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TDL News 8-29-21

Chelsea’s Challenge: Two Color Prints

Welcome back to Chelsea’s Challenge! We took last month off to give people a chance to focus on the Summer of Creativity course, but we are back with a new challenge for September: two-color prints.

While looking through WGSN’s S/S ’23 trend reports for inspiration for this month’s challenge, Chelsea noticed lots of two-color prints spread across the various trend stories.

Explore some of the trends Chelsea discovered and join us for this inspiring challenge!

Learn more here.

Upcoming Workshop: 2021 Goals Reset

A lot can happen in eight months. Goals shift and priorities change. This week is a time for us to come together as a community and look forward to the rest of 2021. Despite the unexpected changes that life presents, what can we do to move our business or creative practice forward? This course will set you up for success for the remainder of 2021.

Please join us for this one-week workshop which runs from August 30th-September 3rd and is free for all members. We’ll check in with our progress this year and choose a focus for the remainder of 2021.

Grab your spot here.



Upcoming Event: Growing your Business with Laura Olivia

Laura Olivia went from being a freelance textile designer to running her own print studio. In this presentation, Laura will share techniques for how you can grow your business and tips that she learned over the years.

Laura’s presentation is on Monday, July 30th at 10 am Eastern.

The Zoom link is here.






Upcoming Event: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

In Laura’s upcoming training she’ll be discussing “Fresco to Capture Patterns, and what you can do with these in Illustrator too.

There is a new freeform grid option in the Fresco to Capture pattern maker that makes the pattern feature a lot more useful. Let me know if you have been using it and finding it helpful. We talked about symbols recently, and these patterns now automatically generate symbols when you import them into Illustrator on the desktop – I find that really interesting for all the options it opens up in Illustrator.”

If you have questions for this session, please add them to this thread.

Laura’s next session is on Tuesday, August 31st at 11am Eastern.



Upcoming Course: Illustrator Artistry with Laura Coyle

On September 6, 2021, Laura Coyle will be teaching a new 5-week course called “Illustrator Artistry” that focuses on ways you can add organic texture and linework to your Adobe Illustrator art. Laura will introduce a number of techniques for adding personalized touches to your artwork while highlighting how each technique works with different methods for making repeat patterns in Illustrator and Photoshop. Some of the topics she’ll cover include:

  • Placed image textures and creating bitmap tiffs
  • Vector methods: Image Tracing and Adobe Capture
  • Clipping masks and opacity masks
  • Creating Art brushes for line and edge texture
  • Working with purchased texture assets and brushes

We’ll combine self-paced learning with a weekly live workshop.

  • Every Monday for 5 weeks a PDF for the week’s learning will be posted to the Textile Design Lab, along with a couple of key demonstration videos.
  • On Wednesdays at 1pm Eastern, we’ll have a live 2-hour workshop session on Zoom, where Laura will demonstrate the techniques, and you’ll have the chance to work alongside her on your own computer, ask questions, and share with the group.

After the workshop, the recording will be posted on the course page, so you can watch if you missed the live session or review it whenever you like. Throughout the week members are welcome to post questions and share work to our private course forum.

Grab your spot here.


Recording Posted: New Selection Methods with Sherry London

In Sherry London’s last presentation she shared new selection method options that we can use in Photoshop. It was such an informative presentation!

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: LIVE One Hour Challenge

In this inspiring Live One Hour Challenge, Chelsea shared a fabulous watercolor exercise.

You can watch a recording here.


Upcoming Events

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

8/30/21 11am – Growing your Business with Laura Olivia

8/30/21 – Goals Reset Workshop

8/31/21 11am – Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

9/6/21 – Illustrator Artistry with Laura Coyle

9/7/21 1pm – TDL Goals Chat session

9/13/21 7pm – Presentation by Rachael King Design



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 29, 2021

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