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TDL News May 15th

Hello there Textile Design Lab members!

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Please enjoy this week’s TDL News!!

Quiet-Arcs-on-Pattern-Observer-squareDesign Challenge

This month’s trend focuses on line work and how some of the most “simple” patterns can make a tremendous impact. To make these patterns marketable and attractive to buyers, try adding interesting textures to your line work, layering line work or even combining with other motifs or trends for those buyers looking for more complex patterns. With its sophisticated palettes featuring lots of neutral tones, the Linear Dimension trend lends itself easily to home decor, but to give yourself an extra challenge you might try fitting this trend to an unexpected market like children’s apparel, stationery or swimwear. Whatever market you choose to design for, make sure it’s one that inspires you to take the simplicity of this theme and put your own unique spin on it. Remember, pattern buyers shopping from freelance designers and studios are seeking designs that are unique enough that they would not be able to easily re-create in house, so while simplicity can be a wonderful thing, see how you can take your patterns one step further to ensure they are something special. Members can get started here.

The deadlines for the Linear Dimension challenge are:
Monday June 5th – finished collections due on the forum! Collections should consist of 3-5 prints (one “moneymaker” print and 2-4 coordinates.)


Art-of-Portfolio-CurationUpcoming Event: Art of Portfolio Curation Group Study

Deciding what artwork to show isn’t always easy, but having a system enables you to make more confident decisions.

In the Art of Portfolio Curation the Textile Design Lab team shares the exercises and techniques that they use to curate their artwork and see the “holes” in their portfolios.

The course is already posted to the Lab, but signing up for the group-study gives you access to bonus emails. It’s a fun way to stay motivated and work with a supportive group of TDL members!

This event is FREE for all Textile Design Lab members and the first email will be released on Monday, May 22nd. Members register here.



Maria-Ogedengbe-Textile-Design-LabMay 30th: Creating Adire Designs

We are excited to announce that designer Maria Ogedengbe will be joining us for a live training event on May 30th at 1pm Eastern. Maria will be showing us how to work with a wax pen to create a series of adire designs in Adobe Photoshop.

Maria Ogedengbe earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art in Painting/Printmaking. Her studio, ESTUDIO mariaurora, is located in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. She has completed projects and residencies in Mexico, Spain, and Nigeria – including hands-on research in textile arts in Lagos and Abeokuta. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held in galleries at the University of Lagos, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, among other venues.

This event is FREE for all Textile Design Lab members. A registration link will be sent out to members a day before the event.


Weekly Art Critique

Don’t forget to join us for our live art critiques held every Thursday at 1pm Eastern. This is a fun event where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. Registration links are emailed out every Thursday morning and a link can also be found in our Weekly Art Critique forum.

Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.









May 15, 2017

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