I hope that you had a wonderfully productive week filled with development, creativity and marketing. Yes, I said marketing!
In my Textile Design Business course I recommend that self-employed designers put aside AT LEAST one day a week to market their business. This time can be spent reaching out to potential clients, updating a Linkedin profile, applying for freelance jobs through Craigslist, writing a newsletter, developing a new website, the list goes on and on. Many designers enjoy the development process so much that they forget one essential step: letting the world know what they are creating. This weekend, I encourage you to brainstorm three new marketing tactics or steps that you can take to grow your business by the end of September. Think outside of your comfort zone, have fun and begin to enjoy the marketing side of your business!
But before you run away….
Take the time to enjoy these unique tees from Athens, Greece-based atelier, Stories2Wear. “The essence of Stories2Wear is, and will always be, a deep love for illustration as an art form. Combined with an admiration for fashion, the two principles came together to create the brand. Transforming art into everyday wear is our dream.” To see more from Stories2Wear please visit their website and blog.
Hello there Pattern Observer! Today’s work comes to us from the Madrid-based studio, Pappenpop, which is “dedicated to the creation of designs that genuinely come to life, seduce us and inspire us to live engaged by that which is beautiful.” The studio has worked with such well known designers as Vista Alegre, Caselio, Hoss Intropia and Custo-Barcelona. I love these prints and think they are great example of how photography enthusiasts can share their work in a new way. You can see more work from Pappenpop on their website or blog. Have a great weekend!!
One of my new favorite blogs is Take One Daily from graphic/ textile designer Lina Moysis. Lina posts a new painting or drawing every day! Where she finds the time, I do not know, but I find the quality and consistency of her work so inspiring. Here’s what Lina has to say:
“I’m inspired by how history morphs our environments and how its woven into our experiences. It finds its way into my process from the subject matter to the colors I use and the people I meet. I feel that pattern is a constant dialogue between past and present and I’m constantly asking myself how the past influences my work and how I can make it fresh and new. I love the texture of pair and pencil; real, tactile materials and I feel that we collectively yearn for the tangible in a digital age. It’s been a wonderful process and I enjoy exploring it!”
As soon as I laid my eyes on these paintings I have been dying to share them with you! They are the work of the Berkeley based artist Tyson Anthony Roberts and are inspired by both rural and urban landscapes. What I love about his work is that it has a digital look and layout, but with the wonderful softness and texture that only a painting can have. The shapes are almost perfect, except for the mark of a paintbrush that once rested there….and they just make me smile. To see more of Tyson’s work please visit his website or purchase one of these beauties at 20×200. I hope that you are having a great week! -Michelle
This week’s Street pattern post should really be called “Court Patterns.” Over the past few weeks I have been glued to the TV and web, watching the US Open series. The tournament wrapped up on Monday, but I was really struck by all the graphic athletic tees that I saw on the court. Print and pattern were seldom seen on the female players, but the men were rocking graphic tee after graphic tee and here are just a few of my favorites. Did anyone else notice the trend?
These textiles and graphic tees are the work of Aaryn Nutter, a freelance textile designer living in Los Angeles, California. I am really drawn to the etherial quality to Aaryn’s beautiful work. Her prints and graphics are just heavenly! The tees are part of a new collection that Aaryn did for the line, WkShp, a cool new collaboration out of LA. In addition to working with WkShp, Aaryn recently started her own art studio, Aaryn West Surface Design Studio. The studio’s opening “about us” line is: “We dream of tie-dyed sneakers and floral-printed toaster ovens,” which I couldn’t have put better myself. A big thanks to WkShp for the use of their photos!
If there were ever a tee of scarf that had magical powers I think it would be one of these from Bonbi Forest. They are the work of designer & illustrator Lee May Foster, who has the most adorable online store, blog..the whole package. She is offering a £5 off voucher if you take a little survey so run on over and check it out! Excuse me, I am just going to ride away on one of these horses..tata!
MonkiVintage is one adorable little Etsy shop. The curators specialize in mid century, danish modern, industrial, and vintage home decor. Those children’s blocks are absolutely adorable, but I am really inspired by the ink block sets. I love the mismatched fonts combined with the texture of the worn blocks…great graphic tee inspiration!
I am not sure if you all caught Jules’ post yesterday at Lawn Party, but she posted the COOLEST rope bracelets from Poketo. Not only was I in love with this little summer accessory, but the entire site is filled with wonderful treasures, including an outstanding graphic tee selection. They have interesting designs, unique color usage, and the styles are perfectly cool..I need that sweatshirt! and did I mention the great prices? These are just a few of my favorites, but check out the entire collection here. Have a great Tuesday!
I am thrilled to announce the release of my first trend report for PATTERN OBSERVER, entitled “Opulence.” I am releasing the reports in installments throughout the next few months and when compiled will be a complete collection of textile design trends for Spring/ Pre-Fall 2012. I know some of you work on crazy far-out calenders, so I tried to make the trends/colors cross over into Fall ’12. Part II- 70′s Muse should be out in a few weeks..so stay tuned! Feel free to download and share the report. I truly hope this resource helps many of you overworked designers out there… please let me know what you think! xoxo-Michelle
Graphic tee inspiration two days in a row? I am on a roll! I adore this spring collection by JW Anderson. Such wonderful graphics, textures, and prints….and I love it when a brand has consistency between their men’s and women’s lines. I can’t wait to see more from this brand in the future!
D&G wrapped up their fall ’11 menswear show with models pouring out onto the runway in brightly colored graphic tees and sneakers. This is one of the coolest finales that I have seen in a while and a big thank you to style.com for posting all of these photos. They also wrote a fabulous review, which you can read here. Isn’t this amazing!?!! Check back in on Monday for more from the menswear shows!
Here are just a few more shots of the wonderful floral prints that D&G showed for Spring ’11. Sprinkled throughout the show were those awesome Disney tees that perfectly complimented the ladylike florals. There were also small sightings of the patchwork trend, which could emerge as a major player in Spring/Fall ’12…
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