Critiquing Your Pattern Repeats

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

You’ve spent a lot of time working on your repeat. Your eyes may be feeling buggy, and your thoughts may have drifted to that caution zone of “I…

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The Right Way to Repeat

Monday, April 3, 2017
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There’s a trend emerging in the textile design industry, and as much as I’d tried to, I just don’t like it. Over the years the industry has become…

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How Photoshop for Designers Will Help You Be a Better Designer

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Adobe Photoshop can open up a world of opportunity for designers. It enables you to create artwork that is more authentic and representative of your true artistic style….

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5 Tips for Working with Your Sketches in Photoshop

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Photoshop is wonderful resource that allows us to do many of our favorite parts of designing in it. We can: Manipulate photos Draw and design directly in Photoshop…

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3 Ways to Overcome Digital Artwork Frustration

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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Diving into the creative process with paints, charcoals, pencils, or other mediums is one of the most rewarding parts of our craft. This creative freedom is exciting and…

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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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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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Lo-Temp Batik with Maria Ogedengbe

Monday, February 22, 2016
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Each month in the Textile Design Lab we welcome an industry expert who offers training in their area of expertise. For the month of February we have been lucky to have Maria…

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Designing for Kitchen Textiles with Laura Olivia

Monday, December 21, 2015
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Each month in the Textile Design Lab we welcome an industry expert who offers training in their area of expertise. For the month of December we have been honored…

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