10 Reasons You Should be Taking Surface Pattern Design Mastery

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I know you’re busy. With so much on your plate, it can feel challenging to achieve mastery in any one thing; especially pattern design. That’s why I am…

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3 Tips for Creating Eye-Catching Tossed Layouts

Monday, January 9, 2017

You toss a handful of autumn leaves up into the air, watching them fall to the ground. They land in a scattered pattern. Some facing up; some facing…

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The Quest for the Perfect Pattern Layout

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Some days it all comes together perfectly. Your pattern designs flow. You are able to sketch an interesting motif, bring it into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and then…

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2016 Reader Survey

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In last week’s newsletter I asked readers to tell me what they hope to accomplish within the first 12 weeks of 2017. It was wonderful to read the…

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Printsource Recap – Trade Show Takeaways and Tips from a First Time Exhibitor

Friday, November 11, 2016

*Guest post by Esther Shavon of E’FLOMAE. In August 2016 I debuted my trade show experience at Printsource New York through my print studio E’FLOMAE. Since then I…

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Behind the Scenes of How I Curated Our Studio Portfolio

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Here’s my true confession… I’m disorganized, and I love it. For some reason, I am that type of person who thrives in chaos. My desktop is a mess,…

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How To Build a Portfolio You Can Be Proud Of

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Technology and various website building platforms have truly become wonderful resources for freelancers and textile designers. Sites like Wix and Squarespace make the once difficult task of developing…

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Using Trends To Create Patterns

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Last week’s post shared why forecasting trends is so important to our work, as well as a few ways that you can begin dipping your toes into trend…

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Following Trends The Right Way

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Contrary to popular opinion, when you incorporate trends into your work it DOES NOT mean that you have to knock off current or recent runway designs. In fact,…

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Exhibiting at Licensing Expo – Recap by Susanne Kasielke

Monday, August 22, 2016
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Susanne Kasielke exhibited for the first time at Licensing Expo this past June and was kind enough to write up this informative post to tell us all about her…

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