Jane Lewis in the Textile Design Lab

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

For many long-time Pattern Observer readers, the name Jane Lewis is a familiar one. Jane is the former Art Director and Creative Project Coordinator at P&B Textiles. She…

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How to Communicate your rates like a Pro

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

As a freelance textile designer it often makes sense to charge by the project or pattern. But there are other times when it makes sense to charge by…

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Do you have Bossy Boots?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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We are proud to present this guest post from Michelle Hunter of Michelle Hunter Creative.   Someone recently asked me to take a look at her website. She…

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How My Computer Skills Landed Me A Job in Fashion

Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Guest post by Sew Heidi When I was a little kid, being a fashion designer seemed comparable to being a Hollywood actress – something that isn’t very practical…

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Show Off Your Surface Pattern Designs with Stunning Photos

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Dari Design Studio guest post on Pattern Observer

We are so excited to welcome back Dari Design Studio, who we recently featured here, to share this fantastic tutorial on how to photograph your surface pattern designs to…

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Inside The Studio: Expanding your Business with a Balanced Portfolio

Monday, December 14, 2015

When you’re first starting your textile design business it’s important to focus your business in some way. Perhaps you want to tailor it to a particular artistic style,…

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Instagram Challenge: Paper Play

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Several months ago a client requested that we develop a realistic map of a mountain, much like the hand-painted masterpieces that you see in vintage atlases. I am…

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Why I Believe in Blogging… Even when it’s hard.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We are proud to present this guest post from Michelle Hunter of Michelle Hunter Creative. Blogging… Ugh. If you’re like most creative business owners, the LAST thing you…

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The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Textile Design

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A few months ago I started thinking about the graphic designers I know. The creative and talented people who design for print and digital media like web pages…

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“Getting Started on New Projects, Making Inspiration Happen, and Getting Around My Drawing Weaknesses”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Guest post by Angelina Rennell. Images in this post are all works done during Angelina’s daily journaling, as well as her “image” inspiration collecting.     If you’re a…

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