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TDL News 9-16-19

Upcoming Event: TDL Marketing Workshop

Join us for our first Marketing Workshop in the TDL!

In this two week workshop we will explore the theme of “celebrating smallness” and how this message can be shared across various social media platforms.

The workshop runs from September 23 – October 7th and includes access to WGSN Insight.

Lessons will be posted to the Lab for all to access, but please register if you would like to receive email updates and access to WGSN during the workshop.

Register Here.



Mark Your Calendars: Gift Bags with MaryJane!

MaryJane Mitchell, one of our fabulous TDL experts, will be giving a live presentation on Wednesday, September 25th at 1:30pm EDT.

In this presentation MaryJane will share her experiences designing for the gift bag market and how you can get started. This event will be followed by our October Design Challenge, which will be designing for gift bags!

A registration link will be sent out on the morning of the event.





Mark Your Calendars: September Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

A message from Laura, “Thanks to all who participated in the August session, where we talked a lot about setting up files to get better performance out of Illustrator. I hope that has been helpful to you!

Our next meeting is September 24th, Tuesday at noon EDT.

I’ve received some great topic suggestions: Questions on how to work between Illustrator and Photoshop using Vector Smart Objects, and how to prepare files in Illustrator to work with them in Photoshop. Another question came in about how to best use CC Libraries in Illustrator. That’s a topic that relates well to working between PS and Ai, and so I will use both topics as the main direction for what we talk about on the 24th.

If you have anything to add on those subjects or specific questions about Vector Smart Objects or Libraries, etc. post here. I’m in the process of gathering examples and research, and I learn a lot from your specific needs as textile designers.”


New Studio Brief: Sleepwear

Hi everyone! As you may know, we exhibited at Premiere Vision in July and met some wonderful new clients, several of whom hailed from the sleepwear industry (if you’d like to hear more about our recent experience at PV you can watch our video recap here.)

This month, we’d like to put together a presentation of patterns for these women’s sleepwear clients that will also work within the Pattern Observer Studio collection and can be shown at upcoming trade shows like Surtex.

Learn more about this opportunity here.




Fall Schedule Released

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! In this Pattern Observer blog post you’ll find our schedule of events for the remainder of 2019. ⁠

One of the most exciting changes is that we are extending our partnership with WGSN to include access to WGSN Insight. If you are not familiar with the platform, Insight “provides original intelligence and research on the latest consumer, marketing, retail and innovation trends.” We will be using this tool in new bimonthly marketing workshops held within our #textiledesignlab community. These workshops will help to improve the connections that members are making with buyers, clients, consumers, while also helping to inform on the design process to make our members more attractive candidates for in-house design positions and internships. ⁠

All events listed in our schedule are free for members. There are no additional fees for these events or courses. Here are just a few of the upcoming events, you can see the entire list in this blog post.

  • Sept 23: Marketing Workshop, includes access to WGSN Insight
  • Oct 14: Sellable Sketch Group-Study, including access to WGSN Fashion or Home
  • Oct 28: Print Studio Workshop


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.

September 17, 2019

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