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TDL News 9-28-20

Collaboration for Designers Group Study

We’re excited to run our popular Collaboration Group-Study on September 28, 2020.

In this group-study you will learn the importance of working alongside other designers whether they be peers or clients, how to handle conflicts when they arise and how collaboration will enrich your design process. You will identify your strengths and what challenges you when working with others, and practice your new-found skills giving you the confidence to put them into action.

Grab your spot here.




Mark Your Calendars: Textures In Illustrator with Laura Coyle

From Laura,

“Hi everybody! September’s session is all about adding TEXTURE to your work in Adobe Illustrator! Let me know if you have any special questions through this forum post. The date is Tuesday, 9/29/20 at 11 am EDT. Looking forward to it!”

Watch the recording of Laura’s Adobe Spark tutorial here.





Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Paisleys

We are so excited to announce that we just released a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik!

This is the second in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that will be released over the next few months. In this tutorial Fizah shares her technique for creating intricate paisley patterns.

Watch the tutorial here.


New Chelsea’s Challenge: Brainsparker

We try to switch up Chelsea’s Challenge between having a more market-based or trend-based focus, and having more open-ended challenges that allow you to really stretch and explore. This is one of those months where everyone’s challenge will look very different, and we can’t wait to see all of the creativity that emerges!!

The starting point for this month’s challenge is an app called Brainsparker which TDL member Jenny Bova shared with Michelle recently and got us really inspired! Brainsparker offers a series of random prompt cards that can get you thinking about things in a different way than you typically might. Some of the prompts are more applicable to design than others, but you might be surprised at what comes up for you even if a prompt does not immediately seem to relate to design!

Get started here.


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, September 25th 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.




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.

September 27, 2020

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