Our Mission

Pattern Observer aims to support, inspire, and promote textile designers worldwide. Through our flagship online community, the Textile Design Lab, we provide a nurturing environment for creatives to flourish and build successful careers in the vibrant world of textile design.

Our Work

At Pattern Observer, we believe in empowering textile designers with the tools and resources they need to excel in their careers. We accomplish this through various platforms and initiatives:

  1. Blog, Social Media, and Weekly Newsletter: Our blog and social media accounts are a treasure trove of inspiration, industry insights, and interviews with influential designers. We keep our community informed and engaged through a weekly newsletter, delivering the latest updates, trends, and opportunities straight to their inbox.
  2. The Textile Design Lab: Our exclusive online community, the Textile Design Lab, serves as the backbone of our support system. It provides a nurturing space for designers to connect, collaborate, and learn together.

The Textile Design Lab

Join our community of over 200 Textile Designers who are transforming their craft and careers through our unique process, which includes:

1. Commit to Continuous Learning

In the Textile Design Lab, continuous learning is vital for growth and staying inspired as a professional designer. We facilitate this through Design Challenges, In-Depth Courses, Guest Expert Presentations and Live Design Challenges.

2. Establish a Supportive Network

Building a supportive network is crucial for professional growth. In the Textile Design Lab, we facilitate networking opportunities through: Weekly Live Artwork Critiques, a Community Forum, and a Guest Speaker Series.

3. Practice Consistency

Consistency is the key to success. The Textile Design Lab offers Monthly Pattern Collection Design Challenges, Speedy Design Challenges and a Goals Course to support our members’ journey toward becoming prolific designers.

4. Embrace Your Authenticity to Stand Out in the Marketplace

At the Textile Design Lab, we celebrate individuality and encourage designers to embrace their authentic artistic style. We achieve this by Offering Multiple Perspectives, Encouraging Revenue-Generating Opportunities, and Developing Leadership and Business Management Skills.

Meet The Team

Chelsea Von Hasseln – Community Manager and Freelance Textile Designer. Chelsea excels in repeats and using design software to create digital designs. She is an expert with a background in Textile Surface Design and a love for outdoor activities.

Amanda Rouse Letscher – Project Administrator and Designer. Amanda is a multi-talented artist and designer, proficient in painting, printmaking, and indigo dyeing. She manages her design business, teaches at the University of New Hampshire, and actively collaborates within the pattern design community.

Michelle Fifis – Founder and Creator of Textile Design Lab. Michelle is a successful textile designer and entrepreneur who left her corporate job to start her own freelance business in 2010. With a passion for teaching, she has helped numerous artists and designers improve their artwork and grow their businesses.

At Pattern Observer, we are dedicated to your success. Join our community, and let’s embark on a transformative journey together to achieve your textile design dreams!

At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab.

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