challenge

Link to Studio Brief & Instructions


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, August 28th 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.




Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Ditsy Florals

We are so excited to announce that we just released a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik! This is the first in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that will be released over the next few months.

Watch the tutorial 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.

August 23, 2020

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