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TDL News 8/7/22

Recording Posted: Guest Expert Kathryn Sanders of Western Sensibility 

For week 4 of the Summer of Creativity and the theme of Science, we welcomed Kathryn Sanders who owns Western Sensibility.  Kathryn is a third-generation textile printer who has extensive experience in the textile industry and recently started her own textile printing company! She is passionate about sustainability and knowledgable about textile production and does all this in Missoula, Montana where community manager Chelsea Von Hasseln lives! Chelsea gave us a live tour of Western Sensibility as well as an interview. You can watch the event here.

Upcoming Event: Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 

Sherry’s next Exploring Photoshop will be August 15th at 11am EST. On July 18th Sherry added on to her June tutorial, by showing us how to work with color channels and incorporate Illustrator with line work from her wavy patterns. You can follow along with her tutorial here. 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. 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: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

On Tuesday July 26th Laura went over Adobe Spark, This application is included with an Adobe CC subscription, it will help you create marketing campaigns, auto post to social media, and you can use to it layout artwork for collections, as well as watermark  your photos.  So many uses! Here is where to find the presentation. In June 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. 

If you have suggestions/questions for future sessions, please add them to this thread.  You can ask her questions by tagging @laurac


Happening Now: Summer Of Creativity

We are about to wrap up our 6 week Summer of Creativity course, this is week 5, our elective week and week 6 will be a review. If you didn’t have time to participate live, you can join in the fun anytime with this link.  For this year’s Summer of Creativity, we headed “back to school” and explored a new topic each week that related surface pattern design to a different school subject like math, history, science, etc. And we did so together, as a group-study, through a dedicated forum and live events. You can participate any time you wish through our archived content.

Recording Posted: Gust Expert Presentation 

On Wednesday July 20th Tracy Schifeling presented on how math influences pattern design, specifically the 17 sets of “wallpaper groups” the geometry and math behind how a repeating pattern works! Watch the recording here.  This presentation tied in with our second week of the Summer of Creativity’s theme of mathematics. Tracy is a data scientist who also designs patterns for textiles and stationary. You can find a recent feature interview with Tracy right here from Pattern Observer. Tracy has lots of tutorials about how mathematics create repeating patterns on her blog, check it out.

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.

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.

8/11/22- Weekly Art Critique with Melissa Schulz 1pm EST

8/12/22- Coloring Hour at 1 pm EST

8/15/22- Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 11am EST

8/30/22- Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle at 11am 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.

August 7, 2022

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